|September 17, 2006 Guest -
Bishop Munib Younan
Program: Unholy Hatred in a Holy Land
Rev. Munib A. Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Jordan (and Palestine) (ELCJ), was born in Jerusalem in 1950, the child
of refugees from Beersheba.
Younan attended Luther Opisto College in
Järvenpää, Finland, from 1969 to 1972. He earned a master's degree at
the University of Helsinki, Finland, and was ordained as a Lutheran
pastor in 1976 in Jerusalem.
Since his ordination, Younan has held several
positions within the ELCJ including pastor, synod president and youth
pastor. He has also taught Christian education in Lutheran schools.
Younan is an active member of the Lutheran
World Federation (LWF), having participated as a member of the youth
committee and advisor to the LWF Council and currently as a voting
member of the Council; vice president of the board of trustees of the
Ecumenical Institute, Strasbourg, France; vice chair of the LWF
Department for Mission and Development; and chair of the Asian Regional
Church Leaders Conference.
He also works with the Middle East Council of
Churches, the World Council of Churches and the International Christian
Committee, among others. He is a recipient of the 2001 Finnish Peace
Prize from the Finnish Christian Peace Movement, and of the Human Rights
Award from the United Nations Association, Washington, D.C.
Younan holds an honorary doctor of divinity
from Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, an ELCA higher education
institution. He is author of numerous articles on the church in the
Middle East and has been a presenter at several conferences.
Younan and his wife, Suad, have three
children, Annaliza, Andria and Martha. They reside in Jerusalem.
|Peter Marty and Bishop Munib
Younan meet at the Lutheran Center in Chicago to do an
interview for the Grace Matters program