My Journey So Far
Canon Andrew White - renowned as the 'Vicar of Baghdad' - has worked tirelessly in the areas of reconciliation and hostage negotiation in the Middle East. Often in danger, and always in pain due to his multiple sclerosis, Andrew has...
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Canon Andrew White - renowned as the 'Vicar of Baghdad' - has worked tirelessly in the areas of reconciliation and hostage negotiation in the Middle East. Often in danger, and always in pain due to his multiple sclerosis, Andrew has managed to become trusted by all sides. This is the remarkable story of his life and ministry.
:Andrew White is something of a legend: a man of great charm and energy, whose personal suffering has not deflected him from his important ministry of reconciliation. Andrew grew up in London, the son of strongly religious parents: by the age of five he could repeat the five points of Calvinism. As a child and young man he was frequently ill, but his considerable intelligence meant that his studies did not suffer. He set his heart on becoming an anaesthetist, an ambition he achieved, only to be redirected by God to Anglican ministry. Since ordination he has had a considerable role in the work of reconciliation, both between Christian and Jew and between Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim. Often in danger, and always in pain, he has nevertheless been able to mediate between opposing extremes. A man of God, he is trusted by those who trust very few.
Andrew White, the vicar of St George's Church in Baghdad, has extensive experience with conflict mediation in Iraq and the wider Middle East. President and CEO of the Foundation for Reconciliation in the Middle East, launched in 2005, he has written extensively about conflict resolution and has been involved in many hostage negotiations. He is author of The Vicar of Baghdad.