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Ecumenical hospitality

For 15 weary ELCA travelers, a March 11-30 trip to Europe was more than simply an ecumenical visit. The hosts taught the visitors about hospitality — theirs was as warm and inviting as the ever-present candles and flowers at dinners and in meeting rooms.

Excited about this historic visit, the first official ELCA ecumenical trip to Nordic and German Lutheran churches, the hosts created itineraries designed for mutual learning. They planned worship services, visits to congregations, trips to historic and social ministry sites, and meetings to share resources. The ELCA visitors, sometimes exhausted by the pace, maintained an enthusiasm that built with each experience.


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