In Defense of Christians (IDC) 2014 Summit
You are invited to participate in a groundbreaking conference by the organization, In Defense of Christians, in Washington, DC, from September 9-11, 2014. The conference will empower the Middle Eastern Christian Diaspora and energize the American people to stand in solidarity for the protection and preservation of Christians in the Middle East.
In the birthplace of Christ, Christians suffer for their faith and their communities are dwindling toward extinction. Christians in Syria, Egypt, the Holy Land, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon—including more than a million Armenians across the region—all these and more face a time of crisis. We must act now to protect them in their ancestral homelands, countries where they have been driving forces of stability and pluralism for over 2,000 years.
In Defense of Christians (IDC) has heard the call of our brother and sister Christians. To this end, the inauguralIDC Summit for Middle East Christians, “Protecting and Preserving Christianity, Where It All Began,” will help people like you to act in defense of these Christians.
At the Summit you will have the opportunity to meet with Members of Congress and their staff, policy makers, diplomats, human rights activists, and religious leaders, including His Beatitude Moran Mor Bechara Boutros al-Rahi (Maronite Patriarch of Antioch), His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II (Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch), His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl (Archbishop of Washington), His Eminence Leonard Cardinal Sandri (Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Oriental Churches), His Holiness Catholicos of Aram I (head of the Holy See of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church), His Beatitude Gregory III Laham (Melkite Greek Patriarch of Antioch), His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch (Primate of the Greek Orthodox Patriatchate of Antioch and All The East), and His Beatitude Moran Mor Ignatius Joseph III Younan (Patriarch of Antioch and all the East of the Syrians).
The Summit is now open for registration. We hope you will join the cause to defend the defenseless, to be a voice for those who are voiceless. For more information please contact Cindy Nachman-Senders at (301) 648-4466 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“[Christians] have enriched the cultures of the region with their different oriental traditions; that of Alexandria, Antioch, Armenia, Constantinople, and the Chaldeans tradition, over and above the Roman tradition.” — Patriarch Bachara Cardinal Rahi