Solidarity Visit from Rev. Dr. Albrecht Phillipps and Rev. Ralf Lange-Sonntag from Westfalen

Bishop Azar and the ELCJHL welcomed the solidarity visit of Rev. Dr. Albrecht Phillipps and Rev. Ralf Lange-Sonntag from the Evangelische Kirche von Westfalen this weekend....

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LWF General Secretary Visits ELCJHL

Bishop Azar and the ELCJHL were honored to receive the solidarity visit of LWF’s General Secretary Rev. Dr. Anne Burghardt and her colleague Mrs. Caroline Tveoy. The General Secretary met with Bishop Azar, the ELCJHL church council and pastors, and the directors of our Diaconal, Gender Justice, and Environmental ministries, in addition to other local partners. This strong act of partnership and solidarity lifts the spirits of the church, and helps us feel as though we are not alone. We are grateful for their witness, and pray together with our Lutheran sisters and brothers around th...

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EEC Spring Competition

The Environmental Education Center of the ELCJHL held the annual Spring Competition in April. Through this competition, the EEC offers students the opportunity to work with local professional artists and photographers to learn about nature art and photography. This competition was especially special this year, as many students have not had the chance to spend time outside in nature since October due to dangerous roads and closures throughout the country. We give thanks for the EEC’s ministry which uplifts our calling as Christians to care for God’s creation together....

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ACT Alliance Palestine Forum Meet with Bishop Azar, Latin Patriarch Pizzaballa

Members of the ACT Palestine Forum met with Bishop Azar and also Latin Patriarch Pizzaballa. The forum shared the work of the forum, as well as discussed future collaboration efforts to assist with the rebuilding efforts in Gaza once they are able to begin. This was a great way to keep the forum connected with local churches, and keep momentum for gathering and distributing aid to those in need in the Holy Land....

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Bishop Azar and ELCJHL Delegation Visits SOS Children Village in Bethlehem

Last month, in coordination with the government of Germany, seventy-eight orphans from Gaza were evacuated from the Gaza strip to Bethlehem, where they are in the care of the SOS Children's Village Organization. Bishop Azar and a delegation from the ELCJHL visited these children to offer a spiritual word, as well as show solidarity with their cases....

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Interview with Bishop Azar and EKW

Read the recent interview with Bishop Azar and EKW's Peace Officer Christian Bald here.      ...

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Hakimat Council Meeting

Today the Hakimat Council (Judge Scarlet Bishara, Judge Sumud Damiri, ELCJHL Gender Justice Ministry Program Manager Ranan Issa and Program Coordinator Shadin Nassar) held a meeting to discuss future events. The council also met with Rev. Gabi Aelabouni, MENA Desk Director from the ELCA, to discuss future possibilities and needs in the community....

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General Secretary of WCC Visits Jerusalem

Bishop Azar and the Heads and Patriarchs of Jerusalem welcomed WCC General Secretary Rev. Dr. Jerry Pillay this weekend. Church leaders spoke with Rev. Dr. Jerry about the dire situation in the Holy Land, and within the Palestinian Christian community....

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Ash Wednesday in Bethlehem

The Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem marked Ash Wednesday this year in a joint service with the Beit Sahour congregation. As we mark the beginning of the Lenten season we remember that we are made from dust and to dust we shall return....

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Solidarity Visit from Bishop Christiansen and Dr. Lodberg of Denmark

Bishop Azar and the ELCJHL were honored by the solidarity visit of Bishop Marianne Christiansen from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark and Danish Theologian Dr. Peter Lodberg. The Danish delegation met with several ELCJHL ministries and with the Jerusalem-Patriarchate and Archbishop Husam Na’om of the Anglican Church accompanied by Bishop Azar.We are so grateful for the continued solidarity visits from our partners, which show us we are not alone as Christian Palestinians in this time of deep sorrow, fear, and uncertainty....

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Palestinian Model United Nations 2024

This year, only out of the four ELCJHL schools were able to participate in the annual "PAL MUN" (Palestinian Model United Nations) conference, held in Ramallah due to harsh restriction of movement. Our School of Hope Students in Ramallah represented the ELCJHL well though, and two of the eleven students present even won awards in the conference. This was a wonderful chance for students to learn public speaking, debate, and self-expression. We are so proud of all our students who participated, and pray that next year the situation will be peaceful enough for Bethlehem-area students to participa...

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World Day of Prayer--Palestine Committee Meetings

Over the last month, the World Day of Prayer - Palestine committee has been hard at work preparing for the World Day of Prayer. By chance, the country chosen years ahead of time for 2024 is Palestine, so on the World Day of Prayer this year, March 1st 2024, Christians around the world will pray for Palestine using liturgy, prayer, and music by Palestinian authors, clergy, and artists.Due to the current harsh restriction of movement, it is impossible to gather Christians in Palestine together in one location. In light of this hardship, the Gender Justice Ministry of the ELCJHL supported the Wor...

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Solidarity Visit from Bishop Susan

Bishop Azar and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land were honored to receive a solidarity visit from our dear friend and partner Bishop Susan Johnson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Bishop Susan visited with many of our pastors, directors, and principals to gain a better understanding of how the ELCJHL ministry is affected by the ongoing situation. We are so grateful for her, for our partnership with the ELCIC, and wish her safe travels as she returns home to Canada....

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Visit from Bishop Olav Tveit of Norway

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land was honored by the solidarity visit of Bishop Olav Tveit this past week to meet with Bishop Azar, ELCJHL staff, and worship together. We are so grateful for his visit and partnership....

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Christmas Greetings Exchanged at Greek Patriarchate 2023

We give thanks for the gathering of Jerusalem Patriarchs, Heads of Churches, and clergy today at the Jerusalem-Patriarchate. It was our honor to be hosted by His Grace Patriarch Theophilos III, and hear Christmas greetings and messages concerning the current situation in the Holy Land from bishops and patriarchs representing the local Christian presence. We pray for a peaceful new year....

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Christmas Greetings Exchanged at Latin Patriarchate 2023

Christmas Greetings 2023 at the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem البطريركية اللاتينية - القدس and Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar was honored to receive a visit to the Church of the Redeemer from His Grace Bishop Theophanous and a delegation from the Greek Orthodox patriarchate who exchanged their Christmas greetings as well. All church leaders, including Bishop Azar in his address to the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches, used this time to lament the continuing loss of life in our country, and pray together for a lasting peace....

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Archbishop of Sweden Visits Holy Land

Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar and the ELCJHL was honored by a visit from the Archbishop of Sweden Martin Modeus this week. The Archbishop visited two ELCJHL schools, worshipped in two of our churches, met with our Environmental Education Center and Diaconal Ministry, heard from the director of the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR), from our ELCJHL pastors, the Mayor of Ramallah, and Sheikh Azam Al-Khatib General Director of Jerusalem Awqaf. We are touched by the commitment and partnership shown by His Grace the Archbishop, and feel his deep solidarity in coming to the Holy L...

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