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From National Office of the ELCIC

LUTHER EXHIBIT TO HIGHLIGHT
LUTHERAN WORLD ASSEMBLY IN WINNIPEG

Winnipeg, June 19, 2003 (ELCIC) -- A rare exhibit of Martin Luther memorabilia will highlight the Tenth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Winnipeg July 21to 31, 2003.

Items on display will feature over 100 books, manuscripts, illustrations, paintings and documents visualizing the life of this amazing man, whom Life magazine in 2000 ranked third among the 100 most influential people of the past millenium.

The exhibit contains the first Bible printed by Johann Gutenberg (the inventor of the printing press), illustrations by the renowned medieval German artist Albrecht Durer, prints by Lucas Cranach, manuscripts by Luther and a letter by his wife. Other items include a replica of Luther’s goblet, as well as paintings of his parents and his closest associates.

This traveling exhibit is appearing in North America for the first time. It is jointly sponsored and organized by the Foundation for Luther Memorial Sites in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany and the Luther Centre in Wittenberg, Germany. For security reasons, the exhibit consists entirely of high-quality facsimiles and copies.

Titled "Martin Luther: The Reformer," the exhibit portrays the fascinating (and very human) life of this spiritual genius, eloquent preacher, brilliant teacher and loving family man.

Born in Germany in 1483, Martin Luther gained world fame as the leading reformer of the Christian church. As a theologian, he helped to renew Western Christianity. As an author, translator and poet, he also reformed the German language in ways that are still noted today. His life is inseparably connected with the Reformation, which was first experienced in Germany, then across Europe and ultimately throughout the entire world. It is rare that one person achieves such an effect in his lifetime and rarer still that his influence is still felt nearly 500 years after his death in
1546.

This display will be open at no charge to the public on the main floor of the Winnipeg Convention Centre July 21 at 6:30 pm and from July 22 to 30 during the LWF Assembly.

A preview of the exhibit will be held for media at the Convention Centre Monday, July 21, 6 p.m. Dr. Cornelia Doermer of the Luther Centre will be present for interviews. People in period costumes will be available for a photo opportunity. Please RSVP to Pastor Tom Lurvey in Winnipeg, phone (204) 661-3947, e-mail tomjlurvey@mts.net..

This is the first time the LWF Assembly, held every six years, has come to Canada. It last occcurred in Hong Kong in 1997. The event this time is hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). Founded in 1947 in Sweden, the LWF has 136 member churches in 75 countries representing nearly 95 per cent of the world’s 65.4 million Lutherans.

For more information on the Luther exhibit , contact Pastor Tom Lurvey in Winnipeg, phone (204) 661-3947, e-mail tomjlurvey@mts.net.

More information is available on the LWF Assembly website at http://www.lwf-assembly.org To apply for media accreditation to the assembly and receive the advance documentation package, contact Janet Bond-Nash, in the Office for Communication Services at jbn@lutheranworld.org.


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