Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton joined international Lutheran leaders and dignitaries from Palestine and Jordan to celebrate Bishop Munib Younan’s 42 years of service to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL).
Prior to his 20 years as bishop of the ELCJHL, Younan served the church as youth pastor and pastor of three ELCJHL churches. He also served as president of The Lutheran World Federation from 2010 to 2017. More than 500 guests attended the celebration at the Convention Palace in Bethlehem, including ecumenical representatives, international organizations and inter-religious attendees.
"For the office may be passed on, and the Evangelical Lutheran bishop may retire according to the constitution of the church, but the call to serve the gospel of love cannot retire," Younan said.
Sani Ibrahim Charlie “Barhoum” Azar was installed as the fourth bishop of the ELCJHL. View event photos. photo credit to Ben Gray/ELCJHL.