PHYSICS & FAITH
As many of you will know, Faez Jirjees is the only Anglican vicar in the whole of Iraq. After 7 years, he will be coming to the UK to talk about the plight of Christians and other persecuted minorities in his homeland. he will be giving a special talk at our Physics & Faith event in central London next week. It is a rare opportunity to meet the man in person.
Faez will be speaking at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London at 7.30pm – 9.30pm on Tuesday 24th September.
This event includes a keynote talk by world-renowned physicist, author and broadcaster, Jim Al-Khalili, and live music by the incomparable Jacob & Drinkwater. There will also be canapes and wine. It will be an extraordinary event. You can buy tickets here. Alternatively, please contact our office and we can help secure your ticket today firstname.lastname@example.org / 01730 267 673.
On October 25th 2009, suicide bombers killed 150 people on the streets outside St George’s Church in Baghdad, injuring 600 more. Faez remembers this attack well. Despite the continuing risks faced by Christians in Iraq, Faez has remained steadfast in his faith, ministering to a multi-denominational congregation.
Faez is a true peacemaker. He regularly meets with leaders from across the sectarian divide, including Sunni and Shia, as well as Yazidi and Shabak, and of course leaders from other Christian denominations. As the only Anglican minister, Faez is well-placed to initiate interfaith dialogue. Last year he met with a delegation from the office of Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani (the most powerful religious figure in Iraq), as well as the Head of the Sunni Waqf (endowment fund). He has also met with Patriarch Louis Sako of the Chaldean Catholic Church (recently made a Cardinal by Pope Francis) to discuss the plight of Christians in the north of the country, and Ayatollah Hussein Al-Sadr (a leading Shia cleric).
Faez has been recognised by the Iraqi government for his extraordinary reconciliation and humanitarian work. Given his numerous commitments he rarely travels outside of Iraq. His last trip to the UK was 7 years ago, during which he met with then Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. Please show your support for Faez and buy a ticket for Physics & Faith here.
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