IDC Chapters Continue to Grow

IDC Chapters have experienced a summer of continued growth. On August 1st and 2nd, IDC Executive Director Kirsten Evans visited the Pittsburgh area to promote the National Convention and raise awareness and interest in an emerging IDC Chapter in the area. On July 29th the IDC Washington DC Chapter meet in organization of its critical role in the upcoming National Leadership Convention, to take place in Washington DC September 9-11. IDC President Toufic Baaklini, along with other members of the board and staff, attended this meeting. IDC’s chapters are expanding one city at a time, contributing to the organization’s goal of unifying the Christian diaspora and reaching out to the American Christian community and all people of good will.

IDC president Toufic Baaklini with members of the Washington DC chapter at Ss. Peter and Paul Antiochian Church in Potomac, Maryland.

Left: IDC Executive Director Kirsten Evans with Father Rodolph Wakim and Ellen Mady, pastor and member of Our Lady of Victory Maronite Catholic Church, in Carnegie, Pennsylvania.
Right: IDC ED Kirsten Evans presents the National Leadership Conference and Chapter Development at Our Lady of Victory parish in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 1-2.

IDC Director of Media Communications and Outreach Ninar Keyrouz discussed the situation of Christians in the Middle East, how IDC is helping them and what the U.S and the International Community should be doing.

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IDC speaks at Georgetown University’s Center for the Study of Religion Across Civilizations

On August 5, 2015, IDC Executive Director Kirsten Evans joined the Georgetown University School of Theology and the center for the Study of Religion Across Civilizations (SORAC) for an international forum of Muslim and Christian doctoral students in theology, discussing topics of religion and cross-civilization dialogue. Kirsten addressed the group on the situation and plight of Christians in the Middle East, universal human rights, and the work of IDC.

Professor Paul Heck of Georgetown University (front left) and IDC Executive Director Kirsten Evans with students from the center on The Study of Religion Across Civilizations (SORAC).

IDC Gears up for IDC’s Inaugural National Leadership Convention September 9-11 in Washington DC.

Early Bird Registration and Hotel Rates available through August 16th.

Schedule of Events (as of August 11,2015)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Attendee Arrival and Registration (Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill)

2:15 pm to 3:45 pm Press Conference: “ISIS, Genocide and Response: Calling the International Community to Action” (National Press Club) Overview: Panel discussion with Members of Congress and leading policy experts on the human rights crisis affecting minority groups targeted by ISIS. Open to press and public.

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Policy Roundtable: “Can Religious Pluralism Survive in Iraq? Policy Solutions for Protecting Christians and Other Minorities in the Nineveh Plain.” (National Press Club) Overview: Conversation with Members of Congress and leading experts on strategic responses to the human rights crisis in Iraq and Syria. Open to press and public.

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm Ecumenical Prayer Service (St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill) Overview: Representatives of Eastern, Evangelical, Protestant, and Catholic denominations and rites in attendance at this special prayer event. Open to public.

Thursday, September 10, 2015
10:00 am to 11:15 am Members of Congress Speak About Initiatives for Christians in the Middle East (Capitol Building) Overview: Hear from a bi-partisan group of Representatives and Senators about their efforts to mobilize Congress for Christians in the Middle East.

11:15 am to 12:30 pm Experts Speak about Effective Advocacy in Congress(Capitol Building)

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Luncheon with Members of Congress (Capitol Building)Overview: Be seated by states and welcome Members of Congress greeting their constituents.

1:30 pm to 4:00 pm Meetings with Congressional Offices

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm “Celebrating Christian Art and Culture from the Middle East” (French Embassy) Overview: Movie screenings, art exhibits, music, and presentations by leading diaspora artists. Book signing with national bestselling author.

Friday, September 11, 2015
10:00 am to 12:00 pm Ecumenical Roundtable: “Building Bridges between Eastern and Western Christianity” (Hall of States Building) Overview: Conversation with religious, political, and academic leaders on closing the culture gap between East and West. Open to press and public.

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm IDC Chapter Building Workshop (Hall of States) Overview: Hands-on workshop by regional teams for practical tools on coalition building, ecumenical outreach, advocacy, and chapter development.

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm IDC Annual Solidarity Dinner: “Mobilizing America for Christians in the Middle East” (Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill) Overview: Keynote speakers include Members of Congress, political leaders, American and Middle Eastern religious leaders.

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