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PRESS RELEASE NO. 14
"LWF Presents Itself" in
Colorful Multimedia Presentation
Work of the
Federation Since í97 Hong Kong Assembly Highlighted
Canada, 23 July 2003
- It may have been a relief for delegates and visitors to the Tenth
Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) to turn from
business and theological discussion and be entertained, inspired and
informed by a colorful multimedia presentation highlighting the
Federationís accomplishments since its last Assembly in Hong Kong,
China, six years ago.
group Krystaal warmed up an appreciative audience, who were ready to
clap and sway for a change of pace. Krystaal is comprised of
brothers who escaped from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1989,
spent many years in refugee camps in Kenya believing the others were
dead, and then reunited upon their emigration to Canada. They have
released a CD and perform frequently at public events across Western
The Rev. Dr
Ishmael Noko, LWF General Secretary, introduced the program, which
was narrated by two journalists, Dane, Niels Thure Krarup and Zimbabwean, Diana Mavunduse.
presentation, which featured dancers from many nations, live music,
narration in 12 languages, video and audio clips and group singing,
endeavored to account for what the LWF had accomplished in response
to the mandates handed down at the Hong Kong Assembly.
snapshots of the LWF sponsored activities, actions and programs of
the past six years, including the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine
of Justification, scholarship assistance for theological education
in poorer nations, and the actions of churches to end violence
entertainment and information provided an essential review of the
six years since the Hong Kong Assembly, Pauli Rantanen, Director of
the Office for Finance and Administration, sounded a note for the
future by pointing to the LWF Endowment Fund.
general presentation "LWF Presents Itself," the Tenth Assembly
broke up into interest groups organized around the LWF program and
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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