--Grand View College, Des Moines, Iowa, received $1 million, the largest cash gift in its 100-year history. It was given anonymously and will be used to renovate the college's administration building.
--Now you can "Dial Bishop Anderson," to hear brief recorded messages on various subjects from the ELCA presiding bishop. The message will be changed on the 1st and 15th of every month. The phone number is (773) 380-2930 or (800) 638-3522, E xt. 2930.
--The Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs, Washington, D.C., and the Association of Lutheran Social Ministry Organizations voiced their opposition to a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a balanced budget. The groups said the amendment would make it easier for Congress to cut funding than to raise revenues during a natural disaster or economic downturn.
--ELCA Presiding Bishop H. George Anderson added his name to a list of 36 religious leaders asking Congress to "support campaign finance reform as one of the first acts of the new Congress."
--The papers, photographs and artwork of Fredrik A. Schiotz were donated by his widow, Dagny, to the ELCA Region 3 Archives at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. The gift covers his tenure as president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church from 1954 to 1960 and the American Lutheran Church from 1960 to 1971.
--The second Lutheran Seniors Assembly was held at Shepherd of the Hills, Phoenix, Ariz. More than 350 people participated in Bible study, worship, interest groups and fellowship. Additional groups in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and White Bear Lake, Minn., participated through a satellite teleconference.
--Some 150 people attended a healing service at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, St. Paul, Minn., to pray for the victims of racism, including those who had received hate mail from local resident Elroy Stock. Over the last 20 years, Stock has sent more than 100,000 anonymous, hostile letters to interracial and interfaith couples and their children. The healing service was the idea of James Erlander, pastor of Redeemer, whose family received a letter from Stock last year. In 1988 Stock gave $500,000 to his alma mater, Augsburg College, Minneapolis. Regents who had planned to name a new building's communication wing for Stock changed their minds when they learned of his hate mail.
--Glenda Naegele, pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Ontario, Calif., preached in Spanish at an Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration, historically a Catholic tradition. The ecumenical service took place at the Catholic chapel of the Mar iposa Prison Ministry.
--Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa, is enrolling students at a 170-acre satellite campus owned by Community Church of Joy, Glendale, Ariz. Plans are to recruit 100 adults to attend classes at nights and on weekends and 100 students to attend classes by day. The school will offer a B.A. program in business with majors in finance, management and banking, starting this fall.
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