september, 2019

thu26sep7:00 pmBishop emeritus of Jordan and Holy Land to give lecture at Luther College7:00 pm Luther College Center for Faith and Life Recital HallAge:All agesCost:Free/Small Donation

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emeritus of Jordan and Holy Land to spend week at Luther College


Bishop Munib Younan, bishop emeritus of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Jordan and the Holy Land, will spend Sept. 26-Oct. 1 in residency with Luther
College and the Decorah community.

              “Bishop Younan is a globally recognized servant
leader committed to ecumenical and interfaith dialogue and collaboration,
especially for the cause of building a just peace in the Middle East. We are
fortunate to have Bishop Younan share his deep wisdom, abiding faith and
generous spirit with the Luther community,” said
Blair, Luther campus pastor.

his time in Decorah, Younan will speak at several events that are open to the
public, with no charge for admission.


  • Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 pm in the Center for Faith and Life
    Recital hall
    Younan will give a lecture
    titled “
    The Role of Religion in Peace-building in
    the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict”
  • Friday, Sept. 27 at 10:30am in the Center for Faith and Life
    Main Hall
    , Younan will preach during
    Weekday Chapel.
  • Saturday, Sept 28 at 9:30am at Decorah UCC,
    209 W Broadway St., Decorah, IA, the community may join in breakfast
    conversation with Younan.
  • Sunday, Sept 29 at 9:30am at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church,
    701 Iowa Ave, Decorah, IA, Younan will serve as preacher for Sunday


will also be meeting with student groups and visiting classes during his stay.

looking forward to the quality and depth of conversation Bishop Younan will
bring to the Luther campus and the Decorah community”, said Blair. “His
visit offers an opportunity to draw from wisdom, faith and commitments born of
living and serving in the Holy Land.”

            Younan was born in Jerusalem to
Palestinian refugees and holds United Nations Relief  and Works Agency refugee status. Younan
a master’s degree in theology from the University of Helsinki and was awarded
an honorary Doctorate of Divinity by Wartburg College in 2001.

being ordained at the Church of the Redeemer, Jerusalem, in 1976, Younan served
in many capacities until being appointed president of the ELCJHL Synod in 1990.
He held this position until his election as bishop in 1998. He was elected
president of The Lutheran World Federation in 2010, and retired from the office
of Bishop in 2018.

residency is sponsored by Luther College Ministries, Campus Programming and the
Center for Ethics and Public Engagement.

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(Thursday) 7:00 pm


Luther College Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall