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Lutheran Resource Centers Organize

Date 21 May 1996 15:07:38

News from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
May 21, 1996
The Association of Lutheran Resource Centers (ALRC)
was born when the directors of 25 resource centers of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gathered in Estes
Park, Colo., May 9-13.  The group elected a steering
committee, developed a mission statement and designed a
structure for the new association. The primary goals of the
ALRC are to bring resource services to all ELCA
congregations, provide support and continuing education
to resource center staff and increase the effectiveness of
resource centers as a source of information about
Augsburg Fortress and ELCA programs and materials.
"ELCA resource centers serve as an idea bank for
congregations, sharing ideas among congregations and
providing materials from many Lutheran and ecumenical
sources," said Julie Aageson, Fargo, N.D.  Steering
committee members for the new association are Aageson,
Catherine Fink, Salisbury, N.C.; Joan Peery, Fresno, Cal.;
and Mary Stoltz, Madison, Wis.  The Rev. Theodore W.
Schroeder, director for congregational resource
development in the ELCA's Division for Congregational
Ministries called the organizing effort "the most astonishing
piece of work a group of Lutherans has done in such a
short time." ELCA representatives were part of the
International Ecumenical Resource Center Gathering that
meets biennially and offers continuing education to
resource center networks in five mainline denominations.

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