ELCJHL News: Awards and Olive Oil

ELCJHL News: Awards and Olive Oil

October news from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land

On Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014, Bishop Munib Younan was awarded the 2014 Civis Muni Award for Global Citizenship by the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in Waterloo, Canada.  The award is being presented to Bishop Younan for his dedication to bringing peace to the Middle East.  The award is given to those who embody global citizenship and who tirelessly work towards peace, justice, and integrity.  The award is in recognition of Bishop Younan’s efforts through both the ELCJHL and the global Lutheran communion to bring peace based on justice to the Middle East.

It [the award] tells us, ‘Don’t grow tired. Continue your good work to bring peace based on justice, to combat any types of extremism, and to continue to strengthen Christians in this county,”’ Younan said before the event.

Bishop Younan is an international religious leader who has dedicated his life and ministry to building bridges across the borders of separation,” said David Pfrimmer, Principal-Dean of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. “It is an honour for us to be able recognize him and the challenge to follow his example.”

Mabrouk and Congratulations to Bishop Munib Younan on the 2014 Civis Muni Award!

To read more, you can visit the ELCJHL’s website.

The Environmental Education Center (EEC), in collaboration with the Palestinian Environmental Quality Authority and the Faculties of Agricultural Engineering and Veterinary Medicine at Al-Najah University, organized the fourth week for bird ringing and monitoring in Palestine that took place from the 27th to the 31st of October 2014. The week included a number of events at the EEC’s Talitha Kumi ringing station in Beit Jala, as well as a temporary bird ringing and monitoring station established in Tulkarem. A number of international and local groups visited the center to learn about the birds of Palestine and the EEC’s methods of ringing and studying birds.

The official opening of the week occurred on the morning of Tuesday the 28th with a visit by the Head of the Environmental Quality Authority, Ms. Adalah Al-Atteereh, as well as other government groups and NGOs. Dr. Charlie Haddad, Director of Education for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, welcomed the visitors to the center. Visitors toured the EEC’s campus and watched demonstrations of bird ringing. The event culminated with the release of a Long-Legged Buzzard that had suffered a broken wing during the summer and had been rehabilitated by the EEC staff over the last two months.

To read more about the EEC’s Fourth Bird Ringing Week, you can visit the ELCJHL’s website.