Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Lutheran Bishop Younan to address ELCA assembly

Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan will address the ELCA assembly tomorrow -

The Rev. Munib A. Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, will bring greetings to the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 10:30 A.M.

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As a religious leader who has called for peace in a tumultuous region, Younan initiated interreligious dialogues among Christians, Muslims, and Jews in Israel and Palestine.

Younan, known internationally as a passionate lecturer, brings his Palestinian Christian perspective to bear on what makes for peace with justice in Israel and Palestine.

He was born in Jerusalem and did graduate study in Finland and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He has published several articles and books, including Witnessing for Peace: In Jerusalem and the World (Augsburg Fortress, 2003).

He is vice president of Lutheran World Federation, president of the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches, and serves on the executive committee of the Middle East Council of Churches.

Younan will be signing copies of his book at the Augsburg Fortress bookstore in the Lakeview Terrace on Navy Pier on Friday, Aug. 10, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

He will speak at Lutheran Church of the Atonement (909 East Main Street, Barrington, Ill.) on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 7:30 p.m., and at Grace Lutheran Church (200 North Catherine Avenue, La Grange, Ill.) on Sunday, Aug. 12, at the 8:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. worship services.

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