The Palestinian bishop was elected by the LWF Eleventh Assembly at its July 2010 meeting in Stuttgart, Germany. He is the twelfth person to serve in the position of president since LWF’s founding in 1947.
Born in 1950 in Jerusalem, Younan received a master’s degree in theology from the University of Helsinki, Finland, in 1976. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity by Wartburg College, Iowa (USA), in 2001.
Since his ordination in 1976, Younan has served the ELCJHL in various capacities. He was consecrated as bishop in January 1998.
A holder of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency refugee status, Younan is active in interreligious encounters, ecumenism and reconciliation in the Middle East region and internationally. He is co-founder of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme for Palestine and Israel, and has been an active member of the Middle East Council of Churches since 1985.
Before his election as President, Younan had served as a Council member and LWF Vice-President for the Asia region from 2003 to July 2010.
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