Friday, June 26, 2009

Bible Study No. 2: Munib A. Younan

I rarely weep during bible studies. But I came pretty close this morning

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Munib A. Younan
, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land gave an impassioned bible study on being a religious minority in a politically volatile land. He says that Canadian Lutherans are also a religious minority, which means we can learn from each other. I think he’s right. But I think we can learn more than we can teach.

He was talking about “Signs of Hope” (the convention theme) where he’s serving. He shared about reaching out to his Jewish and Muslim neighbours, building bridges between the faiths, for the sake of the world. He calls it a “miracle” that they were able to achieve such positive, life-giving relationships between the faith groups.

The significance of Jerusalem: religion should be the driving force for justice. The path of forgiveness is the path to peace [in the middle east].” He said a journalist asked him if he was “optimistic or pessimistic” about peace in the middle east. He said he was neither optimistic nor pessimistic, but because of the risen Christ, he has hope.

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