Cultivating resilience and grace as an ISIS hostage

How does one survive 2 years of torture and captivity?

Theo Padnos, a struggling American journalist, spent twenty-two months as an ISIS hostage in Syria. He is the subject of a new documentary, Theo Who Lived,  which chronicles his experience as he returns to the Middle East and relates the physical and emotional ordeals he endured.

As part of the Kayla Mueller Legacy Conversations: Peace in the Middle East series, Theo will spend three days in conversation with the NAU community about cultivating resilience and grace in the face of hatred and the struggle for a just peace in Syria.

On Monday, October 17 @ 7:30, Theo and NAU Professor Bob Nuesdadt will have an informal conversation about the film and other topics.

On Thursday, October 20 @ 7:30, there will be a screening of Theo Who Lived and Theo will take part in a discussion following the screening. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Bjorn Krondorfer of the Martin-Springer Institute and Rev. Kathleen Day, UCM.

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You can learn more about those events, including how to RSVP, on our events page.

Other Kayla Mueller Legacy Conversations events

As part of this series, we will also welcome Areej Masoud from Bethlehem, Palestine. She is a native of that city and currently works as the Communication and Administrative Officer for Kairos Palestine. She has training in international human rights and conflict resolution and has led workshops and been a speaker on the Kairos Document in Norway and the United States. She is also a member of the Palestinian Youth Ecumenical Movement.


Thursday, October 13th @ 5:30 pm

Light and healthy dinner buffet and conversation for NAU students, faculty and staff. Campus Ministry Center (blue building behind Ardrey Auditorium). Priority reservations for students and NAU faculty/staff thru October 6th, and then open to the community until filled.

Friday, October 14th @ 11:30-1:00

Light lunch and conversation for our church partners and community friends. Priority reservations for community members and NAU faculty & staff through October 6th and then open to students until filled.

For both events: Reservation required due to limited seating. To RSVP, e-mail or contact campus minister, Rev. Kathleen Day @ 928.607.7726. Parking pass required and will be included in confirmation. $5.00/person suggested donation @ event. 100% of proceeds will be given to support the rescue and resettlement of Yazidi women and young girls taken hostage in Syria and enslaved by ISIS.




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