From Don McCoid and Kathryn Lohre
Lutheran-Moravian Coordinating Committee
The Lutheran-Moravian Coordinating Committee met July 27-29 at the Laurel Ridge Moravian Camp and Retreat Center in Laurel Springs, North Carolina, under the gracious hospitality of the Southern Province. The Committee’s key accomplishments were:
- Launching a Facebook page and blog, lutheranmoravian.wordpress.com.
- Identifying several stories of shared ministries to lift up (on the blog and elsewhere) as examples and encouragement to our churches.
- Engaging in a strategic planning process based on the intersection of the committee’s constituencies and responsibilities.
- Developing an initial model for formation and missional engagement between Lutheran and Moravian rostered and lay leaders in places where our churches are strongly present, starting with a convening in 2016 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that will be held in conjunction with the Committee’s annual meeting.
- Lifting up the 15th anniversary of our full communion partnership and looking toward the future to discern where the next 15 years might lead us together as we follow the Shepherd.
Ecumenical and Inter-Religious partners and resources have been added to ELCA500.org.
Declaration on the Way
Because if the importance of the DOTW, we will try to keep you updated about reception progress. The International Commission reviewed the declaration and offered some points; however, they did not believe they were the body that could receive it.
The LWF and Vatican (Pontifical Council) staffs will meet at the end of September. This will be on the agenda. The PCPCU has been most receptive to the DOTW. In October, the DOTW will be shared with the Conference of Bishops and in November with the Church Council. When the document receives some further edits, the LEIRN board and network will receive a copy. Don will continue to provide staffing to this project as a gift of continued service beyond his retirement on August 31, 2015; Kathryn Johnson will continue her work on this project as an author.
Farewell and Godspeed
Don, we love you and will miss you! Thank you for your remarkable leadership and service in ELCA’s Ecumenical & Inter-Religious Relations. Your passion for Christian unity and your commitment to inter-religious understanding and cooperation are contagious. Blessings to you and your family as you transition into retirement.
- President Chris Olkiewicz will represent LEIRN at the National Planning Committee meeting in October in Louisville, KY, site of the 2016 NWCU (April 18-21).
- Past-President Rocky Piro, in his role as National Chair of the 2017 NWCU, updated us on pre-planning work already underway for that Workshop. The Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis has been secured as the venue. Local leaders are very energized. Invitations to local and national dignitaries will be going out soon. Commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be a big emphasis of the 2017 Workshop.
- The board will continue to discuss network vacancies at the next meeting to be held on September 18 at 9:30 a.m. Central.