National Lutheran News

North American Lutheran Church, Lutheran CORE plan successive events at Calvary, Golden Valley

Once again the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) and Lutheran CORE have scheduled a national convention, a theological conference, and a convocation successively, making it easy for interested clergy and lay leaders to attend all three. Calvary Lutheran Church (independent), Golden Valley, Minnesota, will host these events August 14-17.

Last summer, delegates gathered to elect a bishop, marking its first leadership transition. The Rev. John Bradosky was chosen to succeed Bishop Paull Spring, the church body’s first elected leader.

In 2011, the North American Lutheran Church convention opened in worship, not knowing who its next bishop would be. Photo provided by David Baer

“The most significant … item of business is probably consideration of membership in the Lutheran World Federation (LWF),” explained the Rev. David Baer, the communications director for NALC.

The NALC executive council approved a resolution concerning an application for membership in the LWF at its May 9 meeting. If approved by the convocation in Golden Valley, two-thirds of its congregations must approve the proposal by December 31, 2012. Then, the application will be considered by the LWF.

The NALC’s constituting documents had included language about participation in Lutheran, ecumenical, and interreligious organizations. A vote on LWF membership had been anticipated from the NALC’s inception.

The Lutheran World Federation is a communion of Christian churches in the Lutheran tradition, representing 145 church bodies in 79 countries.

The African-majority NALC congregations have a special interest in LWF participation. Most of the world’s Lutherans are represented in LWF.

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