Resolution establishing American Middle East Christian Day in Michigan passes state House
The House of Representatives approved a bipartisan resolution offered by state Reps. Jim Runestad, Martin Howrylak, Klint Kesto and 42 other House members declaring Oct. 18 as American Middle East Christian Day in Michigan.
The resolution was prepared in coordination with the American Middle East Christian Congress which will host an event on Oct. 18, 2018, to bring together church leaders of communities in Michigan including Arab Christians, Armenians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Coptics, Maronites, Phoenicians and Syriacs.
“There are more than six million Middle East Christians across the United States with half of a million living here in Michigan,” Rep. Runestad said. “It is an honor for Michigan to acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of American Middle East Christians and remember the challenges they have faced globally.”
Dr. Ramsay Dass, president of the American Middle East Christian Congress, was present for the passage of the resolution on the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday.
“On Sept. 11, 2001, the American Middle East Christians Congress was created at the request of many church and community leaders with the goal of protecting and educating community members and promoting and understanding of our origin, culture, and societal and economic impact in the United States,” Dass said.
The commemoration of this day on October 18 will be coordinated by the American Middle East Christian Congress.