The Chapel of the Resurrection will welcome Bishop Emeritus Dr. Munib Younan, of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land as guest preacher on Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018. The bishop will preach and University Pastor Charlene M. Rachuy Cox will preside at the service of Holy Communion which begins at 10 a.m. at the Chapel of the Resurrection. A meal for students to meet Dr. Younan will be served in the Helge Center Multipurpose Room following the worship service.
Bishop Emeritus Younan was educated in Palestine and Finland and has been active in numerous faith organizations since his ordination in 1976, such as the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches (FMEEC). The bishop was the first to translate the Augsburg Confession, a key document of the Lutheran Church, into Arabic. He is an active member of various ecumenical and interfaith dialogue initiatives in Jerusalem that he helped found.
He is the former President (2010-2017) of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), a global communion of Christian churches with 145 member churches in 79 countries representing more than 70 million Christians. He is past president of FMEEC and provides leadership for the ecumenical Patriarchs and Heads of Local Christian Churches in Jerusalem, as well as for the Council of Religious Institutions in the Holy Land (CRIHL), comprised of leaders of Jerusalem’s Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities. His term as acting Bishop of the ELCJHL was from December 1998 – January 2018.
He is the author of Witnessing for Peace: In Jerusalem and the World (Augsburg Fortress, USA, 2003), Our Shared Witness: A Voice for Justice and Reconciliation (Lutheran University Press, 2012) and of The Augsburg Confession in Arabic (Emerezian Est., Jerusalem, 1993). Bishop Younan also has written numerous articles, lectures, and presentations relating to the life of Palestinian Lutherans in the Middle East. He continues to serve the ELCJHL as a member of the Church Council.