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PRESS RELEASE NO.
Outgoing LWF President Bishop emeritus Christian Krause
Theologian’s Contribution to Communio and Ecumenical Dialogue
2 August 2003 -
With a prolonged applause and standing ovation, participants in the
Tenth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) bid farewell
to Bishop emeritus Dr Christian Krause, whose six-year term as LWF
President officially ended July 31.
Krause was elected to the
LWF’s leading position at the 1997 Ninth Assembly in Hong Kong,
China. He was bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Brunswick, Germany, from 1994 to January 2002.
The newly-elected LWF
President, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Presiding Bishop,
Mark S. Hanson, expressed deep gratitude for Krause’s leadership.
“You have spent your life being an interpreter, interpreting the
Lutheran communion to the world, listening to the voices of the
world and interpreting those voices for us,” Hanson said amid
Of the audiences’s
standing ovation, the ELCA presiding bishop said: “That was our
profound gratitude for your lifelong leadership to the [LWF].” He
noted: “You never lost your grounding as a Lutheran theologian.”
Hanson commended Krause’s
keen leadership of the Luther Center in Wittenberg, describing it as
a calling to make the “Luther Stadt to be a center of lively
dialogue not only exploring our history but envisioning our future.”
Krause is chairperson of the Luther Center in Wittenberg, Germany,
an intellectual and spiritual meeting place founded in 1999 to
promote the local institutions that focus on Luther, and assist
persons interested in the heritage of the Reformation worldwide.
“You have built bridges,
you have spoken with clarity and your convictions as a Lutheran
theologian. You have … known when to challenge us, when to encourage
us, to let us struggle and when to bring us together again,” Hanson
said. He expressed deep gratitude for «this legacy that you give to
me and to the Federation, and to the whole world.”
In his vote of thanks, LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko
commended Krause for keeping “a precise agenda that we have to move
beyond the limits that have been set by history and our confessional
positions.” He commended the outgoing president also for emphasizing
consistently the idea of Eucharistic hospitality with our ecumenical
The outgoing LWF Treasurer Ms Inger J. Wremer thanked Krause for his
ecumenical approach and global perspective, “through which he has
encouraged that we should live and function in a reconciled
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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