2023 Youth Retreat in Jordan

Last week, the ELCJHL Youth Ministry, in collaboration with the ELCJHL Gender Justice Ministry مكتب العدالة بين الجنسين, organized and facilitated a week-long youth retreat to Jordan. The theme of this retreat was "One Body, One Spirit, One Hope", which is the LWF's theme for its upcoming global assembly. Youth discussed their role as youth both in their Church, but also in the global Church. The group also participated in a session led by Ms. Shadin Nassar, Program Coordinator to the ELCJHL's Gender Justice Ministry, about gender norms and equality in the Palestinian society, and in the chu...

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ACT Alliance Forum Meeting Held at Church of the Redeemer

Bishop Azar hosted the Act Palestine Forum this morning at the Church of Redeemer in Jerusalem this morning as part of a new ACT Palestine Forum initiative to strengthen the relationship between ACT Alliance partners and local churches for the sake of supporting the indigenous Christian presence here in the Holy Land. Delegates from ACT Church of Sweden, ACT Alliance, DSPR/MECC, DCA/NCA, CMEP, MCC, the ELCA, and the LWF were all in attendance.   Bishop Azar presented the ministry of the ELCJHL, as well as its mission going forward regarding the church’s important role in local e...

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Diaconal Ministry Silent Retreat

A silent retreat is an opportunity to find a space for yourself where you can listen to your own heart. It is an opportunity to hear God speaking to you in silence. Last week, the social workers of the ELCJHL schools gathered for a silent retreat to dive in to some deep reflective and spiritual work. This retreat was organized and facilitated by the Elcjhl Diaconal Ministry and FELM Center Jerusalem, who both greatly assisted in programming and planning for this retreat.After the silent portion of the retreat, participants focused on skill-building, exchanging techniques, and discussing s...

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