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Students explore ecumenical links

Nearly 300 college-aged students from Lutheran churches and campus ministry sites joined 400 other young adults in New Orleans for “Celebrate! At the River: Waters of Faith ... Deltas of Change,” Dec. 28-Jan. 1.

The annual gathering of the Lutheran Student Movement-USA took place in conjunction with the ecumenical student gathering sponsored by the Council for Ecumenical Student Christian Ministry. Participants came from the ELCA, Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, National [Roman] Catholic Student Coalition, and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

LSM-USA held its annual legislative session during the event. Students elected officers and discussed issues affecting members, the organization and the church, including ecumenism, world hunger and the centennial of campus ministry.

The event also included denominational and ecumenical worship, service projects, bus tours of Katrina-devastated areas, musical performances, speakers, a dinner-dance and other social activities.

“The ecumenical gathering brings together students to celebrate across denominational boundaries the ministries that we have in common,” said Rich Zawistoski, ELCA associate director for campus ministry.


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