God, the giver of life, lays claim on you," ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson reminded participants during opening worship at the Global Mission Event in Milwaukee. This baptismal claim means "God grants us great freedom and profound responsibilities" and that "to look another in the face is to see the image of God."
Participants gathered around the theme "Claimed by God's Grace for the Sake of the World" July 15-18 in Bozeman, Mont., and July 29-Aug. 1 in Milwaukee. (See page 44.) The events urged participants to embrace the world with courage and offered chances to taste, touch, smell, see and hear the treasures of many countries.
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