The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Pioneer in church policy dies

Edward May, 92, an ELCA pastor and first director of the Office for World Community, died Dec. 13.

As director during the 1970s and 1980s, May was responsible for relations with the U.N. and advocating for human rights, economic justice and political freedom globally on behalf of the former Lutheran World Ministries and the ELCA's predecessors — the American Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church in America and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (the Lutheran Office for World Community now works on behalf of the ELCA and the Lutheran World Federation).

During his 11-year tenure, May focused his efforts on advancing the cause of Namibia's independence. He was instrumental in raising awareness of and creating church policies against the apartheid governments of Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa.


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