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Annual Meeting Agenda

Lutheran Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Representatives Network2019 Annual Meeting—St. Louis, MO
Monday, April 1
8:30 a.m.Registration opens
10:00 a.m.Executive Board Meeting
11:30 a.m.LEIRN Newcomers Lunch
If this is your first LEIRN meeting, come to the registration table at 11:30, and the board will take you to lunch.
1:00 - 2:30ELCA Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations Update
Kathryn Lohre, Executive for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations Kathryn Johnson, Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations
2:30 - 2:45Break
2:45 - 3:45
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National Workshop on Christian Unity registration now open

It's time to register for the 2019 NWCU in St. Louis. A special room rate is available until March 7. Go to to register now. The agenda for the annual meeting of LEIRN will be posted here by the end of February. See you in St. Louis!

ELCA presiding bishop responds to Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I write to you with a broken heart – for the lives lost, wounded, and shattered by horrific hatred and violence at Tree of Life Congregation this morning. We join our Jewish neighbors and enter into mourning for all that has been lost. In our grief, God is our comfort. "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit" (Psalm 34:18).

From Pittsburgh to Portland, and around the world, Jews are living in fear. Anti-Semitism is on the rise. Public acts of hatred and bigotry against Jews are commonplace. As Christians, and particularly as Lutherans, we deplore and reject this bigotry. "We recognize in anti-Semitism a contradiction and affront to the Gospel, a violation of our hope and calling, and we pledge this church to oppose the deadly working of such bigotry, both within our own circles and in the society around us" (1994 Declaration of the ELCA to the Jewish Community).

We are reminded that hate-filled violence know…

Annual Report

ELCA Churchwide Ecumenical & Inter-Religious Relations Report National Workshop on Christian Unity 2018
The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
We open this annual report with a hearty word of thanks to LEIRN for all that you have done to ensure that the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be remembered for its strong ecumenical and inter-religious witness. The joint commemoration service and stadium events in Sweden on October 31, 2016 set the stage for a remarkable year of visible unity, reconciliation, and cooperation globally, and in our local settings. The momentum certainly continues, but for now we are grateful for this opportunity to reflect with you on all that has taken place, renewing our energy and commitment to journey together with our ecumenical and inter-religious partners on the way to unity, justice, and peace.

Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Assembly Last year we gathered on the eve of the 12th LWF Assembly, which took place in Windhoek, Namibia, under the t…
Dear Members and Friends of LEIRN:

The National Workshop on Christian Unity fast approaches. During our LEIRN meeting on Monday afternoon we will be reflecting on the significance of the year past during which we commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. You are invited to bring something for show and tell! It might be an image, the worship folder from a local liturgy, the brochure or poster from a lecture or symposium — any physical item from a local event to give us a sense of the breadth and richness of activities from this significant year. If you prefer, you may email me a photo or file prior to the Workshop, and I will incorporate it into a slideshow to be projected during our meeting. Send any items to me at We will also ask you to say a brief word about your event.

If you are planning to register for the NWCU, be aware that registration fees and room rates increase after March 23. Act soon to take advantage of these discounts. I hope to see you n…

Annual Meeting Preliminary Agenda

The proposed agenda for the LEIRN annual meeting is below. Anyone is welcome to attend. When we come to any items requiring a vote--board elections, for example--only appointed representatives may vote. Please note:

Board Elections The network may elect up to three new board members this year. We strive to have all regions of the ELCA represented and currently lack board members from Regions 2 and 3. Board members serve a three-year term and are eligible for reelection to a second term. Because of our shortened time for LEIRN business this year, please consider your interest in serving on the board now, and let President Chris Olkiewicz ( know before April 16, if possible. Members from all regions, not just 2 and 3, are eligible.

Annual Report We ask all LEIRN members to complete a brief online report before coming to NWCU. You may access the report at this link -- . If you are not able to come to NWCU, you are encouraged still t…

Register today for NWCU 2018

Register now for the 2018 National Workshop on Christian Unity. The Workshop is the largest gathering of its kind. Presentations and working sessions on more than a dozen current topics and issues - including moving into communion, advocacy, ministry to refugees, confronting racism, civil dialogue. Speakers include several national church body leaders: J. Herbert Nelson (Presbyterian Church USA), Bishop Ken Carter (United Methodist Church), Bishops Denis Madden and Mitchell Rozanski (Roman Catholic Church), Jim Winkler (U.S. National Council of Churches), Alyson Barnett Cowan (Canadian Council of Churches). Lisa Sharon Harper (Evangelical Covenant Church) is the 2018 Theologian-in-Residence. Take the opportunity to engage with others committed to lifting up unity in carrying out Christ's mission.

Excursions available to sites in Washington, DC, including the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Immediately following the Workshop, plan to stay for …