Canadian and U.S. Lutherans support a plan to establish a North America desk for the Lutheran World Federation. Currently North America is the only region among the seven LWF regions that doesn't have its own desk.
Earlier proposals to establish such a desk were turned down because North American church leaders said it wasn't needed. Regional desks provide information about the LWF and its 122 member churches to churches in an area of the world as well as supporting projects in the region.
In an interview with the LWF news service, ELCA Presiding Bishop H. George Anderson called the proposed desk "a breakthrough." He said such a regional desk would provide a "two-way channel of communication" and could facilitate the sharing of the gifts of LWF member churches with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in areas such as outreach in mission, renewal in church life and the witness of the church in society. He said it might also make possible new cooperative mission ventures by member churches and related agencies.
The proposal--which came as part of a series of meetings in Toronto preparing North American participants in the July 8-16 LWF Assembly in Hong Kong--didn't specify whether such a desk would be located on this continent or at the Geneva-based LWF headquarters.
Women assembly participants from North America seconded a suggestion by Asian Lutheran women that a global prayer chain be launched. The plan calls for women in all seven LWF regions to offer a daily prayer for the welfare of the LWF Assembly and the people of Hong Kong. The assembly will be held one week after Hong Kong is ceded from Britain to China.
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