His Beatitude Emeritus
Patriarch Michael Sabbah

I see in this group of Muslim and Christian believers, who opted for the path of dialogue, an example to emulate and a religious necessity by which each believer strengthens his faith.

For each believer becomes more faithful to God when he believes in his fellow man. According to St. John’s First letter (4:20):

If anyone says, “I love God”, and hates his brother, he is a liar for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.

Each believer is in need of Al-Liqa’ Center’s programs, in order to adjust his path to God in light of the reality in which his fellow man lives, so as to know him and to serve him better.

By listening to others we pay tribute to God and by abasing others we depart from God’s commandment. On the other hand, ignorance of others is a diminution of God’s right and man’s right.

Dialog is one of the characteristics of the local church and of this country, given the great variety of its religious and cultural communities.

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Al-liqa Upcoming Events

Conference on Palestinian Contextual Theology (PCT 2014)

22nd Session

"The Palestinian Christian between Citizenship and Faith"

12-14 December 2014

Al-liqa Visitors

Mrs. Nashashibi from Ireland Visit the Center

18 August 2014

The center was visited by Mrs. Nashashibi who is an Irish who lives presently in Ireland. She is deeply interested in Muslim – Christian dialogue. She listened to the experiences of Al-Liqa’ Center and topics covered in all its conferences since 1983 . . . .

 Al-Liqa Wednesday Fourm

Evening Forum, Panel titled:
“Horizons for the Resolution of the Conflict in Aftermath of the Aggression against Gaza in 2014”

By Professor ‘Aziz Haidar

16 October 2014
Al-Liqa’s Lecture Hall - Bethlehem

Al-Liqa Heritage Conference

The Arab Christian and Muslim Heritage Conference in the Holy Land
Christian – Muslim Dialogue Conference
The 26th session
The Arab Heritage in Jerusalem"

The three day conference began in the afternoon of Thursday 25 September 2014 in the Bethlehem Hotel in Bethlehem, titled: “The Arab Heritage in Jerusalem”. The opening was attended by leading Muslim and Christian personalities, Bishops, minister, academicians and community leaders, from throughout the Holy Land. The inaugural welcoming address was given by Director of Al-Liqa’, Dr. Geries S. Khoury who stressed that the Center continues to play the role of preserving national identity since 1982. Jerusalem is always in the heart and mind of the program and mind of members of Al-Liqa’. Despite this age where some accuse others of unbelief (Takfiri), Dr. Khoury added, we need to remind the whole world that we remain one people, Muslims and Christians, who reject the Takfiris who have no relation with Islam or any other religion. ...

25-27 September 2013
Bethlehem Hotel - Bethlehem

 Al-Liqa Participation

A Panel titled
 “Shared Living is a Guarantee to National Unity”

At the invitation of the Culture and Arts division of the municipality of Shafa ‘Amr and its head Murad Haddad, a municipal Council member, a panel was held in the municipality hall on Tuesday evening titled: “Shared Living is a Guarantee to National Unity” which was attended by members of society, both clerics and secular, as well as members of municipal council. Mayor Ameen ‘Anabtawi welcomed the gathering pointing out the crimes that are being committed by Da’ish in the name of religion even though it is closer to ugly animalistic behavior....

Shafa ‘Amr
9 September 2014

 Al-Liqa Youth Visit

Al-Liqa’s Youth group visited a number of the Gaza war injured at the Arab Society Hospital

  Al-Liqa’s Youth group visited a number of the Gaza war injured who were at the hospital of the Arab Society in Beit Jala and inquired about the health of the injured and gave them symbolic gifts on behalf of Al-Liqa’ Center. ....more

19 August 2014
Arab Society Hospital - Beit Jala

 Al-Liqa meetings

Dr. Geries S. Khoury meeting with several research students

 Dr. Geries S. Khoury met with several students who are working on their M.A. thesis or Ph.D. dissertation on Christian – Muslim dialogue, emigration of Christians from Palestine and peace. All students who met Dr. Geries on different occasions in July and August wanted to know about the studies that were carried out by Al-Liqa’....more

18 August 2014


 Al-Liqa Activities

Al-Liqa’ Center and Sabeel Center

Muslims and Christians condemned the Israeli war on Gaza

Tens of leading personalities and Christian Muslim clerics attended this gathering which was sponsored by Al-Liqa’ and Sabeel Centers. Prior to the joint Iftar, H.B. Patriarch Michael Sabbah welcomed this large gathering and spoke of present tragic developments in Gaza and concluded his remarks by stressing that we will be victorious because we have the right despite that the Israelis possess the most advanced destructive arms. . . more

16 July 2014
Bethlehem Hotel - Bethlehem

Al-Liqa New Publications:

Al-liqa' Newsletter in Arabic,  Volume 24, June 2014
Al-liqa' Newsletter in English,  Volume 48, June 2014
Al-liqa' Journal in English,  Volume 42, June 2014
Al-liqa' Journal in Arabic,  Volume 1-2, year 2014
Fr. Rafiq Khoury book in Arabic

Al-Liqa Lecture

Lecture titled:

The Challenges which face Christians in our country and proposals to solve them

Lecture by Dr. Geries S. Khoury

Wednesday 25 June 2014
Kufr Kanna

Al-Liqa Youth Program

Al-Liqa’s Youth (Young People):
Educational and Entertainment Visit to Jericho and Surroundings

Al-Liqa Center organized a field trip to the youth. George Maria, Sima Ghawali and Marian Basous who are in charge of Al-Liqa’s Youth Section took part in this visit. Accompanying them was Dr. Geries S. Khoury, director of Al-Liqa’ Center. Mr. Iyad Qumsieh of Alternative Tourism in Beit Sahour, was the tourist guide who led the group in this visit.. . . more

11 June 2014

Al-Liqa Study Day

Al-Liqa’ Center’s Study Day in English titled “Arab Christian Heritage in the Holy Land”

The study day on “Arab Christian Heritage in the Holy Land” was attended by members of the diplomatic service, Church organizations, NGO’S representatives and expatriates. The main aim of it is to inform and familiarize them with the Christian Arab Heritage in Palestine. Group members were welcomed on behalf of H.B. Michael Sabbah, President of the Board of Trustees of Al-Liqa’. . . more

6 June 2014
Bethlehem Hotel - Bethlehem

Thesis Discussion

M.A. Thesis of Rania Atallah at the University of Bir Zeit titled:
“The Relation between the Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Greek Orthodox Church, the Greek Clergy and the Greek Orthodox Parishioners”

A discussion of the thesis was held at the university campus of Bir Ziet. The defender of the thesis was Ms Rania Sameer Mitri Atallah who worked under the supervision of Dr. Zuheir Al-Sabbagh. Dr. Geries S. Khoury was a member of the examiners while Dr. Saleem Tamari was the other examiner. . . . more

5 June 2014
Bir Zeit, West Bank, PNA

 Al-Liqa Wednesday Fourm

A Panel titled:
“A Reading of His Holiness Pope Francis’ Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, 24-26 May 2014”

H.E. Bishop William Shomali, the first panelist, followed with an overview of organizing the visit of the Pope and the ecumenical aspect of the visit which was seen in the meeting between the Pope and the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church, Bartholomew, in the holy Sepulcher church. The Pope then met with the Mufti of Jerusalem. . . . more

4 June 2014
Al-Liqa’s Lecture Hall - Bethlehem


Scientific Research

Al-Liqa’ Center for Religious and Heritage Studies in the Holy Land announces
the publication of refereed researches in different subjectsts

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