After a highly successful inaugural Philos Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C, we’re coming to Texas to bring you the Houston Young Leaders Conference!
Topic: “Lessons from the Middle East on Reconciliation”
Where: Houston, Texas
When: Friday, April 27-Saturday, April 28th
Who: Students, Young Professionals, Pastors, Educators, and others with a passion for promoting positive Christian engagement in the Middle East
Tickets: $35 for students and $50 for general admission
Click here to register!
Poster: Click here to download the PDF promotional poster.
Come learn about the experiences of minorities in Iraq, Israel, and Egypt from those who have lived them. Gain practical advice on Christian leadership. Become a part of a pioneering network and gain access to more resources, opportunities, and people!
Robert Nicholson is Founder and Executive Director of The Philos Project. He holds a BA in Hebrew Studies from Binghamton University, and both a JD and MA in Middle Eastern history from Syracuse University. A former U.S. Marine and a 2012-13 Tikvah Fellow, Robert founded The Philos Project in 2014. His advocacy focuses on spreading the vision of a multi-ethnic and multi-religious Middle East based on freedom and rule of law. Robert serves on the Board of Directors of Passages, and is a publisher of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy. His written work has appeared in First Things, The Federalist, The Jerusalem Post, The Hill, and The American Interest, among others.
An Assyrian Christian born and raised in Iran, Juliana Taimoorazy is the founder and president of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, an organization that raises awareness about the persecuted church in Iraq and helps Assyrian refugees resettle in the United States. Smuggled out of Iran in 1989 to avoid religious persecution, she sought asylum in America and obtained her master’s degree in instructional design from Northeastern Illinois University. Since then she has held numerous positions in media and the nonprofit world, and has advocated on human rights everywhere from television and radio to the halls of Capitol Hill. She enjoys reading nonfiction, listening to opera and classical music, and disrupting polite conversation with talk of religion and politics. She is fluent in Farsi and Assyrian.
Mina Abdelmalak is Arab World Outreach Specialist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Born and raised in Egypt, he received a law degree from Ain Shams University in Egypt. He worked as a legal researcher for the Egyptian Union of Liberal Youth (EULY), a Cairo-based, non-profit organization, which promotes classical liberalism among Egyptian youth. He supervised a program within EULY on the status of Coptic Christians in Egypt.
Khalil- via video
Khalil is a Palestinian Christian, born in the Gaza strip. Growing up, Khalil was taught that Israel and the West were responsible for the suffering of all Palestinians, and he grew to hate both. After the 2008 Gaza war, Khalil decided to move to the West Bank, where he was exposed to the true Christian faith. His life changed dramatically when he accepted Christ and start following His teaching. As result of his conversion, Khalil started working to love the people who he’d grown up seeing as enemies: Israel and West. As he succeed in loving them, Khalil recognized how much bitterness and hate had made him blind toward reality. Today, Khalil expresses a great love for his people, and believes that turning from bitterness and hate is the only way forward. Khalil is working to change the perception of Israel and the West, fighting anti-Semitism, and educating his neighbors about good things their so-called “enemies” are doing.
More speakers will be announced! Check back soon.
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“I attended the Philos Leaders Conference in December, 2017. I was very much impressed with the Philos Project, with the staff, and with all the alums of the program. As a native Israeli, I felt like Philos has a very even-handed, direct analysis of the Middle East and the problems plaguing the region. What most impressed me was a group exercise in which each of our groups had around an hour to brainstorm solutions for the endemic political problems in the region. It was a real challenge, and I feel that it gave us an idea of the real stress and short deadlines policymakers usually have to face when dealing with these issues. Overall, it was a great experience, and I would highly recommend it to any Christians who have an interest in Israel specifically, or in the Middle East in general.”
– Elad Vaida, Harvard University ’16, Middle Eastern Studies