PTWF, Muslim Partners Urge Erdogan to Open Halki Seminary and Release Pastor Brunson

Τhe Chalki Theological School. (Photo by Eurokinissi/File)

NEW YORK (PRNewswire) – Pave the Way Foundation (PTWF) together with 17 Muslim partners, requested that the government of Turkey recognize and follow ” The Covenant of Protection to Those Who Adopt Christianity ” sealed by the Prophet Muhammad in 628 AD. This law commands his followers (Muslims) to protect the people of the book (Jews and Christians) until the end of days. The authenticity of this Islamic law has been sustained throughout the ages by Islamic scholars yet has been largely ignored by the media and purposely hidden by those who seek to illegally use religion to justify violence.

Specifically, in a joint letter addressed to Prime Minster Erdogan (now president) originally issued in 2012, the group specifically asked that the government of Turkey reopen the Greek Orthodox seminary in Halki, closed since 1971.

In July 2012, Dr. Mehmet Gormez, President of the Islamic authority in Turkey, visited His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in support of reopening the seminary in the name of Islam. Dr. Gormez embraced the patriarch and stated, “A religious community’s dependence on other countries to raise their own theologians does not befit Turkey as a major country. I would like to note that its [the Greek seminary’s] continuation in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations just as it did throughout history will befit the greatness of this country.”

“We wish to further highlight, based on the covenants of the prophet, that the government of Turkey should release Pastor Andrew Brunson, jailed since 2016. We join our prayers with others of all faiths and persons of good will that Pastor Brunson be permitted to return home and rejoin his family and that the Halki seminary will soon be reopened,” says PTWF Founder, Gary Krupp.

About Pave the Way Foundation

PTWF, known as “the most important organization in the world that no one has ever heard of” operates in 21 countries quietly from behind the scenes, and is based in Wantagh, New York. PTWF is a nonsectarian public foundation whose mission is to identify and work to resolve obstacles between religions. We achieve our goals by establishing foundations of trust through cultural, educational and technological gestures between the faiths. Please visit our website


  1. The entire Halki seminary campaign is a lost cause.
    We can hardly maintain seminaries in North America, where Orthodox communities enjoy a considerable amount of wealth, and comprise a presence of at least 1 million. Who will go to this school, pay the faculty? The dwindling non-clerical Greek community of Turkey’s largest city?
    A school is community of students and teachers, not a physical building.

    1. The Orthodox Church will need new young theologians it it is to continue. The Halki location can be part of that picture. We should try to be positive.

    2. Really? Where’s the other School going to be Kabul, Afghanistan? World Orthodoxy’s only hope is the USA, for everything!
      But the Greeks have screwed up Greece and the US church, maybe terminally.

  2. I have just authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar! Aluminum will now be 20% and Steel 50%. Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)August 10, 2018‎

    Only man showing any real courage. Donald John Trump. Where is the church? Where are the “Greeks”? In hiding, that’s where.

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