Congregations from the Allegheny Synod made more than 800 dolls for the boys and girls of Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church. The synod also sent boxes of art supplies and more than $1,000 to support "Pangani House," a ministry for homeless girls.
Mark Edwards Jr., president of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., has been diagnosed with a localized plasmacytoma in one bone-the sacrum. He will undergo further tests to determine the best course of treatment.
Unexplained deformities in frogs were found in more than 100 sites around Minnesota. Since frogs are the "sentinel species," with similar metabolic processes to humans, tissues from deformed frogs have been undergoing chromosomal analysis at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D. So far the results suggest that the abnormalities are developmental rather than genetic.
Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, began last fall's term with an expanded schedule allowing students to complete the Master of Divinity degree by attending Saturday and evening classes and summer intensive courses. The new program permits students to complete course work in five years, without having to attend day classes.
KPLU, a listener-supported, community-sponsored public radio station from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash., has been named Jazz Station of the Year in the National Association of Broadcasters "Marconi Radio Awards" competition. It is the second national award the station received last year.
Second Family, a program of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, received the sixth annual Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. Second Family finds adoptive homes for children whose parents are dying from AIDS.
H. George Anderson, ELCA presiding bishop, and other Christian leaders signed on to an ad for The New York Times insisting that Jerusalem be shared by Israelis and Palestinians and by three religions-Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
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