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Apr 11 2024


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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The Bible’s Role in Settler Colonialism: A Focus on Palestine and Beyond

Join us on April 11th at 7:00 PM in the Nave & Online for an illuminating panel discussion featuring Rev. Mitri Raheb, a Palestinian Christian theologian and author of “Decolonizing Palestine: The Land, The People, The Bible,” alongside Dr. Kwok Pui-lan, a distinguished Asian American Feminist Theologian. Together, we will embark on a critical examination of how Western interpretations of the Bible have perpetuated settler colonialism and oppressed the Palestinian people.

Our discussion aims to highlight the urgent need to decolonize our perspectives. By raising our awareness, we can identify how biblical narratives have been weaponized against Palestinians and communities across the Global South. Join us as we explore strategies to dismantle these oppressive structures and cultivate a more inclusive and just theological framework.




Thursday, April 11, 2024, 7:00 PM

The Riverside Church | Nave & Online
490 Riverside Drive
New York, NY


Kwok Pui Lan headshot

Dr. Kwok Pui Lan’s Bio:

Dr. Kwok Pui Lan is Dean’s Professor of Systematic Theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and a past president of the American Academy of Religion. She has authored and edited numerous books on Asian and Asian American feminist theology, biblical interpretation, and postcolonial criticism. An internationally known theologian, Kwok received her doctorate from Harvard University. Her publications include Postcolonial Politics and Theology; Globalization, Gender, and Peacebuilding; Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology; and Discovering the Bible in the Non-Biblical World. She has lectured across the United States and in many parts of the world.

Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb

Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb’s Bio:

Founder and President of Dar al-Kalima University in Bethlehem. The most widely published Palestinian theologian to date, Dr. Raheb is the author and editor of 50 books including: Decolonizing Palestine: The Land, The People, The Bible; In the Eye of the Storm: Middle Eastern Christians in an Age of Empire; Politics of Persecution: Middle Eastern Christians in an Age of Empire; The Cross in Contexts: Suffering and Redemption in Palestine; Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible through Palestinian Eyes; His books and numerous articles have been translated so far into thirteen languages. Rev. Raheb served as the senior pastor of the Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem from June 1987 to May 2017 and as the President of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land from 2011-2016.  A social entrepreneur, Rev. Raheb has founded several NGO‟s including the Christian Academic Forum for Citizenship in the Arab World (CAFCAW). He is a founding and board member of the National Library of Palestine, and a founding member of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, a US 501c3 non-for-profit organization. He is an elected member to the Palestinian National Council as well as the Palestinian Central Council.

Rev. Dr. Raheb received in 2022 an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary. In 2017 he received the Tolerance Award from the European Academy of Science and Arts, in 2015 the Olof Palme Prize. In 2012 the German Media Prize was awarded to Dr. Raheb. Launched in 1992, this award was mainly granted to Heads of States, including President Obama (2016) the German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2009), Bill Clinton (1999), Nelson Mandela (1998), King Hussein of Jordan (1997), Boris Yeltsin (1996), President Arafat (1995), Yitshak Rabin (1995). He also received for his outstanding contribution to Christian education through research and publication‟ an Honorary Doctorate from Concordia University in Chicago (2003)   and   for   his interfaith   work   the “International Mohammad Nafi Tschelebi Peace Award” of the Central Islam Archive in Germany (2006) and in 2007 the well-known German Peace Award of Aachen. The work of Dr. Raheb has received wide media attention from major international media outlets and networks including CNN, ABC, CBS, 60 Minutes, BBC, ARD, ZDF, DW, BR, Premiere, Raiuno, Stern, The Economist, Newsweek, Al-Jazeera, al-Mayadin, RT, LBC, Vanity Fair, and others. Dr.  Raheb holds a  Doctorate  in  Theology  from  the  Philipps  University  at  Marburg, Germany.  He is married to Najwa Khoury and has two daughters, Dana & Tala. For more, www.mitriraheb.org