Lutheran World Federation gathering in Stuttgart

By staff writers
July 19, 2010

Lutherans from around the world will meet in Stuttgart, Germany, tomorrow (20 July 2010) for the Eleventh Assembly of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF).

'Give Us Today Our Daily Bread' is the theme of the 20-27 July event hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wuerttemberg.

The Lutheran World Federation comprises 140 member churches in 79 countries, representing more than 70 million Christians across the globe.

After Catholics, Orthodox and Reformed, it is the fourth or fifth largest Christian communion in the world - depending on how Anglican statistics are calculated.

The Anglican church worldwide claims 77-78 million adherents, but since 23 million of these are reckoned to reside in England - where in fact only a million people attend Church of England congregations on a weekly basis - this has been questioned.

An estimated 1,000 people, including 418 delegates from the member churches will participate in the Lutheran World Federation assembly.

Occurring normally every six years, the assembly is the LWF's highest decision-making body.

The Rev Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and LWF president, will preside at the assembly.

Hanson was elected president in 2003. His successor will be elected by assembly delegates. He will report to the assembly, as will the Rev Ishmael Noko, LWF General Secretary, and Peter Stoll, LWF treasurer.

Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and spiritual head of the Anglican Communion, will deliver the keynote address to the assembly on Thursday 22 July 2010.

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