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Hanson visits Tanzania, Kenya

In June, Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop and Lutheran World Federation president, visited Kenya.

There he met with ELCA partners in the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church, as well as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya, which relates to the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

Noting that the ELCA and LCMS, like the two Kenyan Lutheran churches, have theological differences, Hanson said, “We need to have honest conversations about our differences but maintain our diversity.”

Hanson also visited the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania’s Iringa Diocese.

He told 600 people at a congregation in Ilula that Lutherans in the Southern Hemisphere are “teachers and missionaries” for Lutherans in the North because they freely share their faith in Jesus Christ and live out the gospel through services that include an orphanage, a 70-bed hospital in Ilula and Tumaini University.

The church visits occurred prior to a LWF Council meeting in Arusha, Tanzania.


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