• The Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest, Austin, Texas, named its new headquarters in honor of Leif Johnson, who donated the land for the new building and served on the foundation's board of trustees for 11 years, five as chairman. He died in 1994.• An Episcopal bishop and a Lutheran bishop participated jointly in an ecumenical ordination ceremony when Betsy Hague was ordained at Christ Episcopal Church in Rockville, Ill. Methodist clergy, who trained Hague, were present to lay hands on the new priest's head. A Jewish cantor read from Hebrew Scripture, and Roman Catholic nuns from the Medical Mission order Hague belonged to in her Catholic days also attended. Hague serves at Washington, D.C.'s Luther Place Memorial Church.
• Jackson Muna and Godfrey Ntekaniwa, teachers from Kisarawe Junior Seminary in Tanzania, have been chosen to be the Northern Great Lakes Synod exchange teachers for 1996. Muna and Ntekaniwa will attend school with their partner teachers, observe English and math and science teachers, learn basic computer skills, participate in church life and speak about their country.
• St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mobile, Ala., hosted Krister Stendahl's visit to speak at the December meeting of the Mobile Bay Area Jewish-Christian Dialogue. Stendahl, who once served as dean of Harvard Divinity School and bishop of Stockholm, Sweden, is co-director of the Osher Center for Tolerance and Pluralism at the Shalom-Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.• Six religious leaders in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, including ELCA bishops David Olson and Mark Hanson, signed a statement calling for a renewed commitment to "rebuild the city" and revive and strengthen the core of the metropolitan region.
• This May families of the more than 1,000 Korean-born children who have been adopted through Lutheran Social Services are invited to attend a two-day reunion in Waukesha, Wis., called "Celebrate Children: A Korean Festival." Families considering adoption and supporters of LSS adoption programs are encouraged to attend.
• Leading a six-person delegation from the Sierra Pacific Synod, Bishop Robert Mattheis pledged continued spiritual, material and monetary support to the Lutheran Church in El Salvador. The delegation visited Salvadoran Bishop Medardo Gomez, leaders of the Women's Pastoral Ministry, students and teachers of the new Salvadoran Lutheran University and many Lutheran congregations.
• "Opening Doors: Making the Church Accessible," is a resource available from the South Carolina Synod. It's designed to increase congregational awareness of architectural barriers to visitors, especially the disabled, and to provide congregations with a format for effectively planning and making improvements.
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