Bishop Emeritus Munib A. Younan of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land will visit Wartburg Theological Seminary from April 3-5, 2018.

In 1976, Younan was ordained at the Church of the Redeemer, Jerusalem. Over the next twelve years he served the ELCJHL in various capacities in areas of pastoral leadership, youth leadership, and Christian education. In 1990 Younan was appointed president of the ELCJHL Synod, a position he held until his election and consecration as bishop in January 1998. As a bishop he also chaired several boards and committees within the ELCJHL. Bishop Younan retired from the office of bishop in January 2018 and continues to serve as president of The Lutheran World Federation.

“Bishop Emeritus Munib A. Younan’s visit is a palpable reminder of the unity of the church throughout the world, which Christians confess in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, “We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church….,” says The Rev. Dr. Winston Persaud, Director of the Center for Global Theologies and Professor of Systematic Theology. “The topic of his public lecture points to the positive role religion and inter-faith cooperation can play in the vital, necessary work of peace-building in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, for the sake of the common good.”

Younan’s public lecture, “The Role of Religion in Peace-building in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict” will be held from 2:30-4:00 April 4, 2018 in Weiblen Commons at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa and is open to the public at no cost. He will also preach in worship at 9:30 am that morning. Questions about his visit to Wartburg Seminary may be directed to Rev. Dr. Winston Persaud.

From Wartburg Seminary, Younan will travel to Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. His schedule there includes a public lecture Thursday, April 5, preaching in chapel, dinner in his honor in Wartburg’s Castle Room, and a public presentation on Friday, April 6. For a full itinerary and to RSVP for the dinner visit Questions about his visit to Wartburg College may be directed to Rev. Ramona Bouzard, Dean of the Chapel.

Wartburg Theological Seminary is one of seven theological schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Wartburg is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and the Higher Learning Commission and educates women and men to serve the church’s mission as ordained and lay leaders. Established in Dubuque, Iowa in 1854, Wartburg Theological Seminary is in its 164th academic year.

Wartburg College is a four-year liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Wartburg College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is dedicated to challenging and nurturing students for lives of leadership and service as a spirited expression of their faith and learning.