Spontaneous applause interrupted the March ELCA Conference of Bishops gathering only once. It happened during an address by Christian Krause, president of the Lutheran World Federation and retired bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brunswick (Germany).
Alluding to President Bush's State of the Union speech that labeled Iran, Iraq and North Korea "an axis of evil," Krause challenged: "How about calling for an axis of hope, faith and love rather than trying to find out who are the bad guys and who are the good guys?" The bishops' applause was immediate, prolonged and on target.
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