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Zion Lutheran, Anoka, takes second in national ELCA video contest

The winners of the 2011 “What does it mean to live Lutheran?”video contest were announced August 18 at the 2011 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The video contest was featured on, a multi-author blog site that “serves up a daily blend of culture, conversation and community” for ELCA members and friends.
Three awards were given in each of two categories — congregational video and individual video. First- and second-place winners were judged on how well they met the contest criteria. Third-place winners received the most votes from registered users of
Zion Lutheran Church, Anoka, Minnesota, brought home a second place recognition for its video “Zion in Anoka, Minnesota — Living Lutheran.” The second-place prize is a ministry grant of $1,500.
Zion’s entry is “a lighter look at how ‘Martin’ and Zion Lutheran Church, Anoka, Minnesota, take the ‘95 Theses’ into the 21st century — living out the statements of faith in our daily life in the community and the world,” according to the blurb accompanying the video. Zion highlights both its partnership with Sudanese Pastor Mawien Ariik and its presence in the community through a creative “nailing” of individual “theses” on community doors using Post-it notes.
Odyssey Networks was the sponsor of the video contest. To view the winning videos, and all the contest entries, visit

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