Hosting the Women Peer Leader Forum at Nazareth Center for Peace Studies

Women’s Peer Leader Forum in theological education (WPLF) is a forum initiated by ScholarLeaders International in response to the need for women leaders’ voices to be heard. Our director Dr. Rula Khoury Mansour is part of this group. The forum includes 12 pioneering female scholar-leaders from 10 countries across Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and the USA. They are deans, provosts, department heads, and presidents of their respective theological seminaries or institutions. Most of them are the only female nationals practicing at their institution. They meet every year to share their experiences, counsel and encourage one another. In Nov 2022, we were delighted to host them in Nazareth. We toured the land and visited historic places which gave us new lens to read our Bibles ‘colorfully’. We met amazing people, heard thought-provoking lectures, ate delicious food, and discussed various topics related to WPLF. 
Our highlight was having the group join and celebrate with us the inauguration of our Nazareth Center for Peace Studies.

From left to right, first row: Meritt Sawyer, forum organizer, USA; Dr. Seble Daniel, Ethiopia; Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst, Costa Rica; Dr. Rula Mansour, Israel. Second row: Dr. Eliane Mensah, Ivory Coast; Dr. Athena Gorospe, Philippines; Dr. Havilah Dharamraj, India, Dr. Theresa Lua, Philippines. Third row: Dr. Dinorah Méndez, Mexico; Dr. Jung Sook Lee, South Korea; Dr. Chee-Chiew Lee, Singapore; Dr. Emily Choge, Kenya.
Jerusalem in the background
Inside the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem
The Narrow Gate at the Church of Nativity, Bethlehem
Drinking fresh pomegranate juice in the Nazareth old market
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