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PRESS RELEASE NO. 01
City of Winnipeg Hoists
Flag to Honor
LWF Tenth Assembly
Mayor Lillian Thomas
Commends Lutherans’ Efforts toward Social Justice.
WINNIPEG, Canada, 21 July 2003 - A
symbolic flag raised against the backdrop of a bright and sunny
mid-morning sky marked a significant process of the Tenth Assembly of the
Lutheran Word Federation (LWF) in Winnipeg, Canada.
The flag bears the logo “For the Healing of the World,” which is the
theme of the ten-day Assembly attracting LWF delegates and visitors
from around the world. It will fly in front of the Winnipeg
Convention Centre while the conference is in session July 21 to 31.
In hoisting the flag, Winnipeg Deputy Mayor Lillian Thomas paid
honor to Lutherans for their efforts to ensure social justice, peace
and charity as a tenet of their faith.
“You have been an example of the Good Samaritan in living with
compassion for each other in word and deed,” Thomas said.
“Your theme ‘For the Healing of the World’ is, I believe, not only
the theme of this conference but the embodiment of your mission.”
This is the first time that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Canada is hosting an LWF Assembly, held normally every six years,
and the second time in North America.
The LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko, thanked Winnipeg
for hosting the Assembly and contributing toward the theme of the
“As we raise this flag, we understand that this city of Winnipeg
would like to say to the world, we are going to contribute toward
the healing of the world,” Noko said.
The Tenth Assembly of the Lutheran World
Federation (LWF) is taking place 21-31 July 2003 in Winnipeg,
Canada, under the theme "For the Healing of the World." It is being
hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).
There are around 820 men, women and youth participants in the Tenth
Assembly including 380 delegates from the
133 churches with full
membership and three associate members. The Assembly is the highest
decision-making body of the LWF, and meets normally every six years.
Between Assemblies, the LWF is governed by its Council that meets
annually, and by its Executive Committee.
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