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Coming Soon: National Workshop on Christian Unity


We hope you already know about and have made plans to attend this years National Workshop on Christian Unity and annual meeting of the Lutheran Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Representatives Network in Charlotte, North Carolina from April 20 through 23. If you have not yet taken a moment to register, please do so soon at www.nwcu.org. Note that the registration deadline is April 1.


Registration for both the Workshop and LEIRN meeting can be accomplished through the website and with a single payment. You will also find there a link for making a room reservation at the Omni Hotel. If you are interested in sharing a room, please email me at revcdo@gmail.com. I am keeping a list of those who have requested roommates and will do my best to get you connected with someone.


If you are a past Workshop participant, you should have received a print brochure a couple of weeks ago. The full Workshop schedule is also available at nwcu.org of course, and the schedule of LEIRN events is below. As you can see, we look forward to updates from ELCA staff, conversation on initiatives to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, an in-depth focus on the inter-religious aspect of our work, and dialogue and learning on many other important topics.


Check back here regularly for updates as we near our time together in Charlotte, and let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you in April!

Chris Olkiewicz -- LEIRN President


Monday, April 20

Registration
Executive Board Meeting
Newcomers Luncheon

If you are new to LEIRN, meet in the hotel lobby at noon and enjoy a welcome lunch with the board. Our treat!


Plenary 1 -- Briefing by ELCA Staff

Kathryn Lohre and Don McCoid review the work of ELCA Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations and engage in conversation with the network.

Marcus Kunz, the ELCA’s Executive for Theological Discernment, will discuss Churchwide initiatives around the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:00 - 11:45 a.m.
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.





2:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Tuesday, April 21

Joint Plenary -- Reform, Reformers, Reformations

Using a study guide to From Conflict to Communion, LEIRN and CADEIO will explore a model for engaging in local conversations about “reformation."
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 22

Plenary 2 -- Shoulder-to-Shoulder Campaign

Campaign Director Catherine Orsborn will share information about the Shoulder-to-Shoulder Campaign and help us consider ways of standing alongside American Muslims in upholding our mutual values of religious freedom and human dignity. You may wish to attend Dr. Orsborn’s Workshop seminar for additional information.

Plenary 3 -- “The Church: Toward a Common Vision”

Cheryl M. Peterson from Trinity Lutheran Seminary will lead us in a discussion of the ELCA response to this World Council of Churches paper. This is a continuation of the panel discussion at Wednesday’s plenary luncheon. (The document is available here . . .)


Network business/elections
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.









4:15 - 5:00 p.m.








5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 23

Executive Board Meeting
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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