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LEIRN meeting agenda

Dear Members of LEIRN and Friends,

It is time to register for the National Workshop on Christian Unity and the annual meeting of the Lutheran Ecumenical and Interreligious Representatives Network. Please go to to complete your registration, where you will also find a full Workshop brochure. Our LEIRN meeting agenda is below. ALL LUTHERAN ECUMENISTS ARE WELCOME, not only network members.

In this special year commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a number of prominent national leaders, including ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, are prepared to engage us in reflection and learning around the theme "Reform, Repent, Reconcile." It is going to be an extraordinary opportunity.

There are a number of possible options to help manage the cost of participation. Small scholarships may be available to help reduce your registration cost. All ELCA seminarians are eligible to receive free registration. If either of those options is of interest to you, contact me at

If you would like to share a room at the Hilton, contact Eileen Heffner at

I look forward to our time together in Minneapolis, May 1-4!

Chris Olkiewicz
LEIRN President

Lutheran Ecumenical and Interreligious Representatives Network
Annual Meeting—Minneapolis, MN
May 1-4, 2017


8:30 a.m. Registration opens

10:00 a.m. Executive Board Meeting

11:30 a.m. LEIRN Newcomers Lunch

If this is your first LEIRN meeting, come to the registration table at 11:30, and the board will take you to lunch.

1:00 - 4:30 LEIRN Session I

ELCA Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations Update

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
Kathryn Lohre, Executive for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations
Kathryn Johnson, Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations

Best Practices

Please be prepared to share a happening from your synod, with a special focus on Reformation commemoration events.

Network Training

Introduction to Executive Board Elections


2:15 - 4:15 LEIRN Session II—Joint Plenary with CADEIO

On October 30, 2016 the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation held an ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation in Lund, Sweden. During the service Pope Francis and LWF President Bishop Munib Younan signed a Joint Statement in which they “call upon Lutheran and Catholic parishes and communities to be bold and creative, joyful and hopeful in their commitment to continue the great journey ahead of us.” How is the Holy Spirit calling us in our local communities to journey together boldly and creatively, with joy and hope? This session will feature personal narratives from the experience in Lund; the reflections of two of our bishops on the implications of the Joint Statement, From Conflict to Communion, and Declaration on the Way for local pastoral practice; an exploration of the canons on reception of communion from Catholic and Lutheran perspectives; and a time for sharing our personal experiences of unity and hopes for a more full communion in the places where we minister.

Presenters: Dr. Rocky Piro, Dr. Kathryn Johnson, Bishop Patricia Lull, Bishop Dennis Madden, Fr. Ron Roberson


10:30 - 11:45 LEIRN Session III

Responding to Anti-Muslim Hatred, Violence, and Bigotry

Catherine Orsborn, Campaign Director, Shoulder to Shoulder: Standing with American Muslims, Upholding American Values

Executive Board Elections (if needed)


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With thanks,

Chris Olkiewicz
Dear Members and Friends of LEIRN:

The National Workshop on Christian Unity fast approaches. During our LEIRN meeting on Monday afternoon we will be reflecting on the significance of the year past during which we commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. You are invited to bring something for show and tell! It might be an image, the worship folder from a local liturgy, the brochure or poster from a lecture or symposium — any physical item from a local event to give us a sense of the breadth and richness of activities from this significant year. If you prefer, you may email me a photo or file prior to the Workshop, and I will incorporate it into a slideshow to be projected during our meeting. Send any items to me at We will also ask you to say a brief word about your event.

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