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LWF's Eugene Brand:

Weaver of an ecumenical map

Eugene Brand leaned back in his chair and reflected on recent ecumenical breakthroughs in Europe. Agreements between Lutherans and Anglicans and between Lutherans and the Reformed have "re-drawn the Christian map," he said. "It's either a marvelously colored fabric or a sticky mess."

Brand sees it as a fabric he helped weave as head of the Lutheran World Federation's department of ecumenical affairs. He also prefers to call it a fabric because he believes in the theological rightness of patching the denominational divisions of the 16th century.


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