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ELCA decides to ‘go glocal’

Conference participants break into small groups to discuss what it means to accompany the vulnerable in mission work. Metro Lutheran photo: Bob Hulteen

For many years the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) held two national Global Mission Events annually, gathering clergy and lay leaders dedicated to global mission to share stories and inspire other interested people. With a commitment to increased access, the ELCA recently restructured and decentralized these events. Eight such events are being held in 2011, including one hosted by Mount Calvary Lutheran Church (ELCA), June 10-11.

The new events are called “Glocal Mission Gatherings.” “The term ‘glocal’ refers to an emphasis on the connection between global mission and local mission,” explained Sunitha Mortha, director of the ELCA Global Formation Program.

“The term ‘glocal’ refers to an emphasis on the connection between global mission and local mission.”

“Often, when we first decide to go to another country, we research as much as we can about that country,” said the Rev. Judith Van Osdol, pastor of El Milagro Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. “In some ways, we should commit to finding out more about ourselves.” Van Osdol believes such self-reflection would lead to a greater sensitivity to ministry needs in one’s own community.

Sunitha Mortha, director of the ELCA Global Formation Program

Stressing a commitment to cultural sensitivity in missional activity, the Rev. Barbara Lund, director of Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality, advocated a commitment to “accompaniment” or walking with people from different cultures.

For more information about Glocal gatherings, email GlobalMissionInfo@elca.org or call 800/638-3522.

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