President Annette Kurschus of the Evangelische Kirche von Westfalen Visits ELCJHL

ELCJHL Bishop Munib Younan presents Westphalia President Annette Kurschus with a gift of appreciation.  © Danae Hudson/ELCJHL
ELCJHL Bishop Munib Younan presents Westphalia President Annette Kurschus with a gift of appreciation. © Danae Hudson/ELCJHL

JERUSALEM – The President of the Evangelische Kirche von Westfalen, Annette Kurschus, visited the ELCJHL on invitation of Bishop Younan to help nourish and grow the relationship between the two churches. Annette Kurschus, joined by Rev. Gerhard Duncker and a delegation of leaders from her church in Westphalia, visited a number of the ELCJHL’s ministries, including the school in Beit Sahour and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem.  The delegation also visited the ministries of the Evangelischen Kirche (EKD) in Jerusalem.

Westphalia President Annette Kurschus preaches with Pastor Ibrahim Azar © Danae Hudson/ELCJHL
Westphalia President Annette Kurschus preaches with Pastor Ibrahim Azar. © Danae Hudson/ELCJHL

President Kurschus and her delegation joined Bishop Munib Younan at a service at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem on Sunday, April 7th. The service was held in both German and Arabic with President Kurschus giving the sermon in German and Lutheran Church of the Redeemer pastor Rev. Ibrahim Azar translating for the congregation.

Bishop Younan welcomed the President and her delegation and said that he hoped that the relationship between the ELCJHL and the Evangelische Kirche von Westfalen would continue to grow. Bishop Younan presented gifts to both President Kurschus and to Rev. Gerhard Duncker, who Bishop Younan recognized for his service to the ELCJHL over the years in representing the Church in Westphalia.

To see photos from the event, visit the ELCJHL’s photo gallery.

EKvW delegation visits ELCJHL ministries

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A delegation from the Evangelical Church of Westphalia has been making visits around the ELCJHL in recent days. On Oct. 11, the EKvW’s bishop, Alfred Buss (second from left), preached at Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, where he encouraged believers not to let the political realities of the occupation rob them of their hope. ELCJHL Bishop Munib Younan (holding plate) spoke with the group the following day, recalling the church’s German roots and the EKvW’s long history of partnership to the Palestinian church. The two leaders expressed happiness that the churches are renewing the relationship.