Reformation Day 2022

Happy Reformation Day to you, near and far. Today we celebrate, reflect, and contemplate the meaning of Reformation, and the Reformations of the Lutheran Church. Martin Luther set in motion an ongoing Reformation, which we carry on to this day. We are grateful for such a diverse and representative gathering tonight, and the wonderful reminder … [Read more…]

WCC in Karlsruhe, Germany

From August 31st to the 8th of September, delegates and representatives from the ELCJHL were in beautiful Karlsruhe, Germany for the 11th Annual World Council of Churches. The theme of this assembly was “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity”.  In total, the ELCJHL was represented by Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar, Reverend Imad … [Read more…]

Bishop and ELCJHL delegation visit Diocese of Stragnas

This week, Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar , Reverend Rodny Said, and Mrs. Rana Kattan Zeidan are in Sweden representing the ELCJHL. They are meeting with the Dioces of Stragnas and many members and pastors of the Church of Sweden. During this week, the ELCJHL representatives are sharing about the ELCJHL and its ministry, with a … [Read more…]

ACT Palestine Forum and the Middle East Council of Churches statement on the Murder of the Beloved Journalist Ms. Shireen Abu Aqleh

With shock and great sadness, the Middle East Council of Churches headquartered in Beirut, the Ecumenical Palestinian organizations, and members of the ACT Alliance working in Palestine and the region, received the news of the murder of the beloved journalist Ms. Shireen Abu Aqleh. Shireen was killed by a bullet fired from the Israeli occupation … [Read more…]

Bishop Azar, Church Representatives meet New Apostolic Nuncio to the Holy Land and Cypress

Bishop Azar, accompanied by Reverend Gabi Aelabouni, Reverend Doctor Meghan Aelabouni, and Reverend Carrie Ballenger, met with the apostolic nuncio to the Holy Land and Cypress today. Archbishop Adolfo Tito Camacho Yllana is new to his position in the Holy Land. We warmly welcome archbishop Yllana, and look forward to hosting him at the Church … [Read more…]

Propst Wolfgang Schmidt Leaves Post at Redeemer Lutheran Church

Jerusalem – In a farewell service on Wednesday 4 September 2019, Rev Wolfgang Schmidt and his wife Anette Pflanz Schmidt said good bye to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem. Rev Schmidt was propst of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and serving the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany (EKD) for 7 … [Read more…]

Called to Lead The Way

Female Palestinian Lawyer to Speak at The UN For International Women’s Month West Bank/New York – As the only female in the entire Middle East serving as a judge on the church Ecclesiastical Court which governs family matters among Christians, attorney Scarlet Bishara, a member of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy … [Read more…]

Middle East Council of Churches Gathers in 2019

Bikfaya, Lebanon – On 22-23 January, The Executive Committee of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) held its third meeting at the Patriarchal See of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East in Atchane. Bishop Ibrahim Azar is a member representing the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land … [Read more…]