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A NEWS RELEASE
From National Office of the ELCIC

GENERAL SECRETARY OF WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
TO VISIT WINNIPEG

Winnipeg, September 14, 2004 (ELCIC) -- Living out its strategic direction of "sharing our energy and gifts as a church to reenergize the ecumenical movement in Canada and internationally", the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) will host the Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) on a Canadian visit beginning Thursday, September 30.

Dr. Kobia will lecture at Eckhardt Grammate Hall, the University of Winnipeg at 10 am where he will address some of the pressures on ecumenism and challenges of inter-faith work, talk about the reconfiguration discussions presently underway and point towards some possible future directions.

"Ecumenism in the 21st Century" is free and open to the public. Following the lecture there will be ample time for conversation with the audience. Eckhardt Grammate Hall is on the 3rd floor of Centennial Hall, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave.

In the afternoon, Dr. Kobia will spend time at Thunderbird House with representatives of the First Nations Community of Winnipeg. This will be hosted by the Very Rev. Stan McKay, Speaker of the All Native Circle Conference and former Moderator of the United Church of Canada, and the Rev. Canon Murray Still, Diocese of Rupert's Land, Anglican Church of Canada.

Dr. Kobia is an ordained minister in the Methodist Church in Kenya. He was, from1999-2002, the director of the WCC Cluster on "Issues and Themes" and in 2003, director and special representative for Africa. He has served as General Secretary of the World Council of Churches since January 2004.

A photo and biography of Rev. Dr. Kobia is available upon request from bfast@elcic.ca


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