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Bishop Younan Honored
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton joined international Lutheran leaders and dignitaries from Palestine and Jordan to celebrate Bishop Munib Younan’s 42 years of service to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL).
Prior to his 20 years as bishop of the ELCJHL, Younan served the church as youth pastor and pastor of three ELCJHL churches. He also served as president of The Lutheran World Federation from 2010 to 2017. More than 500 guests attended the celebration at the Convention Palace in Bethlehem, including ecumenical representatives, international organizations and inter-religious attendees.
"For the office may be passed on, and the Evangelical Lutheran bishop may retire according to the constitution of the church, but the call to serve the gospel of love cannot retire," Younan said. Sani Ibrahim Charlie “Barhoum” Azar was installed as the fourth bishop of the ELCJHL.
2018 Synod Assembly
Bishop Aitken always has an abundance of good information to be shared. Now, instead of finding it at the bottom of the home page, he has an entire page dedicated to sharing these resources. it will be found under the home drop down list or by clicking this link.
link to: SEASONS GREETINGS FROM THE HOLY LAND
Bishop Aitken's Reflections 2/6/18
The good Bible Studies Lutheran Social Services has been putting out, which have received so many high marks from so many of you in our synod continue to be created. This latest one (described by CEO Jodi Harpstead, below) is especially timely, helpful, and deals with the real problems our society is facing. Please consider it for a Bible Study in your congregation.
My Neighbor is Not for Sale
We are pleased to present our sixth congregational discussion guide, “My Neighbor is Not for Sale.”Joining our previous studies – “My Neighbor is Muslim”, “My Neighbor is on Medicaid”, etc. – “My Neighbor is Not for Sale” brings congregations the facts, figures, and stories of the insidious world of sex trafficking of children and youth in our country. It also represents our first collaboration with Cherish All Children, a 10-year-old Lutheran social ministry, which has recently become a service of LSS of Minnesota.
It has been a shock to so many of us to learn that, what we used to call prostitution, has been quietly and quite creepily replaced by an Internet-driven industry of luring kids into phony relationships, controlling them, and selling them in the sex trade right under our noses in communities everywhere.
The images we grew up with of adult women on the corners of the “red light district” soliciting men has been replaced with an invisible web of adults preying on children and youth. Our new awareness has also made us question whether those women in the “red light district” ever really had many choices in life themselves.
Over the past couple of years, the State of Minnesota has contracted with LSS and others to offer “Safe Harbor” services in several communities that reach out to youth trapped in trafficking, help them escape the life, and support them in getting back into strong and healthy lives, utilizing our years of experience working with homeless youth.
Our new affiliation with Cherish All Children adds a rich dimension of congregational outreach and education and a focus on helping our children and youth protect themselves from trafficking by teaching them to beware of the signals that they are being lured into the danger zone.
I wish you blessings on your journey of awareness and enlightenment.
Jodi Harpstead, CEO
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
MY NEIGHBOR IS NOT FOR SALE download pdf
2017-2018 Young Adults in Global Mission