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Library Events

Steinthal Lecture: Christians in Palestine

Dec 03

4:00 PM
Cotter Library, Villa

On Thursday, December 3, Rev. Deborah Dresser will present "Christians in Palestine" as part of the Steinthal lecture series.

The Steinthal Lecture Series was established in memory of former Mount professor and noted physician Dr. Eric Steinthal, who taught religion, philosophy, literature, and art at the College for 27 years.

This event is free and open to the public.

Christians in Palestine

Christians have populated the Holy Land from the time of the Pentecost. Beginning in the reign of Emperor Constantine, churches were built throughout Palestine to commemorate the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord. In 1948 Christians of various denominations made up 20% of the total population of the Holy Land. Today, Christians number less than 1.5%. The migration of Christians is due, in large part, to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as the majority of Middle Eastern Christians are Arabs. What will the Holy Land look like without the presence of indigenous Christians whose families are rooted in the first century?

Rev. Dr. Deborah Dresser

Deborah DresserThe Rev. Dr. Deborah Dresser moved to Newburgh in 1996 having accepted a call to be the Rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Newburgh. During her tenure she served as Chair of the Newburgh Interfaith Dialogue, which included the first public forum on Islam and received a certificate from Georgetown University Continuing Studies Program on Interfaith Dialogue for Christian Pastors. Rev. Dresser’s degrees are a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, NYC and a Doctor of Ministry from New York Theological Seminary, NYC. She served as President of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and represented the interests of Jerusalem on the New York Diocesan Global Mission Commission. She received the Bishop’s Cross in 2008, in part, for her work in Jerusalem.

In 2013, Rev. Dresser completed a term as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, a US humanitarian foundation that financially supports and advocates for the 27 institutions of the Diocese of Jerusalem that span Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. She has recently returned from leading her fourth pilgrimage to the Holy Land which took place at the high of the recent conflict.

Deborah and her late husband Dr. Robert Dresser have enjoyed enriching connections with Mt. St. Mary College over the years. She welcomes this opportunity to share the story of Palestinian Christians in the land of the Holy One.

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