Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Last week, Episcopal News Service highlighted a wonderful story featuring one of our doctoral students, Sari Ateek. The story talks about how Sari’s parish, St. John’s Norwood, came together with other churches in Washington, DC “to support an Anglican hospital thousands of miles away in the West Bank city of Nablus, where the loss of an ambulance could cost the charity hospital its accreditation, forcing it to close its doors.”
 
St. Luke’s Hospital in the West Bank, run by the Episcopal Diocese of the Jerusalem, is the only charitable hospital in the West Bank of Palestine. Its only ambulance broke down, threatening accreditation. Sari saw an opportunity to help.
 
While thousands of miles away, the Diocese of Jerusalem is very close to him in other respects. Sari is a Palestinian Christian whose father is also an Episcopal priest. Sari said, “At first, I was amazed that the hospital only had one ambulance. … It just became very clear that this was something we needed to do.” Between St. John’s and other donors, they raised enough to purchase a new ambulance.
 
I encourage you read this uplifting story in full, found here
 
VTS’s doctoral students are doing inspiring work across the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. Like Sari, so many of them are bringing hope and relief to a hurting world.

The Rev. Ross Kane, Ph.D.
Director of the Doctoral Programs
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