The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb is the Founder and President of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem. The most widely published Palestinian theologian to date, Dr. Raheb is the author and editor of 19 books. Dr. Raheb served as the senior Pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem from 1987-2017 and as the President of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land from 2011-2016. He is a member of the Palestinian National Council and the Palestinian Central Council and serves as an advisor to the Higher Presidential Palestinian Committee on Church Affairs. A social entrepreneur, Dr. Raheb has founded several Institutions and is the co-founder of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, a multi-faceted program of education in Palestine. Dr. Raheb received in 2017 the Tolerance Award, in 2015 the Olof Palme Prize, in 2012 the German Media Prize, and in 2007 the well-known German Peace Award of Aachen. The work of Dr. Raheb has received wide media attention including from CNN, ABC, CBS, 60 Minutes, BBC, ARD, ZDF, DW, BR, NZZ, Raiuno, Stern, Economist, Newsweek, Herald Tribune, Al-Jazeera, Al-Mayadin, and Vanity Fair.

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