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Idea "Made in Italy"
idea to produce pens came from Italy. It is hopes that
these ball points will
win the hearts of Assembly delegates
distributes ballpoint pens – small companies, global players and
also church organizations. So it comes as no surprise that they are
left lying around everywhere and also break easily. Dean Jürgen
Astfalk of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Italy (ELKI) can tell
a quite different story.
the Italian church has ballpoint pens made especially for its synod
members. They are unique in that they have two windows displaying
six short messages. The ballpoint pen has become very popular with
ELKI synod members, Astfalk has observed, and so very few tend to be
thrown away or lost.
about this idea, the LWF Area Secretary for Europe, Rev. Dr Andreas
Wöhle took back a proposal to Geneva that a special pen be
developed for the Tenth Assembly. The Italian church has had 3,000
such pens made for the global LWF gathering in Winnipeg this summer,
with the aim to give each church delegate a pen.
window in the pen’s deep blue surface has six display options—the
Assembly theme, "For the Healing of the World" in four
languages, English, French, German and Spanish; the event and venue;
and date. The Assembly logo is imprinted on a broad, white clasp
just below the base, which like the narrower writing point is gray
that this support from Italy will contribute to communicating the
positive aspects of the Assembly in Winnipeg at congregational
level, and that the delegates will regard it as a pleasant memento
The ELKI has
around 7,000 members, and joined the LWF in 1949.
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