The Rt. Rev. Dr. Munib A. Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) and president of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), will return to the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), where he had studied in the late 1980s, to preach at the school’s 151st commencement on Sunday, May 15, 2011. The worship service and commencement will take place at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5472 South Kimbark Avenue, Chicago, at 2:30 p.m.
"We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to have Bishop Younan speak at this year's commencement service," said LSTC President James Kenneth Echols. "We look forward to welcoming him back to LSTC, and having the chance to benefit from his wisdom and insights."
Bishop Younan, who was elected LWF president in July 2010, and his wife, Suad Younan, are making a week-long visit to the Chicago area. In addition to their time at LSTC, Bishop Younan and Mrs. Suad Yacoub Younan will speak at public peace and justice events in Barrington, Ill., and La Grange, Ill. They will also visit the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) churchwide office to meet with ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson. ELCA Metropolitan Chicago Synod Bishop Wayne Miller will host a breakfast for Bishop Younan and the Chicago Council of Religious Leaders.
The public is welcome at the free Peace and Justice Events on Sunday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Atonement, 909 E. Main Street, Barrington, Ill., and on Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 200 N. Catherine, La Grange, Ill.
Bishop Younan will preach at Grace Lutheran Church’s Sunday worship at 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. on May 22.
Bishop Younan has served as bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) since January 1998. He is the third Palestinian to hold the office. Bishop Younan has studied in Palestine, Finland, and the United States. He holds a master of arts in theology from Helsinki University. He is the author of Witnessing for Peace: In Jerusalem and in the World (Augsburg Fortress Press, 2003), and co-founder of the Council of Religious Institutions in the Holy Land. Bishop Younan has received numerous awards, including the Finnish Peace Prize from the Finnish Christian Peace Movement, a Human Rights Award from the United Nations Association, the Bethlehem Star Award from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and the Templar Peace Prize.
Mrs. Suad Yacoub Younan is the director of the Helen Keller School for the Visually Impaired in Jerusalem. She is active in civic affairs and a leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and in the Lutheran World Federation. She holds a master of arts degree in English literature and has done post-graduate studies at Hebrew University in educational management and policies.
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