First feminine Palestinian pastor ordained within the Holy Land | Information


Sally Azar will head the English-speaking congregation on the Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem.

Sally Azar has develop into the primary feminine Palestinian pastor within the Holy Land after she was ordained in a Lutheran Church ceremony in Jerusalem.

Azar will head the English-speaking congregation on the Church of the Redeemer, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) mentioned.

Her ordination on Sunday was held earlier than a packed crowd contained in the church in occupied east Jerusalem’s Previous Metropolis.

“The ceremony of ordination is an honour. The prospect to be ordained as a lady in my church is an added honour. I’m comfortable to be part of historical past and gender fairness in my church. It’s thrilling, however there’s some uncertainty, as nicely. I don’t count on this to be a simple street,” Azar advised The Lutheran World Federation final week forward of her ordination.

In 2018, Azar graduated from the Close to East College of Theology in Lebanon earlier than heading to Germany the place she studied Intercultural Theology on the College of Gottingen.

“I shall be assigned to the ELCJHL English-speaking congregation in Jerusalem. I will even be liable for bridging the Arabic-speaking congregation with the English-speaking congregation and dealing with the youth, which is vital to me,” she added.

Azar can also be a council member of the Lutheran World Federation.


The occupied West Financial institution and the Gaza Strip had been residence to about 47,000 Christians as of 2017, based on the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. Most Palestinian Christians belong to denominations that don’t enable feminine clergy.

A really small minority belong to Protestant congregations which have girls as ministers.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church says it has roughly 3,000 adherents in Jerusalem, the West Financial institution and Jordan.

Azar shall be certainly one of 5 ordained girls within the Center East, becoming a member of one in Syria and three in Lebanon, based on the Center East Council of Church buildings.

Sally Azar, centre, is applauded by clergy after her ordination as the primary feminine pastor within the Holy Land, within the Previous Metropolis of Jerusalem [Maya Alleruzzo/AP]


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