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Noko's apple tree

Taking a seed of an idea from Martin Luther — who reputedly said he'd plant an apple tree today even if he knew the world would end tomorrow — Ishmael Noko, retiring Lutheran World Federation general secretary, planted an apple tree Oct. 29 outside LWF headquarters in Geneva.

Noko, a Zimbabwean theologian, called it "a sign of hope."

His ecumenical colleagues have called Noko one of the most influential leaders of the ecumenical movement.


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