A Musical Meditation for Lent

A Musical Meditation for Lent in aid of Canon Andrew White and FRRME’s projects at St George’s Church Baghdad

on Saturday 5th April 2014, 7pm at St Paul’s Church Centre, 23 Rusthall Road, Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells TN4 8RE

A musical and meditative evening in aid of Canon Andrew White and FRRME’s projects at St George’s Church, Baghdad. There will be music from the Iona and Taize Communities, readings from Andrew’s books and presentations on the ministry.

Please contact FRRME supporter Eva Cohn for more information, and if you would like to attend the evening on 01892 539549.

Being Wise Shepherds – Church security in changing times

Church Security Conference

The last two decades have witnessed a sea-change in attitude towards Christianity; in the UK this has been confined mostly to legislation and public opinion whereas in other parts of the world, Christians are experiencing a substantive rise in persecution, discrimination, torture and more.

As leaders you need to understand the times, and be equipped to prepare and protect your congregations, especially converts experiencing opposition to their new-found faith. Receive the latest updates about current trends from authoritative speakers, and hear sobering and uplifting stories from Christians who live out their faith as part of a persecuted minority.

The conference is being hosted by the Emmaus Group which engages in reconciliation work between the Church and various parties in the Middle-East.


Andrea Minichiello-Williams: Christian Legal Centre
Dr Patrick Sookhdeo: Barnabus Fund
Sami Hussein: Ex-Islamic Militant, Emmaus Group
Howard Stern: Christian Mediator & Negotiator
Christy & Natalie: Palestinian Arab Christians

To register call: 07720 212987 or
email: office@emmaus-group.org

The event is being held in a 4 star venue in Crawley 10am-5pm. Tickets are £85 each and include lunch and refreshments. Full details will be issued upon booking. Photo ID is required for security reasons. Tickets must be booked in advance.

Book online via our website at: www.emmaus-group.org

Download the flyer

FRRME Fundraiser in Tunbridge Wells

A Musical Meditation for Lent

featuring readings from the books of Canon Andrew White

on Saturday16 March, 7.30pm at St Paul’s Church Centre, 23 Rusthall Road, Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 8RE

A musical and meditative evening to raise funds for the work of Canon Andrew White and FRRME at St George’s Church in Iraq, organised by FRRME supporters.

There will be readings from the books of Canon Andrew White and music, including worship songs from the Iona Community and classical pieces by Bach and Handel.

Please contact FRRME supporter Eva for more information, and if you would like to attend the evening, on 01892 539549.

FRRME at the New Wine Conferences

FFRME will have a stand at the New Wine conferences being held at the Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet in Somerset

London & South East Conference: 21 to 27 July

Central & South West Conference: 29 July to 4 August

Martin Wood, Director and Trustee of FRRME will be speaking on Friday 27th July and twice on Monday 30th July.

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Wheaton Commencement Address

Canon Andrew White - Wheaton Commencement Speech - 2012

Canon Andrew recently spoke at the 2012 commencement ceremony for students at Wheaton College, Illinois.

Download Canon Andrew’s speech in PDF format:  Click here

Watch the recording of Canon Andrew’s speech here.

Article in “Chicago Now” here.


Canon Andrew to speak in York

Originally posted in the York Press


A vicar who works in extraordinarily difficult and dangerous circumstances at the only remaining Anglican church in Iraq is set to visit York. Canon Andrew White, dubbed the “Vicar of Baghdad”, has been hijacked, kidnapped and attacked while working in his role at St George’s Church, outside the Green Zone in Baghdad. He is known for his work in the country as a mediator to maintain communication between Shia and Sunni leaders and to “gain trust of key religious leaders on both sides in various conflict areas”.

Canon White is visiting York for a series of meetings at St Michael le Belfrey Church and Archbishop Holgate’s CE School on February 6. A spokesman for St Michael le Belfrey said:

Andrew was aware of the fear that the Iraqi people had of Saddam Hussein’s regime, and supported the invasion of Iraq, but not the aftermath. His lay pastor was kidnapped in April 2007. However, Andrew managed to raise the $40,000 ransom necessary to secure the pastor’s release and soon returned to Iraq, where he stays most of the time. On July 11, 2007, Andrew arrived in Britain after having fled Iraq following warnings of threats to his life, but returned later. Many of his staff have been kidnapped or killed, with up to 11 killings of staff in a single year.

Having worked for many years in Israel and Palestine, which included negotiating the end of the Bethlehem siege in 2002, he now works in Iraq.

Canon White, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his early 30s, also works as president of The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FFRME) which specialises in engaging religious leaders in dialogue. Canon White said: “There is no place in the world that has the profile of the Middle East – constantly in the news and constantly the scene of war. Yet amid the tragedy of the region there are few places that have such wonderful people… In the midst of conflict we seek political, diplomatic and religious solutions.

On February 6, there will be a workers’ lunch drop-in session from 12.30pm to 1.15pm and a church leaders’ drop-in session from 1.30pm to 2.40pm at St Michael le Belfrey. Drinks will be provided, but visitors should bring a packed lunch to both meetings. There will also be an open meeting from 7.30pm to 9pm at Archbishop Holgate’s CE School in Hull Road.

Insights from Sarah Ahmed, Director of Operations
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