This quarter in Today @10 we’ll be exploring our Presbyterian roots for three sessions – January 13, 20 & February 3, Palestine on January 27 & February 10, 17 & 24, and having a special 1-week conversation on resilience with Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle.
See all the dates and topics below. Guest speaker bios are also included below.
Rev. Dr. Richard Short – Our Presbyterian History
Rev. Dr. Richard Short – Our Presbyterian Theology
Ramzy Baroud – The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story
Rev. Dr. Richard Short – Our Presbyterian Polty
Rev. Dr. Fahed Abu-Akel – Overview of Middle East
Rev. Dr. Fahed Abu-Akel – Conflict in Palestine
Rev. Dr. Fahed Abu-Akel – Options for Solutions
Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle – Flourish
is a US-Arab journalist, media consultant, an author, internationally-syndicated columnist, Editor of Palestine Chronicle (1999-present), former Managing Editor of London-based Middle East Eye (2014-15), former Editor-in-Chief of The Brunei Times, former Deputy Managing Editor of Al Jazeera online. He taught mass communication at Australia’s Curtin University of Technology, Malaysia Campus. Baroud also served as head of Aljazeera.net English’s Research and Studies department. He is the author of four books and a contributor to many others; his latest volume is The Last Earth, a Palestinian Story (Pluto Press, London, 2018).
Baroud has a PhD in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter (2015) and is a Non-Resident Scholar at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara. Baroud has been a guest speaker at many top universities around the world.
Rev. Dr. Fahed Abu-Akel
of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, is the first Arab-American to lead a major U.S. denomination. He served as moderator of the 214th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (2002). Fahed is the Founder of AMIS, Atlanta Ministry for International Students which is alive and thriving still that serves over 9,000 students. He was born near Nazareth and speaks several languages, including Arabic, Hebrew and English. He received the Peaceseeker Award at General Assembly in 2008.
Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle
is a native of Philadelphia. She graduated and holds a Bachelor of Science in Music from Temple University. After spending a significant time as youth director at Wayne Presbyterian church, she obtained a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She served various other churches in the Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York and surrounding areas through her music ministry and in her ministry of preaching, teaching, and pastoral care before returning to Wayne Presbyterian Church in February 2013. Aisha served as a mission pastor for Wayne Presbyterian while she was also serving as the Organizing Pastor for The Common Place, a faith-based arts and education center in Southwest Philadelphia.
Aisha is now serving as the Executive Presbyter for the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. She is honored and overjoyed to serve in this new role as an encourager to the congregations and leaders in the presbytery. She is blessed to have her mother, Deborah, and her son, Ellington, join her in this adventure in Atlanta.