Praying for Peace: Lutheran Leaders Condemn Attacks in Beirut and Paris

Lutheran leaders in the United States and worldwide are condemning the Nov. 12-13 attacks that resulted in loss of lives in Beirut and Paris.

On the evening of the Paris attacks the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), tweeted: “It is night in Paris now – a night of grief, anger, loss. Christ is the light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.”

In a joint statement, the Rev. Munib A. Younan and the Rev. Martin Junge conveyed their condolences “to all people suffering with the loss of the many lives that these attacks have caused.”  Younan is president of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. Junge is LWF general secretary. The LWF a global communion of 144 churches representing more than 70 million Christians in 79 countries. The ELCA is the communion’s only member church from the United States.

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