Installation of Rev. Imad Haddad
Evangelical Church of Hope in Ramallah
30 September 2012
On this joyous occasion, Bishop Munib Younan, President of the Lutheran World Federation and Rev. Martin Junge, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation in addition to a host of clergy from a truly ecumenical representation of the Christian body in Palestine and the Holy Land came together to welcome Rev. Imad Haddad to his new position as pastor of the Evangelical Church of Hope in Ramallah.
The church enjoyed standing room only as people from across the Holy Land and many countries around the world provided their warmth and welcome to Rev. Haddad.
More photos of the service and fellowship are available here.
RAMALLAH/JERUSALEM, 26 May 2012 – With spinning bodies, whirling traditional costumes, and powerful leaps the more than 45 high school students that make up Al-Raja Folkloric Dance Troupe of the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah wowed the packed audience during their 12 May performance.
As living witnesses to the “hope” for which they are named—al-Raja means hope in the Arabic language—the students performed with a joy and enthusiasm that was irresistible to the crowd.
The evening’s performance also included traditional songs performed by students from the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah.
The al-Raja Folkloric Dance Troupe was founded in 2004 with the partnership of the Grefsen Videregaende Skole in Oslo, Norway, and has performed both locally and internationally in Norway and the United States of America.
Today, more than 45 high school students—Christian and Muslim alike—participate in al-Raja Folkloric Dance Troupe, practicing six hours each week.
Rev. Saliba Rishmawi was installed as pastor of the ELCJHL Lutheran Church of Hope in Ramallah, West Bank, on Sunday, March 14, 2010. Many clergy, ELCJHL members and friends, as well as local dignitaries, attended the festive event. Pictured here is Rev. Rishmawi (center) with ELCJHL Bishop Munib Younan on his left and Bishop Martin Lind of the Diocese of Linköping, Church of Sweden, on his right, during the installation service.
For two weeks in July they met, about 20 kids from Ramallah School of Hope, with facilitators from a peace group in the US, to learn and foster creativity, non-violence and peace-building skills. “Love thy Neighbor” is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational resources and programs about the plight of Palestinians in Palestine/Israel to support both peoples’ deepening commitment to nonviolence as the way to bring a just peace for themselves and their neighbors.