“In the two and a half-year-old conflict in Syria one voice and one voice alone has emerged to speak with a moral force powerful enough to counter the avalanche of lies peddled by the Western media. I am referring of course to Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib of Saint James Monastery in Syria.”
Those are the words I wrote last month in a post entitled Mother Agnes of Syria: A Living Saint. So you can imagine the delight I felt upon coming across news today that Mother Agnes will be conducting a North American speaking tour starting at the end of this month. There are two people basically who merit the world’s gratitude for defusing the Syrian crisis. One is Vladimir Putin. The other is Mother Agnes. Her tireless work on behalf of the victims of this war, as well as her exposure of the deceit and manipulations of those seeking to engineer a US military intervention into the conflict, have surely earned her a special place in heaven.
The North America Speaking Tour of Mother Agnes-Mariam of the Cross
Bring Syrian cleric and activist Mother Agnes to your city!
What is Really Happening in Syria Today?
Mother Agnes-Mariam of the Cross is Mother Superior at the Monastery and Convent of St. James the Mutilated in Qara, Syria. Gunmen attacked her vehicle in May, 2013. Much of the population in the towns and villages around the monastery have fled and been made refugees.
But the story that Mother Agnes tells is very different from what we hear and read in the North American press. She has spoken in Ireland and Australia, and she organized an international delegation led by Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire to come to Syria to see for themselves. And she is one of the main organizers of Mussalaha (“Reconciliation”), a popular movement in Syria that mediates disputes and organizes ceasefires between opposing forces.
Mother Agnes will be touring the U.S. and Canada from October 24, to December 4, 2013 under the auspices of the Syrian Solidarity Movement, a U.S. tax-exempt nonprofit project, ID no. 20-5516191. If you or your church, house of worship, school, university, union or other organization wishes to invite Mother Agnes to to speak, please contact us at the address below. If requested, Mother Agnes will also be happy to speak about the conditions of Arab and other Christian communities throughout the Middle East.
Syria Solidarity Movement
+1 510 232-2500
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In order to support the costs of this tour, we are asking each venue to contribute according to its ability, but to advance $200 at time of booking (to cover the transatlantic flights), and to cover local costs, including a one-way ticket from the previous location, which may be shared with other groups and events at your location. You may wish to take a collection at each event to cover costs. If we receive a grant, we may be able to lower the cost, but we also welcome any additional funds you may be able to contribute, at http://www.syriasolidaritymovement.org/donate-2/.
Please let me know if you wish to schedule an event for Mother Agnes in your area.
The current plan is for her to be in Tucson Oct. 31-Nov.2, northern California Nov. 3-10, southern California Nov. 11-14, Denver Nov. 15-16,
Dallas Nov. 17-18, Houston Nov. 19-20,
Washington, DC Nov. 21-22, Pennsylvania Nov. 23-24,
Eastern Canada Nov. 25-Dec. 2,
New England and New York, Nov 3-10. However, many of these dates are tentative and very flexible, and we will try to accommodate other dates and locations and even extend the tour, if
Please get in touch for further information.