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A NEWS RELEASE
From National Office of the ELCIC

CELEBRATION SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE FORKS JULY 27, 2003

Winnipeg, July 17, 2003 (ELCIC) -- Celebration Sunday,held in conjunction with the Lutheran World Federation Tenth Assembly this summer, will feature vibrant, young musical talent. Jon Buller, Juno award nominee and well-known local Christian musician and his band will open a concert on Scotiabank Stage at 2:00 p.m. Krystaal, a unique Christian music group from Saskatoon will also share their music and their amazing story of flight from their homeland of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire) and eventual reunion in Canada.

Following the concert, at 3:30 p.m., guests will experience what is being described as "worship theatre". The audience will hold hundreds of international guests as well as local visitors. So many cultures and languages challenged the ecumenical worship team to craft something new. Through the use of drama, simple songs, and congregational participation, differences will be set aside so that all may contemplate the amazing gifts from God, our careless management of them, and the hope that, with God, the land can be healed.

The Forks is one of the loveliest public spaces in Winnipeg and a "must see" for any visitor. This expanse of riverside property in the heart of downtown Winnipeg has been a meeting place for thousands of years. It is the city's most popular gathering place, attracting more than five million visitors each year.

LWF Assembly participants and their local hosts will have time over the dinner hour to visit the The Forks Market, and then will move to Oodena Circle for evening entertainment.

Oodena is an Ojibway word meaning 'the heart of the city". The Circle is a shallow bowl, 60 metres across and 2.5 metres deep. It commemorates the time when people lived in concert with the dynamics of the natural forces around them some 3000 years ago. It is a "sacred place" and the spiritual heart of The Forks, a place in harmony with the solar system, wind, earth and water. Lights in the monoliths surrounding the bowl shine at night creating a light in a pyramid shape and enhance special performances and ceremonies in the bowl below. Oodena is a monument to the cultural and natural forces that have drawn people to The Forks for thousand of years.

It should be a day to remember -- summer sunshine, live music, and ecumenical worship amidst thousands of Christians! More information available at http://www.elcic.ca/lwf/july27.html

Founded in Sweden in 1947, the LWF represents nearly 95 per cent of the world’s 65.4 million Lutherans through 136 member churches in 75 countries. The LWF, headquartered in Geneva, acts on behalf of its members in mission and development work, which involves human rights, international relief and ecumenical matters.

The assembly is the LWF’s ultimate decision-making body. Held every six years, the LWF assembly was last staged in Hong Kong in 1997. The Winnipeg assembly is expected to attract 1400 Lutherans from member churches around the world to worship, celebrate and make decisions about the future direction of the LWF.

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