Saturday, February 6, 2016

"Engaging Others, Knowing Ourselves" resources now available







Dear Lutheran Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Representatives,

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.

In Christ,

Kathryn M. Lohre
Assistant to the Presiding Bishop and Executive, Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations
Kathryn.Lohre@elca.org 

Rev. Chris Olkiewicz
President, Lutheran Ecumenical and  Inter-Religious Representatives Network
revchris@whlc.org

Thursday, February 4, 2016

NWCU registration now open



Join us for the National Workshop on Christian Unity and annual meeting of the Lutheran Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Representatives Network in Louisville, KY -- April 18-21. Registration is now open. A brochure with the full workshop schedule is coming soon. More info at nwcu.org.

Monday, December 21, 2015

An important resource for members of LEIRN

Dear LEIRN Members:

No doubt many of you already have read Presiding Bishop Eaton's open letter to the Muslim American community. Now an additional resource has been compiled by the ELCA Consultative Panel on Lutheran-Muslim Relations and their academic and staff colleagues. The Panel is a group of Lutheran professors and pastors who advise the Presiding Bishop and periodically offer educational resources for this church.

The resource is intended to provide background for understanding terrorism--as well as for responding to the violent reactions and harsh anti-Muslim public speech evoked by recent terrorist attacks. The document and its linked resources draw very clear distinctions between the perpetrators of such attacks and the vast majority of Muslims around the world, including refugees, and certainly including our friends and neighbors in the U.S.A--many of whom are speaking out against these attacks, and doing so from the heart of their Islamic faith.

The document's cover page is designed also to be a stand-alone handout as needed. The remaining pages offer article digests and links to statements from leaders and groups--Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and non-religious. Members of the Panel will plan to send brief updates when appropriate.

Links to this resource document and to Bishop Eaton's letter are now included in the "Other resources" section of this blog. The material is being shared with the Conference of Bishops, seminary deans, and campus pastors.

The LEIRN Board encourages all appointed Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Representatives to be in touch with their bishops in coming days to make sure they have received the Panel resource, to ask if they have any questions about it, and to inquire whether you can be of service in making the resource available to the members of your synod. Now is the time for us to mobilize our resources as a network to mitigate anti-Islamic hate speech and violence in our communities. Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the Panel resource and to commend it to your bishop.

Sincerely,

Chris Olkiewicz
Board President

PS -- As the Panel adds additional resources to the document, updates will be reflected here.

Friday, December 4, 2015

An invitation from Interfaith Partners for Peace

 


Dear Friends,

I've been involved for about a year now with the Interfaith Partners for Peace, which is giving resources and leadership to grass-roots clergy dyads (rabbi & pastor) around the country in studying together and working together on behalf of a two-state resolution of the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict. See the link to our IP4P web page for more information on this.

We are currently recruiting dyads for 2016, including a study trip to Israel and Palestine over 6-15 March 2016 (who wouldn't want to be in Jerusalem for the 5th Sunday in Lent?!). Interested clergy can sign the partnership pledge on the website and the staff at JCPA will contact them about next steps. Or they can send questions through the website or directly to me.

This program is the closest thing I've seen yet to building the kind of interfaith movement that understands and supports the "both-and" approach to Israel and Palestine that I think most moderate American Christians want to see, and for which I believe we have worked hard in our efforts as a panel.

Please share this invitation with anyone you know who might be interested, including yourselves. The trip is not no-cost, but it's heavily subsidized and therefore financially within reach of many of our clergy. And I'll be one of the study leaders on the trip (whichever way that plays for potential recruits!).

Peter Pettit
Muhlenberg College

Monday, November 30, 2015

November Update

Here's the latest from 

Kathryn Lohre - Assistant to the Presiding Bishop, Executive for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations

and 

Kathryn Johnson - Director for ELCA Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations


LWF Conference

Kathryn Lohre participated in an LWF Conference held October 28-November 1 in Windhoek, Namibia titled, “Global Perspectives on the Reformation: Interactions Between Theology, Politics, and Economics.” The conference, held over Reformation day, provided a forum for the member communions to participate together in deep reflection, analysis, and critical thinking about how we understand ourselves and our relationships with others in light of the approaching 500th anniversary of the Reformation, and beyond. The methodology included plenary sessions where fine papers were presented and discussed, daily discussion groups, and thematic workshops. The input from the conference will inform the ongoing processes of existing LWF Consultations, including the one to which Kathryn L. has been appointed on “Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space” – which will present its final work to the LWF Council in June 2016. It will also inform planning for the 2017 Assembly, which will also be held in Windhoek. Kathryn had the opportunity to preach in one of the Lutheran congregations in Katatura, the district where many Blacks were relocated during the Apartheid, which was a special privilege and honor – especially to experience the strong women’s leadership of the pastor and elders, and to hear the music of the four choirs that performed!

More from LWF . . .

Installation of Presiding Bishop Curry

On All Saints Day, The Episcopal Church installed Bishop Michael Curry as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Bishop Donald Kreiss from the Southeast Michigan Synod, co-chair of the Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Committee, represented the ELCA; Kathryn Johnson also attended. With National Bishop Susan Johnson from the ELCiC, this made a noticeable row of Lutheran guests. The service powerfully blended the formal setting and liturgy with Black Church traditions, Native American music, and other elements. The interfaith dimensions were strong and integral. Bishop Curry’s remarkable sermon called on Episcopalians to move forward simultaneously in evangelism and racial reconciliation; it’s worth a look:

episcopalchurch.org . . .

2017 Planning Process

ELCA activities for this anniversary year continue under the guidance of an Executive Planning Team, which met on Reformation Day weekend; Kathryn J was a guest. There is a strong emphasis on facilitating a “menu” for local and regional observances and beginning “pivot projects” which will continue beyond 2017; there are also several important events at the national level. One will be the Grace Gathering, simultaneous with the CWA in August, which will include several workshops with ecumenical or interreligious foci, all directed to 2017. Augsburg Fortress will have available there a resource book, with CD, for planning 2017; this will include a number of ecumenical texts fully or in excerpt (From Conflict to Communion, Declaration on the Way, the common liturgy prepared by the LWF & PCPCU for October 31, 2016, e.g.). Cooperation with LEIRN is explicitly desired to help “renew relationships with other Christians and religious communities.” More at elca.org/500 . . .

Church Council

The November ELCA Church Council meeting saw a number of actions which will have ecumenical implications, notably for theological education. It was also a good opportunity for good conversation with full communion partners. Plenary time was given to hearing ecumenical greetings from our guests: Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller from the Moravian Church in North America, Northern Province; Bishop Sharon Rader from the United Methodist Church; and Rev. Lisa Vander Wal from the Reformed Church in America. They were joined at the “ecumenical dinner” by the Council liaisons: Hans Becklin (to the Moravian Church), Marjorie Ellis (to the UCC), Pr. William Flippin (to the UMC), Pr. Vicki Garber (to the PCUSA), Paul Archer (to the RCA), and Pr. Stephen Herr (to TEC).

NCC Governing Board 

The NCC Executive Committee and Governing Board met in Philadelphia November 16-17. The Executive Committee was hosted by the Presbyterian Historical Society, which houses the archives of the NCC (including a page of the Gutenbeurg Bible!) The Board was hosted by the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Of significance, the Assyrian Church of the East was accepted into membership, and public statements on Keeping Our Elections Free from Hateful Rhetoric and Recent Middle East Violence were adopted. The installation of new officers took place in the evening. The Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was installed as the new chair, succeeding the Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley. This meeting marked the conclusion of Kathryn L.’s six year service as an officer of the NCC. She will continue to serve as the Chair of the Intergenerational Think Tank.

NCC Jewish-Christian Dialogue

The national Jewish-Christian dialogue on pastoral issues (co-sponsored by the NCC and the National Council of Synagogues) met November 18-19 in Philadelphia hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, in partnership with the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia. This was the second annual meeting since the table was reconvened following the October 2012 letter to Congress sent by 14 Christian denominations and the NCC concerning unconditional military aid to Israel. The focus of this year’s meeting was on the global increases in anti-Semitism and anti-Christian persecution. There were presentations, text studies, small groups, and a panel that focused on the responses of local communities to the challenges, and opportunities for collaboration. One of the primary connecting points is our respective communities’ responses to the challenge of Islamophobia. Kathryn L. and Darrell Jodock represented the ELCA. John Hougen (who is part-time staff for the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia and a retired ELCA pastor) led an optional interfaith tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Inter-Religious Workshops (Preparations and Update) 

The publication timeline is moving forward as planned for Engaging Others, Knowing Ourselves: A Lutheran Calling in a Multi-Religious World. Since we last met, Kathryn L. has completed final review of the manuscript. The publication was also brought to the attention of the full Church Council, though some members have been aware for longer, and even some participated in the manuscript review process. The page proofs will be given final review by mid-December, and publication will take place as planned, with the book becoming available in March or early April 2016. In December, Kathryn L. will work with the authors to develop the workshop template and other resources for synod assembly workshops. These will be available before Christmas, and will be shared directly with LEIRN and posted on our website, and also the ELCA500.org website. (LEIRN will also receive a PDF copy of the final page proofs so that you can read the book as you prepare.) At that time we will also schedule a webinar or other opportunity(ies) for LEIRN to participate in training on how to use them, etc. A letter has been drafted from Kathryn L. and Chris O. addressed to LEIRN (see below) which will provide information about the book and the invitation to consider workshops or other educational opportunities in 2016 and beyond.

Declaration on the Way (again)

  1. Formal “launching” of the Declaration was on October 30. If you missed the story, you can read it here . . . Bishop Eaton & Bishop Madden, the Catholic co-chair of the task force, were warm partners in a media opportunity the following week. This resulted in a number of stories, now too many to list (check out the LEIRN Facebook page).
  2. The Church Council unanimously accepted the Statement of Agreements from the DotW and recommended that the CWA “receive the 32 Statements of Agreement, acknowledging that ‘receiving these agreements recognizes that there are no longer church dividing issues with respect to these Statements.’” The importance of LEIRN reps in helping to commend and interpret this Declaration was again underscored.
  3. We will want to talk about the intersection of this process with LWF/PCPCU plans – and how both were lifted up in the visit of Pope Francis to the Lutheran church in Rome. 
  4. We are in conversation with a Lutheran publisher about publication, in partnership with a Catholic press TBA. 




Monday, November 23, 2015

A letter to the network

Dear Lutheran Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Representatives Network,

Greetings to you in this season of Advent. In the spirit of preparation, we are writing to bring to your attention a forthcoming inter-religious resource, and to enlist your help in launching an ELCA-wide conversation on inter-religious relations in 2016 and beyond.

We live and work in an increasingly multi-ethnic and inter-religious context. In our daily encounter with diversity, what are the theological and practical challenges we face? What from our Lutheran tradition is instructive for understanding our inter-religious calling and living out our commitments? In short, what does it mean to be Lutheran in a multi-religious world?

In late 2012, the ELCA Consultative Panels on Lutheran-Jewish and Lutheran-Muslim Relations undertook an inter-religious case studies project to explore these questions. A call for submissions went out inviting real-life cases of inter-religious engagement in ELCA ministry contexts. Over 50 case studies were received and woven together with historical analysis, practical tips, and theological reflection, culminating in a book project that will be published by Lutheran University Press in early spring 2016: Engaging Others, Knowing Ourselves: A Lutheran Calling in a Multi-Religious World.

This book will be a contribution toward the 500th observance of the Reformation, and a resource for ELCA-wide study, dialogue, and reflection. This will serve as a foundation for a process to be led by Presiding Bishop Eaton in the coming years to develop an ELCA vision statement on inter-religious relations, as a compliment to “Ecumenism: The Vision of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America” (1991). At their recent meetings, the ELCA Conference of Bishops and Church Council have been made aware of this project and the longer-term trajectory toward a statement.

At this time, we invite you to provide leadership in your synods and regions in launching this ELCA-wide conversation on inter-religious relations. Over the next few weeks, Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations staff, in partnership with the book’s authors, will be preparing a workshop template based on key questions and ideas in the book. This template will be adaptable for use at synod assemblies, convocations, theological conferences, rostered and lay leader gatherings, and other educational settings in 2016 and beyond. The workshop template and other resources will be sent directly to you, and also to the Conference of Bishops, by year-end. They will also be posted at elca.org/ecumenical, ELCA500.org, and on the LEIRN blog.

In the meantime, we encourage you on behalf of the Office of the Presiding Bishop and the LEIRN Board to contact your synodical bishops and staff, your Synod Assembly Planning Teams, ELCA college and seminary leaders, and others in your synods and regions to make yourself available to lead workshops in 2016 and beyond, or to support this work in other ways.

At the same time, you might also volunteer to support similar work around the Declaration on the Way. We are pleased to report that in October the ELCA Conference of Bishops unanimously affirmed the 32 Statements of Agreement, followed shortly thereafter by a unanimous affirmation of the USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. Earlier this month, the ELCA Church Council accepted the 32 Statements of Agreement, and forwarded them to the Churchwide Assembly:

  • for reception of the 32 Statements of Agreement, acknowledging that “receiving these agreements recognizes that there are no longer church dividing issues with respect to these Statements…” (Declaration on the Way); and 

  • for commending to the ELCA the Declaration on the Way; From Conflict to Communion; and the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification as resources for the common life of the church as we approach 2017 and beyond. 

You will receive more information and resources about this in the coming months. You can download the full text at http://www.elca.org/en/Faith/Ecumenical-and-Inter-Religious-Relations/Bilateral/Declaration-on-the-Way

We give thanks to God for you, and for this network that can be activated to build bridges of Christian unity and inter-religious understanding. Your work in your own contexts, and together across this church, is instrumental for living out our common calling in these complex yet encouraging times. Peace be with you as we prepare for the birth of the One who unites and sustains us as sisters and brothers in Christ, and as children of God with all of our neighbors.

In hope,

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



Engaging Others, Knowing Ourselves: A Lutheran Calling in a Multi-Religious World

Foreword - Elizabeth Eaton
Preface - Esther Menn and Peg Schultz-Akerson 
Introduction - Darrell Jodock
Chapter 1 - Mark Swanson
New Realities, New Thinking Since 1990
Chapter 2 - Carol Schersten LaHurd
Guidelines for Interacting in the Real World
Chapter 3 - Jonathan Brockopp
Exploring the Uncomfortable Questions: The Experience of Inter-Religious Work
Chapter 4 - J. Paul Rajashekar
Our God and Their God: A Relational Theology of Religious Plurality 
Conclusion - Darrell Jodock

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

October Update

Lutheran-Mennonite Staff Meeting

On September 24 Andre Gingerich Stoner, director of interchurch relations for the Mennonite Church USA, came to Chicago to meet with both Kathryns. He had initiated the conversation, wanting to make sure that we would continue to live into the relationship deepened both in the US and internationally by Lutheran actions of repentance concerning persecutions of Anabaptists—and he came full of ideas.

He has been in touch with Indiana-Kentucky synod Bishop Bill Gafkjen about a presence during Indiana-Kentucky’s synod assembly in June; this discussion is ongoing. We also discussed a number of possibilities to live into our ongoing reconciliation (including educational and interpretive efforts); supporting the international tri-lateral dialogue on baptism; and engaging issues of peacemaking. Some of these efforts would require significant planning or seeking outside funding; others are more within our immediate grasp.

The Declaration on the Way…

… continues on its way!

LEIRN board members should have received bound copies, along with an Executive Summary and the action taken by our Conference of Bishops. Their affirmation on October 5 was unanimous, as was the endorsement of the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops the next week. The Declaration was discussed also at a Joint Staff Meeting of the Lutheran World Federation and the Pontifical Council on Promoting Christian Unity in late September; while the implications at international levels are still being worked out, it was clear from their response that the U.S. churches were encouraged to do all they could to promote the Declaration’s dissemination and reception.

This may help you make friends with the printed text:

  1. The Preface (pp. 9-10) gives a structural overview of the document; take a quick look. 
  2. The Introduction (pp. 10-15) provides entry into inspiration and aspiration of the Declaration.
  3. The Statement of Agreements (pp. 16-21) is the heart of the document. These Statements are affirmations on Church, ministry and Eucharist that Lutherans and Catholics have already made together; on the subjects of these Agreements there are not church-dividing issues between us. The Declaration proposes that these Statements be received into the life of our churches.
  4. Then look enough at Section III (the supporting evidence for the Statements on pp. 22-71) and Section IV (some remaining differences on pp. 72-113) to get a feel for what is there.
  5. Finally, read the Conclusion (pp. 114-7)
A number of the bishops were talking about what might be done locally with this text, and you may also have ideas.

North American Four Bishops’ Meeting


In late September, Kathryn L accompanied Bishop Eaton to the annual meeting of the four North American Lutheran, Anglican, and Episcopal National/Presiding Bishops’ meeting, also known as the “four-way.” The meeting took place in Washington DC in the context of Pope Francis’ visit to the US, and his addresses to Congress and the UN. Apart from the business of the meeting, the four way joined in a celebratory dinner in honor of Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori, and participated in an interfaith series of events hosted by the Washington National Cathedral: “Coming Together in Faith on climate.”

During the business meeting, there was significant discussion about lay presidency, in light of the ELCIC’s recent action, and sharing about the paper JALC commissioned paper, “Background and Reflections on the Policy Regarding Authorized Lay Ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.” Online tools for mapping shared ministries were lifted up, including the TEC asset map and the Waterloo Directory. There was sharing about common challenges regarding theological education; and conversation about global trends facing the ACC, as well as the LWF, and their interconnectedness.

As for decisions, there was consensus to begin to take the next steps toward pursuing full communion amongst the Lutheran, Anglican, and Episcopal churches in North America. There was also agreement to develop a common statement on the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities and this is underway. Advent devotions will be developed for 2017, lifting up the LWF theme and subthemes.

NWCU National Planning Meeting


Chris and Kathryn J attended the planning meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, site of next April’s meeting. We chose a theme, “Waking from a Dream of Separateness,” from Thomas Merton’s account of his 1958 experience in Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander. This seemed a suggestive theme for a number of reasons: Thomas Merton’s “Fourth and Walnut experience” was only blocks from the hotel where we will meet; and Merton was raised up again as one of the four Americans mentioned by Pope Francis when he spoke to Congress during his September visit: "Merton was above all a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his time and opened new horizons for souls and for the Church. He was also a man of dialogue, a promoter of peace between peoples and religions.”

Planning continues for the individual plenaries and seminars, but will certainly include a number of sessions focusing on pastoral practice in interfaith settings, on creation care, and on ecumenical practice. There will be a seminar for the Declaration on the Way which will welcome all comers.

LEIRN sessions will include an opportunity to prepare for leadership on the forthcoming publication Engaging Others, Knowing Ourselves: A Lutheran Calling in a Multi-Religious World, which we began to discuss last month. We would appreciate your input on what else might be part of this strategic plan, and how LEIRN might play a role. Thank you!

Parliament of the World’s Religions


The next week, Chris Olkiewicz joined Kathryn L and several other Lutherans in Salt Lake City for the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Our delegation was small, including primarily professors at ELCA colleges and seminaries, but we discovered that there were approximately 50-60 ELCA Lutherans participating overall. Many of our folks offered excellent workshops or participated in panels.

The Parliament is the longest-standing, largest global gathering of its kind. This was the sixth Parliament, the first held in Chicago in 1893. From this point onward, the Parliament will be held every two years, with every other gathering held in the US. Plenaries featured renowned scholars, activists, and religious leaders (such as Karen Armstrong, Jane Goodall, Tariq Ramadan, John Esposito, etc.) focusing on the themes of women’s leadership; emerging leaders; climate change; war, violence, and discrimination; and indigenous peoples. Over 1200 workshops were offered and there was a lively exhibit hall. CADEIEO had a strong presence, including a booth in the exhibit hall! One of the most moving aspects of the Parliament was the free langar meal offered by the Sikh community each day, as part of their service and hospitality. We also enjoyed an evening of sacred music and dance held at the Mormon Tabernacle in Temple Square; our late arrival meant that we were seated where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sits! Overall it was a very interesting experience, by which we were stretched, challenged, and enriched.

Inter-Religious Book Project/Synod Opportunities


This is the week that the final manuscript for the book project is submitted to Lutheran University Press! The working title is: Engaging Others, Knowing Ourselves: A Lutheran Calling in a Multi-Religious World. The book will become available in spring 2016, just in time for NWCU, and synod assembly season.

As we discussed last month, we want to develop a strategic plan for engaging LEIRN in the process of lifting up and encouraging use of this resource next year and beyond. This will be the first step in launching an ELCA-wide conversation about our inter-religious commitments and calling. There is increasing awareness of this project, and of the invitation to consider lifting it up at 2016 synod events, and beyond, as well as enthusiasm from the ecumenical and inter-religious liaison committee of the Conference. But we need more communication about this in order for this to become a reality.

In late November and early December we will turn our attention to developing the powerpoint workshop template and other resources referenced in the flyer. We invite you, and the members of the network, to begin approaching your synod bishops and synod assembly planning teams about the possibility of including a workshop or other educational forum at 2016 assemblies and educational events. I hope to gain permission from the publishers to share with the Board and the Network an electronic version of the manuscript so that you can read it in its entirety as part of your preparations this winter.

Board Highlights


  • The network meeting schedule for NWCU is taking shape. The Workshop overall is trying to accommodate the request from participants for a bit more unscheduled time. This means we may need to deal with somewhat reduced time for network business, and there is not likely to be a joint session with a sister network this year. 
  • UMEIT is developing a session on local ecumenical and interfaith initiatives in the Louisville area to which all NWCU participants will be invited. In a sense, this accomplishes some of the goals of a joint network meeting. 
  • LEIRN time will focus on an update and conversation with ELCA/EIR staff, strategizing around the deployment of the new inter-religious relations book, and elections. Stay tuned for more details as the schedule takes shape. 
  • The means for distributing copies of Declaration on the Way to LEIRN members is currently being discussed. Because of the cost of printed copies, it may need to be as a PDF document. 

Next meeting: November 20, 2015.

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