Videos and Films


A small window into a huge crisis. A video made for the SLPN by filmmaker Breeanna Humble. Many hopes and dreams have been dashed since the crisis in Syria began, but the love that remains is astounding.


This video, also by Breeanna Humble, describes the essence and meaning of the partnerships the SLPN seeks to nurture between churches in the United States and in Syria and Lebanon. These relationships foster mutual respect, understanding, prayer and support during this difficult time.

Syria's Civil War is Far From Over

Brookings Creative Lab, Unpacked series; March 2018; 4:17 minutes

Mara Karlin, associate professor of the practice of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, describes the complexity of the Syrian war and its wide array of "actors" from a western perspective. She also raises some questions about what comes next for US policy in facing reconstruction and humanitarian aid. 


By the Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP); December 2017; 59 minutes

Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, founder and President of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem; Rev. Najla Kassab, President of the World Communion of Reformed Churches and ordained minister in the National Evangelical synod of Syria and Lebanon; and Fr. Dr. Michel Jalakh, Secretary General of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) and President at the Antonine University in Lebanon discuss the current realities faced by Christians living in the Holy Land in a conversation with CMEP’s Executive Director, Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon.


The Church, a Vessel of Service and Reconciliation: version 3

By the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL); January 2017; 11:10 minutes

An overview at the history, ministry and mission of the churches of NESSL, in English with some Arabic and English subtitles - great introduction to SLPN’s partner denomination in the region. 



Syrian and Lebanese Christians and the Arab Spring

A presentation by Dr. Mary Mikhael at Princeton University in April, 2016; 53:17 minutes; accessed

Since the outbreak of armed conflict in Syria, Dr. Mary Mikhael, staff interpreter for NESSL, has been speaking about the consequences of the crisis for the Syrian and Lebanese people, particularly the Christian communities. The former President of the Near East School of Theology (NEST), Dr. Mikhael is a Presbyterian born in Syria to Greek Orthodox parents, living in Beirut, Lebanon. She is active in ecumenical and interfaith initiatives and a noted authority on the church in the Middle East and the role of women in the church.


Syria – Man’s Very First Homeland

By the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC); 2017; 13:22 minutes

A brief overview of the history of civilization quickly turns to today’s issues and how MECC is assisting that effort. NESSL, PC(USA) and other international Christian provide similar assistance as shown in this presentation. SLPN is a partner with MECC which partners with faith communities in the Middle East and is supported by churches around the world.



By the Middle Council of Churches (MECC); 2016; 2:29 minutes

A look at one of the emotional health programs MECC is providing for refugee children through Our Lady Dispensary in Beirut, Lebanon, with Rev. Scott Parker, is a PCUSA Associate for Ecumenical Partnerships, serving in the Middle East and working for MECC, who makes his home in Beirut. Breanna Humble shot and edited video. 


Photographs made on the SLPN June 2017 trip

Available from professional photographer Tina Manley at Tina has traveled extensively throughout 68 countries in her 40 years of documenting families., and especially their children.