ELCJHL and ELCIC Sign Mutual Partnership Agreement

Bishop Younan and Bishop Pryse Sign Mutual Partnership Agreement
Bishop Younan and Bishop Pryse of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada shake hands after signing a mutual partnership agreement. © Danae Hudson/ELCJHL

JERUSALEMThe Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Holy Land and the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada signed an agreement during the Arabic Speaking service of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer on April, 28, 2013 to become companion churches. The agreement was signed by Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and Bishop Michael Pryse of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

Bishop Younan thanked Bishop Pryse for accepting his invitation to become companion churches: “Dear Bishop Pryse, we thank you for accepting our invitation to be a partner of our church. I sent that invitation one year ago and you took us very seriously. You came with a group to this country in order to sign this agreement of mutual relationship, of accompaniment. We accompany each other, dear sisters and brothers in Christ. Many would say: what does a partnership mean? What does accompaniment mean? Certainly it won’t mean that we are only good personal friends…it means, “What can we learn from each other? What can we learn from the Canadian, Christian Lutherans and what can they learn from us? No church is so big that it cannot learn from other churches and no church is so small that it doesn’t have spiritual talents…please pray for us and thank you for this accompaniment.”

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Bishop Younan and the ELCJHL Mourn the Death of ELCA Bishop John Schreiber

Bishop Younan and the ELCJHL are deeply saddened by the great loss of our brother in Christ,  Bishop John Schreiber of the ELCA’s Southeast Michigan Synod, our partner synod.  We considered him a wise prophet who spoke out on behalf of peace with justice in Palestine/Israel.  He understood our realities on the ground here and was a cherished friend who worked with us in a common mission.  May God Bless his life and ministry, and grant comfort and support to his family, friends and colleagues.