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From The Assembly Local Committee for The Tenth Assembly of The Lutheran World Federation


Winnipeg, March 13, 2002 (ELCIC) -- The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has chosen the design of two members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada to represent the theme of the LWF Tenth Assembly which will be held in Winnipeg, July 21-31, 2003. Assemblies, considered milestones for, and manifestations of the whole Federation take place every six or seven years. They hold highest authority over LWF policy and activity.

Regina graphic artists, Erik Norbraten, an art director and graphic artist, and Richard Nostbakken, a teacher at Luther College and an independent artist, developed the logo to express the theme of the Assembly, “For the Healing of the World.” Both artists are well known for their contributions in artwork for national church events and publications.

A March 11 news release from Lutheran World Information (LWI) says: The logo for the LWF Tenth Assembly invites curiosity and comment. It shows a broken landscape-white cracks in earth or mountains-set against a cross on the left and an olive branch with three large leaves on the right. The Assembly theme, "For the Healing of the World," cradles it. The cross implies movement. One of the leaves is leaning over the earth while the others are reaching toward the sky as a sign of creation and healing.

ELCIC National Bishop Raymond Schultz says the Assembly will be an opportunity for the host Lutheran church members' to experience what it means to be part of a global communion of churches.”For the Healing of the World” in the local context "means integrating all these people into one society," Schultz told LWI during a February visit to the LWF Geneva Secretariat.

For information on use of the logo, please contact:

The Lutheran World Federation
Office for Communication Services
P.O. Box 2100
CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
E-mail: info@lutheranworld.org

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