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Update -- January 2014

From Don McCoid and Kathryn Lohre

A brief update was offered by Don this month. Kathryn continues on parental leave.

Declaration on the Way

The first meeting will be held during the last week in January. Papers are being drafted now. Each of the three Lutheran members are paired with one of the three Roman Catholic members on the topics of baptism, ministry, and ecclesiology.

Christian Churches Together

The annual meeting of CCT will be held during the first weekend in February.

Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue

The U.S. dialogue team resumes meeting in February.

Board Meeting Highlights

LERN Annual Report

We discussed new questions to incorporate into the current version of the report that all LERN members are asked to complete annually. The form will be available for members to fill out on-line this year. Look for a link to arrive in your inbox soon.

NWCU Planning

Planning for LERN plenaries at the Albuquerque Workshop continues. In addition to an extensive update from Don and Kathryn and an opportunity for members to engage them in conversation about the ecumenical and inter-religious work of the ELCA, we also plan to focus on From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017. Strategies for using this resource locally as a first step toward planning commemoration events will be discussed. Details of other plenary activities, including a joint plenary with EDEIO and UMEIT, are still being crafted.

Lutheran Ecumenist Award

Deadline for nominations is February 1. Candidates will be discussed at the February meeting.

Next meeting: February 28, 2014

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