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Bishop Azar at his consecration in Bethlehem. Photo: ELCJHL/ Ben Gray
16 Feb
Proud to be Lutherans in the Middle East
Holy Land, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, Middle East, AVH, church, LWF member churches, Bishop, Jerusalem, Palestine, Palestinian homes, Jordan
16 Feb
Bishop Ibrahim Azar has been installed as the new bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land , following the departure of Bishop Munib A. Younan from the post.
Visiting France in early March, LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan, called for a new, concerted effort to renew global commitment to confront the destructive cultural impulses of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
10 Mar
Global conflict risks escalating extremism, LWF President warns in France
LWF President, Violence, Interfaith, Middle East
10 Mar
Churches must strengthen robust moderation in society
Augusta Victoria Hospital staff before entering Gaza at the time of the 2014 conflict. The LWF Council has condemned the continued violence in the region. Photo: LWF Jerusalem
3 Aug
Middle East “needs justice not more arms”
Council 2015, LWF Council 2015, Middle East, Middle East conflict, Council resolution
3 Aug
LWF Council concern over violence against religious minorities ...
Students from the kindergarten of the Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour take a break from learning their Arabic alphabet to pose for a photo. Photo: ELCJHL
20 Mar
Christian Love and Dialogue Can Influence Middle East Crisis
Middle East, Interfaith, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
20 Mar
LWF President Younan’s Public Lecture in Beirut
Syrian refugees living in the host community of Al Mafraq, ten kilometres from Zaatari camp, Jordan. Photo: LWF/ M. Renaux
11 Dec
LWF Leaders Urge Member Churches to Advocate for Syrian Refugees
Syria Crisis, Refugees, LWF General Secretary, LWF President, Middle East, Displaced Persons
11 Dec
Younan and Junge Underline “Desperate Situation”
Augusta-Victoria Hospital. Photo: LWF/M. Brown
10 Dec
Cash-flow Crisis of Augusta Victoria Hospital Averted
Middle East
10 Dec
Payment by Palestinian Authority
A teacher and students at Dar al-Kalima Evangelical Lutheran School in Bethlehem, West Bank. Photo: ELCJHL/Elizabeth McHan
22 Oct
LWF President Bishop Younan Receives Canadian Award for Peace Work
LWF President, Education, Middle East, Peace
22 Oct
2014 Civis Mundi Award
Photo: LWF/Mark Brown
10 Oct
Statement from Palestinian Christian Leaders
LWF President, Middle East, Peace, Justice, LWF Council
10 Oct
LWF President Wrongfully Placed as Signatory
Augusta Victoria Hospital's second medical team left for Gaza on 4 August. Photo: LWF Jerusalem/M. Brown
6 Aug
LWF Augusta Victoria Hospital Sends Medical Teams, Supplies to Gaza to Treat Injured
AVH, Violence, Middle East
6 Aug
“Massive Stories of Sorrow, Pain and Loss”
Bishop Munib Younan speaks to an injured boy in the Intensive Care Unit of St. Joseph's Hospital. Photo: D. Hudson/ELCJHL
4 Aug
Bishop Younan Leads Delegates Consoling Gaza-Injured in Jerusalem Hospitals
Middle East, LWF President, AVH, Violence
4 Aug
Augusta Victoria Hospital Offers Medical Team Support and Supplies
One of 170 Iraqi Shia and Zoroastrian IDP families from Mosul sheltering in Christian village of Bandaywa. Photo: LWF/D. Poppe
29 Jul
Faith Communities Forced to Flee in Northern Iraq
Middle East, Displaced Persons, Violence, Iraq Crisis
29 Jul
LWF Condemns Extremist Actions; Explores Ways to Stand with Internally Displaced in the Region
Augusta Victoria Hospital. Photo: LWF/DWS Jerusalem/M. Brown
28 Jul
Augusta Victoria Hospital to Care for Injured From Gaza
Middle East
28 Jul
Call for Ceasefire via Social Media
Smoke rises after an air strike in Gaza Strip (archive photo). Photo: Amir Farshad Ebrahimi (CC-SA)
23 Jul
LWF: Abide by International Law in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
LWF President, LWF General Secretary, Middle East, Public Statement
23 Jul
Statement Reiterates Obligation to Protect Civilians
Ahmad, an auto-mechanics student at the LWF Vocational Training Center in Ramallah. The LWF has been providing vocational training to Palestinian youth since 1949. Photo: LWF Jerusalem/K. Brown
17 Jul
Holy Land Lutheran Bishop Younan Pleads for an End to Revenge and Bloodshed
Member Churches, Middle East, Peace, LWF General Secretary, LWF President
17 Jul
LWF General Secretary Junge Urges Political Solution and Support for ELCJHL
LWF President Bishop Munib A. Younan (right) attending the prayer for peace in the Middle East at the Vatican. Photo: Osservatore Romano
17 Jul
“We need a miracle. We need peace”
Member Churches, Middle East, Peace, LWF President, Pope
17 Jul
LWF President Bishop Munib A. Younan Reflects on Prayer for Peace in the Middle East
LWF President Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan speaking at the Martin Luther Forum Ruhr. Photo: LWF/GNC
2 Jul
LWF President is keynote speaker at Martin Luther Forum Ruhr
Middle East, LWF President
2 Jul
“Separating politics and religion is neither wise nor desirable”
LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan presents Pope Francis with a Salvadoran cross during a March 2013 audience.
6 Jun
LWF President Younan to Join Pope Francis in Prayer at the Vatican on Pentecost Sunday
Pope, LWF President, Peace, Middle East
6 Jun
Calls on all Lutherans to Pray for Peace in the Middle East
LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan presents Pope Francis with a Salvadoran cross during a March 2013 audience. © Servizio Fotografico "L'Osservatore Romano"
28 May
Pope Francis Prayed at the Separation Wall
Pope, LWF President, Middle East, Peace, Interfaith
28 May
LWF President Reflects on Pope Francis’ Visit to the Middle East
Rev. Michael Martin shares a tin of sweets with a Syrian family at the Za’atri refugee camp. Photo: LWF Jordan/E. Gano
23 May
LWF Intervention in Jordan Engages Syrian Refugees in Peace Building
Refugees, Member Churches, Syria Crisis, Peace, Middle East, Displaced Persons
23 May
Interview with Bavarian Delegation Visiting Za’atri Camp and Al Mafraq Communities
Participants of the Christian-Muslim consultation on public space in the “Peace Hall” in Münster, Germany, where the Peace of Westphalia treaties were signed after the Thirty Years War in Europe. Photo: Marion von Hagen
24 Jan
Religions in the Public Space: A Contested Terrain
Muslim, Middle East
24 Jan
Christian and Muslim Scholars Strive for a Definition of Secularity
(l. to r.) LWF President Bishop Dr. Munib Younan and LWF Vice-President  for Africa Bishop Dr Alex G. Malasusa at the dedication of the Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan Evangelical Lutheran Church. Photo: ELCJHL
16 Jan
New Lutheran Church in Jordan “Emblematic of Freedom of Religion”
Member Churches, LWF President, LWF Vice-President, Middle East
16 Jan
LWF President Munib Younan Dedicates Church at Baptismal Site in Interreligious Celebration
King Abdullah II and Bishop Dr Younan at the 3 September award ceremony. Photo: ELCJHL
12 Sep
Man of Peace
LWF President, Interreligious Dialogue, Middle East
12 Sep
LWF President Younan Honored for Middle East Dialogue Efforts