giovedì, gennaio 10, 2013


Veritas speaker to discuss courage of faith in Baghdado

By Holland Sentinel January 10, 2013
by Andrea Goodell

Iraqi Christians once numbered 2 million. Now, there are 200,000.
“Most have had to leave because they’re persecuted, targeted,” the Rev. Andrew White said.
White, known as “the Vicar of Baghdad,” has led St. George’s Anglican Church in the heart of Baghdad since 1998 and will be the featured speaker this weekend at Hope College’s Veritas Forum. The ninth biennial forum will explore “Courage and Crisis: Embracing a costly discipleship.”
“I’m going to talk about the risks the Christians of Iraq have taken and how we all as followers of Jesus need to be prepared to take risks,” White said Thursday in an interview. “In Saddam’s day, it was safe. You could walk down the street and there were no bombs, but everybody lived in fear. Saddam was evil.”
Even after the war, violence in Iraq continues.
“Every day there are bombs and rockets — literally all around us,” White said. “We are very much in a war zone, but we never give up, we keep going and we manage.”
But why live surrounded by violence for 14 years?
“I had a profound sense that is where I am meant to be,” White said.
He manages the embassy chapel, St. George’s and its 5,500 members, an attached school and clinic as well as working with the area’s Sunni and Shia Muslim leaders on reconciliation efforts between the two sects.
In 2010, White helped facilitate the first Sunni-Shia joint Fatwa against targeting minorities, such as the city’s Christians, in violent attacks.
White is also president of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East which exists to support his work at St. George’s and in reconciliation. When not in Baghdad or traveling, Andrew’s home base is in Hampshire with his wife Caroline and his two sons, Jacob and Josiah.
The Veritas Forum began at Harvard University in 1992 as a way to get students to think about what the school was founded upon: the Veritas, or truth, of Jesus Christ. Since then, dozens of campuses in the United States and abroad have emulated the Harvard model and held forums of their own.
“How do we think through courage now so when the crisis hits — and it will hit in all our lives — we are prepared” said Hope professor Marc Baer, one of the event’s founders.

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