Clarification from the Lutheran World Federation regarding Bishop Munib Younan and the Sunhak Peace Prize

30 January 2020

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has been informed that Bishop Dr Munib Younan will be awarded the Sunhak peace prize on 5 February. The prize was instituted to continue the legacy of Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church.

LWF has received expressions of concern from several of its member churches, given what the Unification Church stands for, and the fact that Bishop Younan served as president of the LWF from 2010-2017.

The LWF has brought these concerns and the implications of receiving the prize to the attention of Bishop Younan.

Bishop Younan has informed the LWF that he will accept this prize as a private person and not as a representative of the LWF.

The LWF and its member churches have no relationship with the Unification Church. The awarding and acceptance of the Sunhak Peace Prize by Bishop Younan does not involve or commit the LWF in any way.