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Update - October 2013

From Don McCoid and Kathryn Lohre NCC Governing Board The Governing Board met at the churchwide offices September 23-24. The Search Committee for the new GS/President narrowed the pool of candidates. The first day of the meeting was an ecclesiology consultation to explore the role of conciliar life in a rapidly changing ecclesial, ecumenical, and inter-religious context. The second day opened with a prayer service commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, after which the Board conducted its business, including a first reading of the new bylaws. The Board will meet again in November to adopt the new bylaws, to move into the new Governing Board of Heads of Communion, and to elect a new GS/President.
North American Academy of Ecumenists The Academy met at our churchwide offices at the end of September. There are several ELCA persons in leadership. The theme was THE EMERGING FACE OF BEING ONE: Exploring Various Models of Christian Unity. There were very diverse pres…

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NWCU 2014 - Save the date!

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National Workshop on Christian Unity Albuquerque, New Mexico April 28 - May 1, 2014
St. Paul asks, “Has Christ been Divided?”
We’ll discuss this question in workshops, Bible study, and worship together with nationally recognized speakers.

Hanson Report Highlights Ecumenical Initiatives

October 4, 2013 
Hanson delivers final report as ELCA presiding bishop 13-73-MRC
Living Lutheran:

     ITASCA, Ill. (ELCA) -- In his final report to the Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the 4-million-member church, said several initiatives underway in the denomination will have a "significant impact on the future of this church." One such initiative is the ELCA's conversation with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the possibility of the "Declaration in Via" -- declaration on a path to unity.      Meeting here Oct. 3-8, the ELCA Conference of Bishops is an advisory body of the church that includes 65 synod bishops, the presiding bishop and secretary. The Rev. Jessica R. Crist, bishop of the ELCA Montana Synod, chairs the conference.      Hanson told the conference Oct. 4 that a "quiet conversation&q…