Christmas in the Middle East – December 17

The Venerable Canon Bill Schwartz, Archdeacon of the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf will be at Saint Paul’s for a reception and talk on December 17 at 7 p.m. at the Rectory, 18 E. Chestnut Hill Avenue. Everyone is invited. Bill is one of the best and most knowledgeable evangelists for Christianity in this part of the world.

Archdeacon Schwartz will be discussing Christianity in the Middle East, past, present and future. He will provide firsthand testimony and perspective on the crucial and life-giving work our Anglican Communion is doing throughout the Middle East, and answer your questions. Perhaps most importantly, Archdeacon Bill can offer thoughts and ideas about how our diocese might form closer bonds of friendship with the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf, and walk with our sisters and brothers in that region as they experience extraordinary challenges, changes, and a sense of hope.

Bill, originally from Nebraska, has been in Cyrpus for forty years. The Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf comprises a huge geographical area, including Cyprus, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq,and Yemen. Churches throughout the region are under the care of Bishop Michael Lewis and Archdeacon Bill Schwartz. Please plan to attend this stimulating evening at the Rectory with Archdeacon Bill to discuss the Christian Church in the Middle East– both the birthplace of Christianity, and where Christians today are facing some of the most serious challenges confronting the Church anywhere in the world. For more information, please contact Cliff at 215-242-2055 and


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