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

"Is Christianity about to vanish in the Arab East?"

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12-14 December 2014
Bethlehem Hotel -Bethlehem

Al-liqa Upcoming Events

19 November 2014

- An Italian group will visit Al-Liqa Center

20 November 2014 - Dr. Khoury will participate in a panel intitle: “The Sharing living in Jerusalem”
28 November 2014

- An Italian group will visit Al-Liqa Center

28 November 2014 - Dr. Khoury will deliver a lecture to the employees and friends of the Bible Society – Jerusalem
4 December 2014

- Al-Liqa and Sabeel Centers will present their publication on “Peaceful resistance in Islam and Christianity”  at Bethlehem University

24 December 2014 - Dr. Khoury will deliver a lecture on “Christian stand on interfaith dialogue and its role in peace making” conference at Haifa University

Al-liqa Visitors

A group from Rome Visit the Center

3 November 2014

Dr. G. Khoury met a group from Rome led by Fr. Bernardo Cervellera.

The meeting was on Al-Liqa Center programs, activities, aims and on life together in Palestine. .. . . . more


Al-Liqa New Publications:

New Publication for Dr. Jeries Khoury, a book title: "Christian Arab presence between yesterday and today"
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

Al-Liqa’ Youth Group Meeting

Al-Liqa’ Youth Group Meeting

Civil Defense Training session

The first day training of a several sessions will be offered by “The Civil Defense” in Bethlehem to Al-Liqa’ Center Youth group.. . . more

6 November 2014
Al-Liqa’s Lecture Hall - Bethlehem

Al-Liqa Participation

Forum titled: “Challenges Facing Christians in the Arab Orient”
Organized by the two parishes of Sharing and Love in cooperation with the Cultural Club in the Orthodox Sectarian Council in Haifa

Dr. Khoury in his speech focused on the Takfiri challenge which confronts the Arab Orient in general and the Christians in it in particular. In his interposition, he emphasized that any kind of fanaticism, extremism and the thought that excluded and cancels the other is not human and it is not accepted for anybody in this time of ours.. . . . more

12 November 2014
Haifa – Greek Orthodox Hall

 Al-Liqa Publication

A new joint published book between Al-Liqa and Sabeel Centers on
“Christian and Muslim peaceful resistance”

At the invitation of Al-Liqa and Sabeel Centers and with the collaboration with Sheikh Zuheir al-Dib’i and Rev. Ibrahim Nairuz from Nablus City, a good number of clerics, academicians and politicians attended the presentation of the new published book. . . . more

6 November 2014
Public Library - Nablus

 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 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


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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