Category Archives: ELCJHL News

Tokyo, 24 July 2017 – During a visit to Tokyo to accept the Niwano Peace Prize for his interreligious dialogue, Bishop Dr. Munib Younan was invited to deliver an ecumenical address to Japan’s Catholic and Lutheran communities as they prepare to commemorate the 500th year of Reformation and celebrate a Joint-Common Prayer this November, as […]




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  Jericho – Tucked away at the Jericho Resort Village in a majority Muslim Palestinian community, Senior Lutheran Youth ages 18 – 25 years old gathered with youth pastors, Rev. Haddad, Rev. Tannous and Rev. Zum’ot and their wives, to unpack Sola Scriptura, Sola Gracia, Sola Fide in a Palestinian context. The Senior Youth filled […]




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Waterloo Lutheran Seminary “Inshallah Choir” serenades ELCJHL Bishop Munib Younan after presenting “Sing the Circle Wide: Songs of Faith From Around the World” songbooks. Jerusalem – Inspired by the soulful songs and comforting worship during a 2007 visit to The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and Holy Land (ELCJHL) churches, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Dean Debbie Ludolph […]




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Bethlehem – The Church, community, family, and friends came together today, June 9, 2017, to celebrate 30 years of faithful service to The Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church by The Rev. Mitri Raheb. – The Church, community, family, and friends came together today, June 9, 2017, to celebrate 30 years of faithful service to The Evangelical […]




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    Bishop Dr. Munib Younan at The Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem with children waving palms singing Hosanna! Photo by, Ben Gray/ELCJHL Resurrection Joy in a Fearful World Easter Message 2017 From Bishop Dr. Munib Younan Matthew 28:5-8 “The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are […]




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Beit Sahour – The Evangelical Lutheran Schools (ELS) 2017 Spring Educational Day was blessed with a beautiful, bright spring day on the 7th of April on Beit Sahour’ School’s athletic court. Principal Georgette Rabadi, and ELS Director of Education Dr. Charlie Haddad welcomed volunteers, pastors, administrators from participating schools, representatives of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education, […]




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Beirut, 24 March – The ELCJHL rejoices with The National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon which ordained its second female pastor today in Beirut at Rabieh Church! Bishop Munib Younan was in attendance. Sally Azar, who is a seminarian in Lebanon at the Near East School of Theology, said of Rev. Kassab’s ordination today and […]




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AFP Newswire Article: Jerusalem, 22 March – The tomb where Jesus is believed to have been buried is being unveiled again following nine months of restoration work that will be highlighted at a much anticipated ceremony Wednesday. The shrine, which includes a 19th-century ornate edicule or shrine surrounding the tomb, is a key part of […]




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“The US Administration’s Special Envoy for International Negotiations Visits With Holy Land Religious Leaders” First published in  The Times of Israel by Raphael Ahren Tel Aviv, 16 March 2017 – Jason Greenblatt, the US administration’s Special Envoy for International Negotiations, on Thursday met with senior Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders in Jerusalem, reportedly calling the meeting “the […]




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Florence, Italy 20-22 February 2017 – The Reformation was not over in the 16th century when the reformers passed away, nor did it end in 1999 when the Catholic church and the Lutheran Church signed the “Agreement on Justification,” nor did it end in 2016 when Bishop Younan and Pope Francis signed the Joint Statement […]




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