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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, November 2, 2004 (ELCIC)--Ruth Vince will represent the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCIC) at an international, ecumenical study later this week.

In her dual role of Executive Director of the Evangelical Lutheran Women (ELW) and Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Regional Coordinator for Women in Church and Society, Ruth hopes to "hear more of how other denominations value their women as an integral part of the church."

The study process entitled Women’s Voices and Visions on Being Church was launched as a follow-up to the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) Ecumenical Decade of the Churches in Solidarity with Women.

The objectives of the process have been to encourage women in local and regional church groups to reflect on ways the church is life-giving for them as well as the ways that it is a source of pain, violence and exclusion. More details can be read at http://www.wcc-coe.org/wcc/what/jpc/women.html

A WCC international steering board has met annually since 2001 and there have been a series of regional meetings (Asia, Latin America, and Africa). Ruth will attend the final, North American, meeting in Stony Point, New York, November 4-7, 2004.

Ruth will be one of only three Lutherans and three Canadians at the study. The Canadian group - Ruth, Norah McMurtry of the United Church and Wendy Fletcher of the Anglican Church, has been invited to prepare and lead worship on Sunday November 7th.

While she expects to learn much by listening, Ruth is also confident that the ELCIC has a lot to offer the ecumenical community. "We have many years of experience to share with regards to women's ministry, both lay and ordained."

Ruth hopes to "bring back a vision in solidarity with women around the world for the future of the church."

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