ELKINS - The Rev. Alex E. Awad, a peace and justice advocate and former missionary with the United Methodist Church, will deliver a talk focused on pathways to peace in Israel and Palestine at 4 p.m. Saturday, September 22 in Halliehurst on the campus of Davis & Elkins College. Free and open to the public, the event is presented in partnership with the Davis & Elkins College Morrison-Novakovic Center for Faith and Public Policy, Presbytery of West Virginia and Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Awad’s visit is part of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program’s International Peacemakers initiative taking place throughout the United States this fall.
Awad has served as an educator and pastor for more than 30 years in Israel/Palestine and will share his experiences in the Holy Land, the conditions faced by Palestinians under occupation, the impact of Israeli settlements, and the role of the church in ending the current injustices found in his homeland.
As an educator, Awad was dean of students and full-time instructor at Bethlehem Bible College in Bethlehem and a charter member of the College’s Board of Directors. Since 1994, he has served as senior pastor at East Jerusalem Baptist Church and is co-chair of the education committee of United Methodists for Kairos Response. He is a past board member of the Evangelical Local Council of Churches in the Holy Land, and directed the Shepherd Society, Bethlehem Bible College’s charitable ministry.
Awad has authored numerous books and articles for various publications that call for justice for both Palestinians and Israelis. Two books, “Through the Eyes of Victims” and “Palestinian Memories,” reveal the realities of life under Israeli military occupation.
Since 1984, more than 300 International Peacemakers from more than 50 countries have been hosted by Presbyterian organizations. The International Peacemaking Program is made possible by gifts to the Peace and Global Witness Offering.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.