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Future directions input sought

Dear Members of the Lutheran Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Representatives Network,

As you are likely aware, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been looking toward our future in a process named “Called Forward Together in Christ.” Many of you have no doubt offered feedback about future directions through conversations at your synod assembly or in another setting or by participating in the online survey. The LEIRN board engaged the process in June and offered input on behalf of the network.

A future directions paper that summarizes the input gathered from across the church is now available at http://www.elca.org/future. Two statements in the section entitled “Key Messages From Across This Church” reflect the importance of ecumenical and inter-religious engagement to our self-understanding:

“Ecumenism is at the core of the ELCA’s confessions and beliefs. We are committed to our full communion partners and to dialogue with ecumenical partners locally and globally.”

“We engage in…

July update

Staff update from Kathryn Lohre and Kathryn JohnsonSynod Assemblies In June Kathryn J represented the Churchwide Office at the Southern Ohio Synod assembly. At the Indiana-Kentucky synod assembly, she joined Andre Gingerich Stoner from the Mennonite Church USA to talk about ongoing Lutheran-Anabaptist reconciliation. They were joined by the president of the Mennonite World Conference, who pastors a congregation in Indiana, and a Mennonite choir which sang during the closing worship. After the Assembly Bishop Gafkjen led a group of synod leaders and Mennonites to Menno-Hof, an interpretative center for Anabaptist history, to inaugurate the site of a new exhibit on reconciliations.
Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference Kathryn L. and Bishop Eaton attended the 2016 Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference, “Preparing Global Leaders for a Religiously Diverse World.” Bishop Eaton offered the keynote, underscoring the church’s commitment to inter-religious relations and formation, and …

Celebrating Ecumenism and the Arts in 2017

An invitation from the Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre for Art and Spirituality



Dear Friends, The year 2017 marks an incredible anniversary: the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. In the half millennium that has passed since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door at Wittenberg, the Church universal has evolved from a body painfully divided, to one that together seeks true ecumenism through a host of expressions. The Mount Tabor Centre invites you to join in celebration of the unity that continues to grow in the Church throughReformanda 2017: a three-week exploration of ecumenism, art and architecture in France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy in May 2017. The focus of Reformanda 2017 will be a Symposium on “The Arts and Ecumenism: Theology and the Risk of Artistic Creation,” to be held over three consecutive weekends in Paris, Strasbourg, and Florence, organized by Monsignor Timothy Verdon, Jérôme Cottin and Denis Villepelet.  Monsignor Verdon is a renowned author, art historian (…