HANNOVER, November 7, 2010 – “We as Christians share the same loaf. We share the same responsibility for a hungry world, hungry for spirituality and hungry for justice,” said Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) in his words before the Evangelische Kirche Deutschland (EKD) in early November.
Younan shared words of thanks for the leadership of Bishop Johannes Friedrich, the EKD’s partnership with the ELCJHL, and the dialogue the church bodies share. Younan also congratulated Praeses Nikolaus Schneider in his new role as president of the council of the EKD.
Younan called for ever-strengthening relationship, saying:
“Our grassroots are expecting to see us acting together, witnessing together, living together, and loving together. For this reason, it is essential that we strengthen our relationships both in Israel-Palestine and in the whole Middle East. It is essential that we—the EKD, the ELCJHL and its COCOP partners, the LWF, and all Christians—work together with one voice in a common witness—a witness that is living, dynamic, and steadfast.”
Younan concluded his address with a prayer for the common evangelical Lutheran witness of the ELCJHL and the EKD and their partners as they commit to “making every effort to maintain the unity of the Sprit in the bond of peace.”