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The 151st Commencement: Tuesday, May 19

Commencement will feature remarks by Middle East peace advocate Dr. Mitri Raheb

LTSP Academic LogoThe keynote speaker for this year’s commencement exercises in the seminary’s 151st year will be the Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, President of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, Palestine, and powerful advocate for peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The commencement is set for 3:00 pm Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1000 West Main Street in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Fifty-three seminarians are scheduled to receive either degrees or certificates at the exercises. Senior Class President Mark David Johnson will offer remarks on behalf of his classmates. A Monday evening, May 18 ,Farewell and Godspeed service will be held at 7:30 pm in the Shaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on the seminary’s campus in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.

Keynoter Dr. Mitri Raheb was born in Bethlehem, Palestine, and lives in Bethlehem with his wife, Najwa. The couple has two adult daughters, Dana and Tala.

Mitri RahebIn addition to serving as president of Dar al-Kalima University College, Raheb is senior pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem and president of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. He is also president of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, NFP, the U.S. organization that supports the vision for creating programs based on arts, culture, and identity.

Raheb is the most widely published Palestinian theologian to date. He is the author of several books translated into more than 10 languages. His most recent book, Faith in the Face of Empire, was launched in the U.S. early last year.

On a regional Middle Eastern level, Raheb, as president of the Diyar Consortium, has led several civil society research initiatives on “Religion and State” and the contribution of Palestinian Christians to society. His work has received wide media attention, including from major international media outlets and networks such as CBS, HBO, CNN, ABC, BBC, The Economist, Washington Post, Boston Globe ,and Newsweek.

His writings and work have received several international awards, including the German Media Award that is usually given to heads of state (including former President Bill Clinton and South Africa’s Nelson Mandela); the Aachener Peace Prize, the International Mohamad Nafi Tschleibi Award, the Wittenberg Award, and more.

He is a widely sought-after keynote speaker around the world.

This year’s commencement will mark the first where LTSP’s President David Lose, who came to office in August last year, will preside.

The public is welcome to attend. For tickets, which are required, please fill out the form below or contact Alice Popovic at 215.248.7384. Seating is limited.

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