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13 Sep, 2017

Lecture: “In Search of a Prophet” – Kahlil Gibran: An Unparalleled Guide for Our Times

Washington DC — Paul-Gordon Chandler. Author, Interfaith Advocate, and Art Curator, will be delivering a special lecture on his newly-published book “In Search of a Prophet” which traces the life and work of the Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran. The lecture will be held on September 15, 2017, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm at the The Palestine Center in Washington DC.

Paul-Gordon Chandler will take the listener on a fascinating journey through the all-embracing spirituality of Kahlil Gibran, the early 20th century Lebanese-American poet artist and mystic, author of the bestselling book The Prophet. He explores how Kahlil Gibran, a supreme East-West figure, can be a much-needed guide for our time, related to peace, harmony, and building bridges between the creeds of the Middle East and West. His talk is based on his new book: IN SEARCH OF A PROPHET: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran (Rowman & Littlefield, September 2017).

In Search of a Prophet is not a traditional biography, but a compelling spiritual journey through Gibran’s writings, art, and the places he lived. From his birthplace village high in the snowy mountains of Lebanon, Chandler leads us through his emigration to Boston, art training in Paris, career in New York, and to the far-reaching places of influence his writings and art have traveled. Delving into passages of some of Gibran’s writings—both famous and lesser-known—Chandler breathes life into this captivating poet artist who moved beyond religion to the core of universal spirituality and was a unique blend of east and west. His voice is timeless, appealing to heart and mind, faith and reason, a much-needed guide for our times.

Copies of IN SEARCH OF A PROPHET: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran will be available for purchase at the event.

Paul-Gordon Chandler is an author, interfaith advocate, art curator, social entrepreneur and U.S. Episcopal priest. Having grown up in Senegal, West Africa, he has lived and worked extensively in the Middle East and North Africa in leadership roles within faith-based publishing, ecumenical relief and development agencies and the Episcopal Church. From 2003-2013 he was the Rector of the international Episcopal church in Cairo, Egypt.

He is the Founding President of CARAVAN, an international peacebuilding non-profit/NGO that uses the arts to build bridges between the creeds and cultures of the Middle East and West. An authority on Christian-Muslim relations, he is the author of several books, including his acclaimed book on inter-religious exchange, Pilgrims of Christ on the Muslim Road: Exploring a New Path Between Two Faiths (Rowman & Littlefield).