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LWF Assembly Participants Invited to Visit US, Canadian Ministries
"Frank Imhoff" <FRANKI@elca.org>
Fri, 31 Jan 2003 15:01:12 -0600
DENVER, Colorado, United States of America/GENEVA, 31 January 2003
(LWI) - North American Lutherans will welcome participants
attending the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Tenth Assembly this
mid-year to 47 church ministry sites in the USA and Canada. The
visits for participants from all over the world will take place
before and after the Assembly.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), host church of
the LWF Assembly, is planning pre-Assembly visits to 11 sites July
15-20. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) plans
visits to 36 different ministries August 1-10. Some participants
who stay longer will be able to visit the ELCA Churchwide Assembly
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 11-17.
"We are so excited about what this can mean for our churches and
the gifts we will receive," said Kathy J. Magnus, LWF Regional
Officer for North America, Chicago, Illinois. Planners from the
churches and the LWF have been developing the visitation program
for 18 months, she said.
The program will allow visitors to learn about social ministry,
outdoor ministry, government policy advocacy, urban and rural
ministries, ministry with people living in poverty, environmental
stewardship, theological education, women in leadership, ministry
among native people, maritime ministry, border/bilingual
ministries and more.
Most who will visit the sites will have registered before the end
of January, and assignments will be made beginning in late
February, Magnus said. However, planners in North America will
accept registration forms through mid-April, based on space
Because of the Assembly and visitation program, the ELCA will not
have Global Mission Events (GME) this summer, Magnus said.
Normally, the ELCA hosts two GMEs each summer, which highlight the
church's ministries throughout the world with speakers, worship
Information about the visitation program, including descriptions
of the sites, is available at
http://www.lwf-assembly.org/visitation.html on the LWF Assembly
(The LWF is a global communion of Christian churches in the
Lutheran tradition. Founded in 1947 in Lund (Sweden), the LWF now
has 136 member churches in 76 countries representing over 61.7
million of the 65.4 million Lutherans worldwide. The LWF acts on
behalf of its member churches in areas of common interest such as
ecumenical relations, theology, humanitarian assistance, human
rights, communication, and the various aspects of mission and
development work. Its secretariat is located in Geneva,
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