In 2016 and beyond, as we engage in the ongoing Reformation, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton is inviting the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to participate in an ongoing conversation about our church’s inter-religious calling and commitments. The publication, Engaging Others, Knowing Ourselves: A Lutheran Calling in a Multi-Religious World, is provided as a resource. http://www.lutheranupress.org/Books/Engaging_Others_Knowing_Ourselves
As you know, LEIRN is being called upon to provide leadership in partnership with your bishops and synod leaders in lifting up this resource, and helping our churches and ministries engage with it in their settings. A PDF of the manuscript, which is currently being published, has been sent to all LEIRN members via email. Please do not share this with others; it is intended for your preparation for this leadership. You will receive your complimentary hard copy of the book at the National Workshop on Christian Unity in Louisville in April if you are present, or shortly thereafter by post if you are not.
We invite you to become familiar with the book and with the attached PowerPoint templates, which will be discussed in depth at the annual meeting of LEIRN during the National Workshop. One provides an introduction to the book, including its background, content, and ideas for engaging with the text in a variety of settings. This will be a helpful tool for you or others to provide leadership at synod assembly workshops and other settings where groups are being introduced to the resource as they consider its possible use in their ministry settings. The second provides an in-depth review of the content and discussion questions for each chapter. This will be a helpful tool for groups that are reading the book together. Together with the specific recommendations on pp. 180-185, regarding “Ways to Use this Book,” this second template can be used to develop a thematic and/or multi-session approach. Both PowerPoint templates are also available under the resource tab above.
If you have not already done so, please then reach out to your bishop to make yourself available for leadership of workshops or other educational sessions in 2016 and beyond. Synod Bishops have been kept up to date, and they will be receiving an introduction as well as a hard copy of the book at the Conference of Bishops meeting in early March.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. Our emails are listed below. You can also find a link suitable for sharing with others at http://www.elca.org/en/Faith/Ecumenical-and-Inter-Religious-Relations/Inter-Religious-Relations/Case-Studies This webpage includes the PowerPoint and the link to online ordering through Lutheran University Press. Thank you for participating in this important ELCA-wide conversation. We invite your continued prayers and leadership along the way.
Kathryn M. Lohre
Assistant to the Presiding Bishop and Executive, Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations
Rev. Chris Olkiewicz
President, Lutheran Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Representatives Network