International peacemaker from Syria to visit MC Oct. 1

International peacemaker from Syria to visit MC Oct. 1

Sept. 17, 2013
Contact: The Rev. Dr. Anne D. McKee, Campus Minister

International Peacemaker Rev. Butros Zaour and his wife, Wafaa Nader Zaour, from the Evangelical Church of Damascus, Syria, will speak during the weekly chapel service at Maryville College’s Center for Campus Ministry on Tues., Oct. 1.

During their talk, which will begin at 1:15 p.m., the couple will discuss peace and justice issues from the perspective of the Evangelical Church in Syria. The event is free and open to the public.

Rev. Zaour was born in Aleppo, Syria, and graduated from American College in Aleppo. He earned a further degree in theology from the Near East School of Theology. For the past 16 years, he has served as pastor of the Evangelical Church of Damascus. He is a member of the Evangelical Supreme Council in Syria and Lebanon and a judge in the Evangelical Spiritual Court in the south region of Syria. The couple has three children.

Arranged through the denominational offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Louisville, Ky., the International Peacemakers Program has been in existence since before 1988. International Peacemakers are leaders who are engaged in peacemaking in their own areas of the world. They are invited by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to visit with Presbyterians in the United States and to help citizens understand the peace and justice concerns of others around the world.

“We read so much about Syria in the news these days,” said the Rev. Dr. Anne McKee, Maryville College campus minister. “It is a true privilege to be able to meet Syrian Christians who will be eager to share their perspectives on Syria’s situation – and to be in dialogue with them about the best ways to reach the goal of peace.”

For more information about the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, please visit

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