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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 182,077 baptized members in 624 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches, and the World Council of Churches.

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Winnipeg, August 31, 2004 (ELCIC) - National Bishop Raymond Schultz, Rev David Pfrimmer, Director of the Lutheran Office of Public Policy and Rev Susan Johnson, Vice President of the ELCIC, travel this week to Geneva, Switzerland. There they will attend the Council of the Lutheran World Federation, Sept 1-7. The theme of this year’s gathering is "Growing Together - Growing Apart."

The 49-member Council is responsible for the business of the Federation between Assemblies, held every six years. The current Council was elected at the July 2003 LWF Tenth Assembly in Winnipeg, and held its first meeting there. It consists of the President, the Treasurer, and both lay and ordained persons drawn from among the 136 LWF member churches. Advisors, observers and guests also attend Council meetings.

A special highlight this year will be the election of the LWF General Secretary scheduled for Wednesday, September 1 in the afternoon. It will take place in closed session.

In plenary sessions, the Council will receive and discuss the Address of the LWF President, Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson; the Report of the LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko; as well as the Report of the Treasurer, Mr. Peter Stoll.

The seven Program Committees will also meet with their own agendas and report back to the Council for discussion and action. Bishop Schultz is a member of the Ecumenical Affairs Committee; Rev Pfrimmer is member of International Affairs and Human Rights Committee. Rev Johnson is advisor to the Theology and Study Committee.

Further major highlights on the Council agenda include priority setting for the Federation's future work; establishment and mandate of a Task Force on Family, Marriage and Human Sexuality; report of the Task Force on Financing Theology and Ecumenism in the LWF; as well as discussion on the new LWF Mission Document.

The LWF Office for Communication Services (OCS) will provide an information service as well as a photo service. Current news will be posted on the LWF Web site under http://www.lutheranworld.org/News/Welcome.EN.html

For further information about the LWF Council, visit http://www.lutheranworld.org/Who_We_Are/LWF-Council.html

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