The Lutheran World Federation Returns to Lund to Celebrate 60th Anniversary

Over 100 Lutheran Church Leaders Will Join LWF Council

GENEVA, 18 March 2007 (LWI) – The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) returns to the Swedish city of Lund, to celebrate its 60th anniversary at the place where it was founded in 1947.

“Living in Communion in the World Today” is the theme of the 20-27 March LWF Council meeting, which will also include a church leadership consultation.

The 49-member LWF Council governs the LWF between Assemblies, normally held every six years. It meets every 12 to 18 months. The current Council was elected during the July 2003 LWF Tenth Assembly in Winnipeg, Canada. It comprises the President, Treasurer as well as ordained and lay persons from among the 140 LWF member churches. As this year’s meeting includes the anniversary celebrations, over 450 participants are expected, among them 105 Lutheran church leaders.

The consultation between the Council and the worldwide Lutheran leadership will start on Wednesday, 21 March. Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari will address the participants during the 24 March session on the “House of Europe.” Sunday, 25 March, is dedicated to the festive anniversary celebrations, which will take place in the Lund Cathedral and at the Lund University campus.

Talking to Lutheran World Information (LWI) ahead of the Council and Church Leadership Consultation, LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko underlined the importance of the international consultation: “I hope we can continue to build and strengthen Lutheran identity for the sake of the one holy, catholic and apostolic church of which the Lutheran communion is an inseparable part,” he said.

Read the full article at the Lutheran World Federation website.

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