The ELCJHL has had a long relationship with the Church of Sweden throughout the years. Bishop Hans-Erik Nordin spoke to the Arabic Speaking Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, expressing the Church of Sweden’s strong support of the Palestinians and his hope that a relationship between the Church of Sweden, especially the Diocese of Strängnäs, and the ELCJHL will continue to grow.
Bishop Hans Erik Nordin and a delegation of pastors, staff and lay people from the Diocese of Straengnes in Sweden arrived in the Holy Land Friday, February 2, to visit the ELCJHL and others working for a just peace in Palestine. Saturday they toured Bethlehem and some ministries of the ELCJH, and Sunday they traveled to Ramallah to worship with the people of the ELCJHL’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hope. Bishop Nordin told the assembled congregation that they were there to learn what it is like to be a community of hope in the midst of struggle. Bishop Younan of the ELCJHL preached and con-celebrated Holy Communion with Bishop Nordin, then went on to visit Ramallah residents and listen to their stories of recent years. The group will depart on Wednesday, after a full schedule of visits and meetings to get a feel for life in the midst of conflict.