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Day Two of the 23rd European Lutheran Conference Discusses Living in an Ecumenical Context

Sat, May 24, 2014

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Communication and Projects Coordinator for Eurasia, Rick Steenbock, reports on the activities of the second day of the 23rd European Lutheran Conference (ELC).

Conference attendees discuss the topic- “Living in an Ecumenical World." Photo by Rick Steenbock, LCMS Eurasia Communications

Conference attendees discuss the topic-
“Living in an Ecumenical World.” Photo by Rick Steenbock, LCMS Eurasia Communications

May 23, 2014, Bleckmar, Germany-

In a word, Day Two of the European Lutheran Conference was about practices. Following morning devotion and Bible study, once again the focus turned to living in an ecumenical world and how do we as confessional Lutherans “practice” this in day-to-day ministry. The goal of this conference was not only to discuss what it means to live in an ecumenical world but also to discuss and develop guidelines that congregations can use in deciding what is proper and what is not.

Rev. John Ehlers, President,  Evangelical Lutheran Church in England.  Photo by Rick Steenbock, LCMS Eurasia Communications

Rev. John Ehlers, President,
Evangelical Lutheran Church in England. Photo by Rick Steenbock, LCMS Eurasia Communications

Rev. John Ehlers, chairman of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in England (ELCE), presented a paper on how the ELCE has dealt with some of the ecumenical issues over the past decade or so.  He gives a brief overview of his paper here:

The conference then discussed his paper and broke into small groups to discuss all they had heard over the last two days.

A small group meets to discuss practical applications of ecumenical living. Photo by Rick Steenbock, LCMS Eurasia Communications

A small group meets to discuss practical applications of ecumenical living. Photo by Rick Steenbock, LCMS Eurasia Communications

The whole group reconvened to share ideas and opinions. On the last day, they will vote to adopt or decline these recommendations.

Newly elected steering committee (Back left to right) Rev. George Samiec, Rev. Klaus Pahlen, Rev. Leif Jensen (Front) out-going president Rev. Jean Haessig. Photo by Rick Steenbock, LCMS Eurasia Communications

Newly elected steering committee
(Back left to right) Rev. George Samiec, Rev. Klaus Pahlen, Rev. Leif Jensen
(Front) out-going president Rev. Jean Haessig. Photo by Rick Steenbock, LCMS Eurasia Communications

One last piece of business wrapped up the evening.  The steering committee for the 24th European Lutheran Conference was elected. President Rev. Klaus Pahlen of Germany, vice-president Rev. Leif Jensen of Denmark and secretary Rev. George Samiec of England will lead the next conference that convenes in two years.

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