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October 28, 2020

Middle East Conversations 2020 Webinar Report- Lebanon’s Year of Meltdown: Faith Refined

The 17 October 2019 outburst of popular protests was a watershed moment for Lebanon. It effectively launched a tumultuous 12-month period dominated by three prevailing national crises: a street protest movement fueled by rapidly deteriorating socioeconomic and political conditions, a public health emergency brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and […]
September 24, 2020

Middle East Conversations 2020 Webinar Report: Rethinking Missions During Pandemic: Considerations from the Middle East

Contemporary models of Christian missions have been tested by the unprecedented conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent months the realities of social distancing, travel restrictions, increased government tracking, and economic decline have challenged the way missionaries, sending agencies, and receiving ministries conduct “business.” While a sense of frustration is […]
August 27, 2020

Middle East Conversations 2020 Webinar Report: No Space or New Space? Navigating Exceptional Times as the New Normal for the Local Church

As churches worldwide remain largely empty to mitigate health risks of COVID-19, profound questions are being asked about the very nature of church. Virtual formats indeed provide many congregations with valuable engagement methods, but prolonged physical distancing is proving a daunting and disorienting ordeal for faith communities. 2020 is an […]
July 23, 2020

Middle East Conversations 2020 Webinar Report: COVID-19 and Theological Education in the Middle Eastern Context: Between Mounting Challenges and Emerging Opportunities

COVID-19 has disrupted all areas of life, not least of which is the area of education. These past months have revealed the many ways in which prevailing models of instruction and learning come into direct conflict with measures required to minimize health risks of the pandemic. The impact of this […]
July 2, 2020

IMES Blog is Transitioning to the Summer Posting Schedule

The past nine months have been a dynamic period to critically observe and engage events in the region and around the globe. During this time, weekly IMES Blog posts stirred discussion about urgent matters ranging from political protests to global pandemic to the role of the Church in increasingly disorienting […]
June 24, 2020

Middle East Conversations 2020 Webinar Report and Video- A Dynamic Pause: Reflections on Simplicity, Purpose, and Transformation in this Time of Pandemic.

2020 has been an unprecedented year of lockdowns, disruptions, and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The semblance of “normal life” has been forced into a sudden pause worldwide with new senses of normalcy emerging slowly and cautiously. While the crisis is disorienting, even devastating to many, biblical faith encourages […]
May 28, 2020

On Tuna, Faith and the Economy!

By Wissam Nasrallah I have always enjoyed going grocery shopping on weekends to buy what my family needs for the week. However, for the past two months, grocery shopping in Lebanon has become quite the psychological and spiritual experience. It is not the gearing up with facemask, gloves and hand […]
May 14, 2020

Announcing Middle East Conversations 2020

Since its launching in 2004, the Middle East Consultation  (MEC)has annually gathered individuals from around the world to explore important issues confronting the Church in the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) region and beyond. When the COVID-19 global crisis struck during the early months of 2020, it became apparent […]