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Students and staff at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis., have donated more than 2,000 pairs of socks through the school's annual "Sock it to the Homeless" campaign. The socks will be distributed to area shelters for the homeless.

ELCA member Kathleen Segerhammar Hurty, New York, has been named general director of Church Women United effective May 15. Hurty will end her 11-year tenure as the director of the National Council of Churches' Ecumenical Networks this month.

The Fairview Hospital and Health System, Minneapolis-an ELCA social service agency- purchased the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic and merged them into the Fairview system. The two organizations also have approved the future affiliation of the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center with Fairview.

Alton Motter, a veteran ecumenist, has written an 88-page handbook about the ecumenical movement called "Ecumenism 101." An ELCA pastor and former executive director of the Minnesota Council of Churches,Motter answers frequently asked questions about ecumenism. Motter is a synod correspondent for The Lutheran. Copies are $6.95, plus $1.70 shipping, and can be ordered by calling Forward Movement Publications, (800) 543-1813.

What do retired bishops do? Lowell Erdahl, who retired as bishop of the ELCA St. Paul Area Synod last year, has spent some of his retirement inventing the Water Wizard. It's a plastic bottle that hangs on the bottom of a Christmas tree to slowly maintain a water level for the tree. To contact Water Wizard Enterprises Inc. call (612) 647-1830.

Women wait an average of 3.2 months longer than men for their first job as an ordained ELCA pastor, according to a report by the ELCA Commission for Women and the Department for Research and Evaluation. The average wait for women is 6.8 months while men receive a first call in 3.6 months. The study also shows that other variables combined with female gender contribute to a longer waiting period for a first call. These factors include age at ordination (older candidates wait longer and new women pastors are an average of six years older than men) and placing restrictions on the type of call.

Lutheran Social Service of Iowa established a new rural development program, the Lutheran Rural Institute, to support rural people in their spiritual, social, economic, environmental and other needs. A joint effort of the ELCA and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the institute is headquartered at Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa.

More than 1,000 freshmen at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., received Bibles from the American Bible Society at the end of basic training. The project was coordinated by an ELCA chaplain, Capt. Paul Cannon, director of the academy's ministry for basic cadets. The society has been providing Bibles for the nation's military since the Civil War.


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