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Dr. Maria C. Khoury Introduction

Dr. Khoury lives in Palestine, on the West Bank of the Jordan River, in the Biblical land of Judea and Samaria. She has authored many articles dealing with the Christian presence in the Holy Land and the Palestinian struggle for independence and freedom. Her book, Witness in the Holy Land, is a reflection of life in the Occupied Palestinian Territories since the outbreak of the Second Palestinian Uprising in September 2000. She is married to David C. Khoury, co-founder of the first Palestinian microbrewery in the Middle East "Taybeh Beer,” and former mayor of Taybeh. The Khourys returned to the family village of Taybeh following the Oslo Peace Agreement (1993) to boost the economy and raise their children with centuries’ old Palestinian Christian values and traditions. The new family projects include the Taybeh Winery (2013) producing boutique Palestinian wines and the Taybeh Golden Hotel.

Maria (Kouremenou) Khoury holds a Doctor of Education degree, Boston University (1993); Master of Liberal Arts, Harvard University (1985) and a Bachelor of Arts, Hellenic College (1982). She gave three years of her time to the Latin Patriarchate Schools in the Holy Land where she helped English teachers learn new methods in education and modern teaching strategies for the classroom. Due to the Israeli closures and siege (2000) it became impossible to reach the eleven schools. She has been a volunteer in Taybeh at St. George Greek Orthodox Church to help fundraise for a vital housing project aimed at helping families obtain their first home on land donated by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. Twenty-four houses have been built and families finish them at their own pace. She currently devotes her time to developing the Taybeh Education Fund and seek annual sponsors.

Maria was born in Tripoli, Greece and raised in Denver, Colorado. She is the mother of three adult children Elena, Canaan, Constantine and the author of nine children's books. Her popular book, Christina Goes to the Holy Land, will help inspire young readers in knowing more about the Christian presence in the land of Christ’s holy birth, crucifixion and resurrection. She divides her time between her homes in Boston and Taybeh, travels throughout the world promoting the Christina Books and making presentations about the dwindling Christian community in Palestine. Maria Khoury was selected one of the top four 2009 Human Rights Champions.

Book readings for young children usually last half hour but can be shorter or longer depending on the needs of the specific group. A book reading from Christina Goes to the Holy Land includes songs and walking the footsteps of Christ throughout all the major holy places usually with children from preschool to 5th grade.

 


 

Description of Holy Land Presentation:

Maria Khoury uses her personal life experience living in the West Bank, the Palestinian Occupied Territories to bring greater awareness how conditions are on the ground for Christians in specific and Palestinians in general who suffer day to day under Israeli military occupation trying to do simple things like going to work and school. She speaks from the perspective of being a woman, mother, an Orthodox Christian and community activist. A sample of her opinions can been viewed on one of the interviews on the multimedia page

www.saintgeorgetaybeh.org

to read more about Taybeh view http://www.stgeorgegoc.org/docs/missions/taybeh/

If your organization provides a computer with power point program, an LCD projector, a screen and a person to run the equipment, the audience can view the CD with photos of Taybeh (15 minutes length), the Christian village in Palestine. Presentations can last from 20 minutes to one hour depending on the need of the audience. (e.g., in church, after service, conference, special gathering, etc)

Possible Titles to fit different audience but usually the same content:
Love Thy Neighbor: Reflections from the Holy Land
Walking the Worthy Walk: Witness for Christ
Life on the Other Side of the Wall
Christian Presence in the Holy Land
Palestinian Christian Community Under Occupation

 


 

Maria Khoury's Archived Articles

This message is from Maria Khoury's archive.

This is Maria Khoury's current message.
Past messages are available in the archive .

Please click here to view photos of
Maria Khoury during her Ministry.

 


 
Dr. Maria Khoury

Dr. Maria Khoury

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