Church Council from Church of Norway Visits ELCJHL Church Council

Bishop Munib Younan addresses the assembled Church Councils. (© D. Hudson/ELCJHL)
Bishop Munib Younan addresses the assembled Church Councils. (© D. Hudson/ELCJHL)
Bishop Munib Younan addresses the assembled Church Councils. (© D. Hudson/ELCJHL)

BEIT JALA – Bishop Atle Sommerfeldt, Bishop of the Diocese of Borg, Church of Norway, and the Church Council from the same region visited the Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan of the Holy Land from Thursday, February 26th, 2015 to March 2nd, 2015 in a bid to strengthen their relationship and to learn more about the operation of each church’s council.

The meeting included discussions on being the Lutheran Church in each church’s unique context as well as finding new ways in which the churches could further develop cooperation between not only each Church Council, but between the church bodies as a whole.

Bishop Younan remarked on the visit: “This is a remarkable thing that we have really met the two church councils – with our ELCJHL pastors – and have discussed the issue of Lutheran identity in both Norwegian and Palestinian contexts.  We have seen both the similarities and differences.  Meetings of church councils will only deepen the relationship between the two churches.  I am asking others to seriously think of adopting an agenda where church councils have the opportunity to meet – worshipping with us and seeing our reality as well as discussing issues of concern, differences, and even issues of disagreement in each church deepens our sense of communion.”

Bishop Munib Younan and the ELCJHL thank Bishop Atle Sommerfeldt and the Church Council of the Diocese of Borg for their visit and for further deepening the relationship between the two churches.

ELCJHL, ELCIC, and CLWR Sign Mutual Partnership Agreement

Bishop Munib Younan shakes hands with Bishop Susan Johnson
National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada Susan Johnson and Bishop Munib Younan shake hands after signing a mutual partnership agreement. (© Danae Hudson/ELCJHL)

BEIT JALA – On Tuesday, May 14th, Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and the National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Bishop Susan Johnson, signed a mutual partnership agreement between the ELCJHL, ELCIC, and Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR).  The ELCJHL is happy to continue its work with both the ELCIC and the CLWR.