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A NEWS RELEASE
From the Tenth Biennial Convention of the ELCIC

SPECIAL GUESTS TO ATTEND ELCIC TENTH BIENNIAL CONVENTION

Winnipeg, July 19, 2005 (ELCIC)--Several special guests will be welcomed at the ELCIC's Tenth Biennial Convention, this July 21-24. The event, under the theme "In Mission for Others", will be held at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg. Formal proceedings of the convention will take place in the Manitoba Room at University Centre.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson - In 2003, Hanson was elected president of the Lutheran World Federation, a role which he serves concurrently with his role as ELCA presiding bishop. He serves on the executive council on the executive board of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Hanson is author of Faithful Yet Changing: The Church in Challenging Times (Augsburg Fortress Books), published in 2002. Bishop Hanson will attend July 23, 24 and preach at the closing worship, July 24, 9:00 a.m.

Rev Randall Lee is Director of the Department for Ecumenical Affairs for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and assistant to Presiding Bishop. The ELCA Department for Ecumenical Affairs cooperates with partners from the Lutheran World Federation, the World Council of Churches, and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and offers resources and guidance to congregations, synods, and churchwide units in their expressions of Christian unity in the faith and life of the church. Rev. Lee will bring greetings to the convention July 23 at 9:20 a.m.

Archbishop Andrew Hutchison is the 12th primate, or national leader of the Anglican Church of Canada. He was elected June, 2004. One of the crucial aspects of his ministry is the "pastoral relationship" the primate has to the whole of the Anglican Church of Canada. Among the Primate's responsibilities are to serve as president of General Synod, chair of the Council of General Synod and chair of the House of Bishops. The Primate is chief executive officer of the staff of General Synod at the national office in Toronto. The ELCIC is in full communion with the Anglican Church of Canada. (for more information about this relationship see http://www.elcic.ca/ecumenism/luthacc.html) Archbishop Hutchison will bring greetings to the convention July 22 at 9:15 a.m.

Rev Alan Eldrid serves as Pastor-President of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Argentina and Uruguay (IELU). At the time of his election in 2004, he was a homiletics instructor at the Argentine ecumenical seminary and served two congregations on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Rev Eldrid will bring greetings to the convention July 22 at 4:15 p.m. and speak at the Mission in the World lunch at noon that same day.

Ms Kathy Magnus is North American Regional Officer for the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). Regional offices assist LWF member churches within each region to catch the vision of a Lutheran communion. Regional offices are located in Nairobi, Kenya, Bangkok, Thailand, Slovakia, and Chicago, Illinois. http://www.elca.org/lwf/na_regional.html Kathy will present the report from the Lutheran World Federation at 4:00 p.m. July 22.

Ms Betty St. Onge, National President of the Evangelical Lutheran Women, Inc. will present the ELW report at 9:25 a.m. July 23. ELW is a non-profit organization of the ELCIC. It has an office in Winnipeg, where three staff persons are employed producing programs and other materials for the women’s groups across Canada. A National Board oversees the organization. Each of the five Synods or regions of the ELCIC has a Synodical ELW Board which oversees the activities it its area. Events are planned nationally and more frequently regionally to gather women to worship and share with one another. ELW groups are found in ELCIC congregations across Canada.

Ten members of a Youth Assembly will also attend, under the leadership of Rev Richard Schulz and Ms Kelly Speak. Appointees to the Youth Assembly are between 16 and 21 years of age at the time of the convention, and have an interest in the church at large. They also have demonstrated the ability to reflect thoughtfully on issues and the confidence to communicate their thoughts and opinions with the Youth Assembly and the Convention.These young members of the ELCIC will have voice in all sessions as well as opportunity for dialogue with ELCIC leaders, convention speakers, and other guests. At 3:30 p.m. on July 23 they will address the convention.


Information specific to the convention is available on the ELCIC website:
http://www.elcic.ca/convention/2005/index.html

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