The Rev. Dr. Munib Younan, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), has been elected President of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF). He succeeds the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the ELCA, who was president since 2003.

Learn more: ELCA news release | LWF report

Bishop Younan’s July 25 sermon “Who could imagine the Holy Land without Christians?”

In early August, one of Bishop Younan’s first acts in his new role was to visit the annual Peace Forum in Lovisa, Finland, organized by the Finnish Christian Peace Movement. In his sermon in the Peace Mass, Bishop Younan encouraged Christians to live as children of light. At the seminar “Jerusalem – City of Peace,” he gave the keynote address,emphasizing the importance of dialogue and reconciliation. The Bishop has been instrumental in instituting dialogue among key religious leaders in Jerusalem, including the formation of the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land.

Bishop Younan’s sermon | Peace Forum’s website | Listen to part of the Bishop’s keynote address