Learning hospitality from Lebanese Christians

I gained new insight into the value of hospitality from Rev Dr Paul Haidostian, President of Haigazian University in Lebanon, during his visit to Australia for the 50th anniversary of the Armenian Evangelical Uniting Church in Sydney.

In his lecture, Christians in the Middle East: Between Effective Presence and Marginal Survival on 4 May, Dr Paul spoke about the experiences of Lebanese Christians.

The proportion of the Lebanese population who identify as Christian has greatly declined in recent years. This has been put down to high emigration, low birth rates, economic decline and the hostile political environment across the region.

At the same time, the country is hosting around 1.1 million Syrian refugees, with refugees making up one in four of the population, the highest per capita concentration of refugees worldwide.

At the lecture in Willoughby, nearly 70 people listened with great interest, including members of the Armenian Uniting Church, Sydney North Presbytery and the Assembly.

This is an extract from Multicultural and Cross Cultural Ministry National Director Rev. Dr Apwee Ting's blog, get the full story → https://makingspaceforgrace.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/learning-hospitality-from-lebanese-christians/