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Annual Meeting Preliminary Agenda

The proposed agenda for the LEIRN annual meeting is below. Anyone is welcome to attend. When we come to any items requiring a vote--board elections, for example--only appointed representatives may vote. Please note:

Board Elections The network may elect up to three new board members this year. We strive to have all regions of the ELCA represented and currently lack board members from Regions 2 and 3. Board members serve a three-year term and are eligible for reelection to a second term. Because of our shortened time for LEIRN business this year, please consider your interest in serving on the board now, and let President Chris Olkiewicz ( know before April 16, if possible. Members from all regions, not just 2 and 3, are eligible.

Annual Report We ask all LEIRN members to complete a brief online report before coming to NWCU. You may access the report at this link -- . If you are not able to come to NWCU, you are encouraged still t…

Register today for NWCU 2018

Register now for the 2018 National Workshop on Christian Unity. The Workshop is the largest gathering of its kind. Presentations and working sessions on more than a dozen current topics and issues - including moving into communion, advocacy, ministry to refugees, confronting racism, civil dialogue. Speakers include several national church body leaders: J. Herbert Nelson (Presbyterian Church USA), Bishop Ken Carter (United Methodist Church), Bishops Denis Madden and Mitchell Rozanski (Roman Catholic Church), Jim Winkler (U.S. National Council of Churches), Alyson Barnett Cowan (Canadian Council of Churches). Lisa Sharon Harper (Evangelical Covenant Church) is the 2018 Theologian-in-Residence. Take the opportunity to engage with others committed to lifting up unity in carrying out Christ's mission.

Excursions available to sites in Washington, DC, including the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Immediately following the Workshop, plan to stay for …

Staff Report to the LEIRN Board

January 2018
…and just like that, 2017 is now in the past. We can see clearly in hindsight how the joint commemoration service and stadium events in Sweden on October 31, 2016 set the stage for a remarkable year of public acts of ecumenical relations, reconciliation, and cooperation globally, and in our local settings. Thank you, LEIRN, for your significant role in all things 2017. You have been instrumental in planning, prodding, supporting, promoting, participating in, and leading various initiatives, events, and long-term efforts. You helped this anniversary to be markedly different, and in doing so you greatly enhanced our church’s ecumenical self-understanding and witness for the future as we seek to walk together with our sisters and brothers in Christ and neighbors on the way to unity, justice, and peace. In Conflict to Communion, we are reminded that, “In view of 2017, the point is not to tell a different history, but to tell that history differently.”…