We are delighted to be welcoming Canon Andrew White to preach at St Aldates at the 6pm service on Sunday 4 March.
Andrew has an extraordinary ministry of reconciliation and conflict mediation in the Middle East. Having worked for many years in Israel and Palestine, including negotiating the end of the Bethlehem siege in 2002, he now works almost exclusively in Iraq, earning him the nickname ‘The Vicar of Baghdad.’
In the face of significant threats to him personally and repeated bombings of the church, Andrew pastors one of the largest churches in Iraq, St George’s, Baghdad, which ministers to over 550 local Iraqi Christian families and operates well outside the safety of the International Green Zone.
Based in the church compound, the St George’s Clinic delivers medical care and humanitarian relief to 2,000 people every month, regardless of patients’ religious or ethnic background.
Canon White also frequently exchanges his dog collar for a bowtie and engages in conflict mediation in the area. He has built up standing and reputation with the most senior religious leaders in Iraq and has been awarded several significant prizes for his peacemaking efforts.
Andrew has written several books and publications including Iraq; People of Promise, Land of Despair (2003), Iraq: Searching for Hope (2005), The Vicar of Baghdad (2009), Suffer the Children (2010) andFaith under Fire (2011).
Canon White will be joined on his visit by Rev Faiz Jerjess – who, as the curate at St George’s, is the only Iraqi Anglican Priest currently working in his home country – and his wife Nawal.
For more information about their ministry, please visit the FRRME website here.