The Red Desert Deanery of the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming is pleased to present Peter Sabella of Jerusalem, who will be presenting a talk on “The Road to Emmaus: A Walk for Every Christian” on Monday, August 19 at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion Parish Hall in Rock Springs. The evening will begin with “Middle Eastern Munchies,” catered by Eve Piza of Eve’s Restaurant at 5:30, followed by Peter’s talk at 6:15 p.m. The Red Desert Deanery invites everyone to join them for what promises to be an enlightening, entertaining evening; accommodations to attend via Zoom will be available.
Peter will also present a discussion on “The Middle East: Crisis of Identity” in Room #1302,Western Wyoming Community College, Rock Springs, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20. This secular portion of his residency is jointly sponsored by Sweetwater BOCES and Wyoming Humanities; the public is welcome to attend this free presentation. Peter first became known to many in the Diocese of Wyoming when he served as the guide for the 2015 Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Prior to becoming a leading Licensed Tour Guide for both tourist and pilgrim groups visiting the Holy Land, Peter served as both a Consultant/Field Officer and Emergency Program Officer for the Consulate General of Italy, primarily involved in the design and implementation of emergency projects and humanitarian aid in the West Bank and Gaza. The purpose of these missions was not only to alleviate the daily hardships of the population, but also to create job opportunities and provide opportunities for local economic development; Peter’s work focused on issues relating to health, food and infrastructure.
Born as a Palestinian Christian on the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, Peter has the unique perspective of being both Palestinian and Israeli. He received his Master of Arts Degree in Peace and Development Studies from the University of Guttenberg in Sweden and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bethlehem University, the first university established in the West Bank. Fluent in English, French, Hebrew and Italian in addition to his native Arabic, Peter was also employed as a reporter for the Jerusalem Times English Palestinian Newspaper. He is the author of the book Closed for Renovation: On the Road to Emmaus, which has been published n both English and French. For more information on either of these events, please contact Rev. Bernadine Craft.