Bishop Munib Younan Receives Al-Hussein Decoration for Distinguished Service, First Class

Bishop Munib Younan awarded Al-Hussein Decoration for Distinguished Service, First Class

Bishop Munib Younan awarded Al-Hussein Decoration for Distinguished Service, First Class

In a ceremony on Tuesday, September 3rd, King Abdullah II of Jordan presented Bishop Munib Younan with the Al-Hussein Decoration for Distinguished Service, First Class by King Abdullah II.  Bishop Younan was awarded the medal for his work towards peace, co-existence, and interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims.  The Al-Hussein Decoration for Distinguished Service, First Class rewards distinction and achievement in particular fields, including philanthropy, literature, the arts, science, scholarship and education, industry and commerce, or public service.

The award was handed out during a conference hosted by King Abdullah II and Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, the King’s chief advisor for religious and cultural affairs, on Arab Christians entitled, “The Challenges Facing Arab Christians.”  The conference was attended by Patriarchs, Archbishops, Bishops, and both Muslim and Christian religious leaders from around the world, including Patriarch of the Holy City and the rest of Palestine and Jordan Orthodox His Beatitude (H.B.) Theophilos III, Armenian Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem H.B. Nourhanne Manouguean, and Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and Jordan H.B. Fuad Twal.  During the ceremony H.B. John X of Antioch, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, and Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and the Whole Levant, were also honored by King Abdullah II.

ELCJHL Mourns Death of Rev. Numan Smir

Rev. Numan Smir

JERUSALEM – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land sadly announces the death of Rev. Numan Smir, retired pastor of the ELCJHL.  Rev. Smir served the church in a number of capacities, at one point being president of the Synod. His pastoral career began at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Beit Jala before he helped found the Good Shepherd Church in Amman, Jordan, a community that he served from 1976 until his retirement in 1992. Rev. Numan Smir died on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the age of 81. The ELCJHL sends their condolences to Rev. Smir’s wife May and his children, Bassam, Husam, and Marwan. The funeral service will take place Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Amman, Jordan.  We ask for your prayers at this time.


ELCJHL’s U.S. partner church leader meets with Jordan’s King Abdullah

Bishop Mark Hanson and King Abdullah II

Bishop Mark Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, joined other U.S. religious leaders in meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan in Washington, D.C., on April 20, 2009. The meeting was a follow-up to Hanson’s January meeting with the king in Jordan. At both events, the king and Christian leaders discussed the importance of the Christian presence in the Holy Land.