Please Join Us at the 2019 SLPN Annual Gathering
September 17-19, 2019
Calvin Center near Atlanta, GA
Our Annual Gathering is scheduled for September 17-19 at the Calvin Center near Atlanta, GA. We have secured the participation of Dr. Joshua Landis, Sandra Mackey Chair of Middle East Studies and Director of the Center of Middle East Studies at Oklahoma University.
Dr Landis was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Syria in 2005 and is considered to be among the top scholars in the United States in this field. He is called on by the major news outlets frequently and who has written extensively on Middle East issues, particularly as they relate to Syria. He will be our featured speaker on Wednesday, will respond to questions, and will also join in a panel discussion immediately following his presentation. We are planning small-group workshops in the afternoon, and Dr. Landis will lead one of these sessions. There will be two identical sets of workshops so you will be able to attend two different sessions.
This will be the sixth Annual Gathering for our ambitious network and the first Gathering held outside Louisville. The good people at the Calvin Center have been very helpful as we get the word out and in setting up for our meetings and accommodations.
With Dr. Landis as our featured speaker, and with partners from the region and others from churches around the country, we are anticipating an enthusiastic response. We encourage you to make your plans and reservations soon, to make sure you can join us.
Registration, lodging, and meals will be handled by the Calvin Center through an online registration page.
The registration page will be ready July 1. We will send another newsletter with that link later in June.
Cost for meeting registration is $70. Lodging and meals at the Calvin Center are additional to the registration fee and will be on the Calvin Center registration page.
Cost for a "Commuter" registration for Wednesday is $85. This includes lunch, dinner, and snacks on Wednesday.
The Gathering will begin with registration at 3:00 pm on Tuesday and conclude with lunch on Thursday morning.
ABOUT JOSHUA LANDIS:
Joshua Landis is Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Professor at the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies. He writes “Syria Comment,” a daily newsletter on Syrian politics that attracts over 100,000 readers a month. Dr. Landis travels frequently to Washington DC to consult with government agencies and speak at think tanks. Most recently, he has spoken at the Woodrow Wilson Institute, Brookings Institute, the U.S. Institute of Peace, Middle East Institute, and Council on Foreign Relations.
He was educated at Swarthmore (BA), Harvard (MA), and Princeton (PhD). He has lived over 14 years in the Middle East and speaks Arabic and French fluently. He has lived four years in Syria and spent most summers in Damascus until the revolution began. Dr. Landis is a frequent analyst on TV and radio. He has appeared on the PBS News Hour, the Charlie Rose Show, al-Jazeera, Frontline, NPR and BBC radio. He is frequently published in journals such as Foreign Policy and Middle East Policy.
We hope to see you in Atlanta in September!
About the Syria Lebanon Partnership Network
The Syria-Lebanon Partnership Network of the PC(USA) brings together Presbyterians from around the United States to facilitate partnerships with churches and church-related ministries in Syria and Lebanon. The network also provides a place for US Presbyterians to share information and coordinate their efforts. Priorities of the network include supporting the capacity of the church in Syria and Lebanon, supporting leadership development and theological education, and working towards God's just peace in the region.
The mission of the Syria Lebanon Partnership Network (SLPN) is to covenant together to:
Pray with and for the people of Syria and Lebanon in a time of crisis and uncertainty, and rebuilding of their countries;
Listen to the concerns of all parties in the region;
Partner with our brothers and sisters in Syria and Lebanon as they strive to live out their witness to Jesus Christ;
Inform, educate, and equip PC(USA) members, churches, and friends for active engagement;
Create relationships and partnerships between PC(USA) congregations, presbyteries and synods, and the churches and institutions of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL);
Advocate for PC(USA) and U.S. policies that promote peace, justice, reconciliation, and development in the area;
Raise funds through membership pledges, and gifts from individuals, churches, presbyteries and synods for the work of the SLPN and in support of NESSL relief work and Syrian refugees both within Lebanon and those remaining in Syria.