Munib Younan Biography

(President of the Lutheran World Federation)

Birthday: September 18, 1950 (Virgo)

Born In: Jerusalem

Munib Younan is the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL). He is known for his strong faith and leadership within the Arab Christian community. He was born in Jerusalem only 2 years after the creation of the state of Israel. This was a time of great turmoil among the Palestinian people. Both of his parents were refugees, but Younan did not let this displacement make him bitter. While so many of his peers would tragically join militant rebel groups, he dedicated himself to peace and compassion through spirituality. Although he was an Arab Christian, he had a great relationship with Muslims during his growing years. This is a testament to his charisma and ability to embrace one's ideological differences. This upbringing had a huge influence on his decisions throughout his career. One of his big focuses was to mentor young Arab Christians to embrace a life of non-violence and compassion. He no doubt saved countless young people from losing their lives serving a rebel army. He has spent the latter years of his career holding various important positions, including presidency, of the Lutheran World Federation, which governs over 70 million Christians
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Age: 72 Years, 72 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Suad Yacoub

Spiritual & Religious Leaders Virgo Men

City: Jerusalem, Israel

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education: Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Childhood & Early Life
Munib Younan was born on September 18, 1950 in Jerusalem. Both of his parents were Palestinian refugees displaced by the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.
Although a protestant, Younan had great relationships with Muslims. He played and studied with Muslims in harmony, bonded by the refugee experience.
He completed his schooling at a Lutheran school in Palestine. He aspired to become a pastor upon graduation.
His wish came true when was offered a scholarship to study in Finland at the Luther Opisto College. He studied here from 1969 to 1972.
In 1972, he pursued a graduate degree in Theology at the University of Helsinki. He graduated from the program in 1976.
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In 1976, he was ordained at the Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem. This began a long career within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land.
In 1981, he became involved with the Lutheran World Federation. His first position was as a member of the Youth Committee, which he held until 1984.
He founded the Al-Liqa' Center for Religious studies in Jerusalem in 1982. The center focused on inter-faith harmony and cooperation.
He became an active member of the Middle East Council of Churches in 1985. He has served many roles within the organization and currently serves as the president of the Evangelical Family.
He was named the president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land in 1990. He held this position until 1998.
From 1990 to 1997 he also served as an adviser to the Council of the Lutheran World Federation.
Younan was a busy man from 1997 to 2003. He was a council member, vice-chair of the Lutheran World Federation Program Committee for Mission and Development, and vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Ecumenical Research.
In 2003, he became vice president of the Asian region of the Lutheran World Federation. He also served on the federation's board of trustees and executive council. He held this position until 2010.
In 2004, he became president of the Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches as well. His most significant accomplishment was achieving ordination for women in 2010.
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On July 24, 2010, Younan was elected as the president of the Lutheran World Federation. His responsibilities as president include chair of the board of trustees and executive council.
Major Works
His most significant accomplishment is his pivotal role in securing women's ordination for the Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches. This vote made women eligible to hold the same places of power as men within the churches' hierarchy.
In 2003, he published a book entitled ‘Witnessing for Peace: In Jerusalem and in the World’. It provides a unique perspective on the situation in Israel and Palestine through the lens of Arab Christianity. It brought an international light on this sect of Christianity virtually unknown in the western world.
The completion of the Al-Liqa Center for Religious Studies in Jerusalem was another one of Younan's significant achievements. The center continues to help the diverse spiritual community of the region to live in harmony with one another.
Awards & Achievements
He won the 2001 Finnish Peace Prize from the Finnish Christian Peace Movement.
In 2001, he won the Human Rights Award from the United Nations Association.
He was awarded the Bethanien prize and the Holyland Christian Ecumenical Foundation prize in 2004.
In 2007, he was the recipient of the Templar Peace prize. The following year he won the Mikael Agricola Medallion in Finland.
Personal Life & Legacy
He married Suad Yacoub in 1980. The couple has a son, two daughters, and one grandchild.
Younan studied Theology in the United States in 1998. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity by Wartburg College in Iowa

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