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Lutheran World Federation Tenth Assembly

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July 21 - 31, 2003
Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

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ELCIC and the Village Group Themes

During the Assembly, delegates were divided into Village Groups. Each day the village groups addressed a different topic under the Assembly theme, "For the Healing of the World".

ELCIC members were asked to discuss the same topics and return their findings to the national ELW office. All the responses received have been collated and you can read them from the links beside each topic.

The ELCIC delegates greatly appreciate the opportunity to gain a larger idea of the thoughts, hopes and prayers of ELCIC members on these very important topics. For more information, please contact Ruth Vince at rvince@elcic.ca

  1. God's Healing Gift of Justification

    For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law… Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:28; 5:1)
    discussion sheet (.pdf file) | responses

  2. God's Healing Gift of Communion

    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. (2 Corinthians 13:13)
    discussion sheet (.pdf file) | responses

  3. Healing the Divisions Within the One Church

    Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. (1 Corinthians 1:10)
    discussion sheet (.pdf file) | responses

  4. The Mission of the Church in Multi-Faith Contexts

    First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone…that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1–4)
    discussion sheet (.pdf file) | responses

  5. Removing Barriers that Exclude

    But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. (Ephesians 2:13–14)
    discussion sheet (.pdf file) | responses

  6. The Church's Ministry of Healing

    Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. (Luke 9:1–2)
    discussion sheet (.pdf file) | responses

  7. Justice and Healing in Families

    We love because he first loved us. … The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. (1 John 4:19–5:1)
    discussion sheet (.pdf file) | responses

  8. Overcoming Violence

    Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:8–9)
    discussion sheet (.pdf file) | responses

  9. Transforming Economic Globalization

    "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: "You shall love your neighbour as yourself." (Matthew 22:37–39)
    discussion sheet (.pdf file) | responses

  10. Healing Creation

    For the creation waits with eager longing… in hope that [it] will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:19–21)
    discussion sheet (.pdf file) | responses

Other Assembly Theme Resources at the LWF Assembly site

Theme overview

Village Groups overview

Assembly Study Book

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