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Word Alone Board Update

Abstract: Highlights of the recent Word Alone board meeting.

Word Alone President Jaynan Clark Egland reports that the Fall meeting of the Word Alone Network board took place at St. Timothy Lutheran in San Jose, CA. In addition to its regularly scheduled business, the board had the opportunity to meet with representatives of the Fellowship of Confessional Lutherans (FOCL) to discuss the future of the "confessional movement" among Lutherans in North America.
Among the highlights:

  • Word Alone's first book, By What Authority? is scheduled to be in print in 2008.
  • The autumn theological event is scheduled for Nov. 11-13 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake, Minn., and the theme is "Discerning the Spirits". (We are particularly intrigued by the title of Dr. Mickey Matox's keynote presentation "You Shall See My Back Side": Lessons from Luther on Discerning the Spirit(s).)
  • The board voted to grant complete and immediate autonomy to the Word Alone Theological Institute in order to help with the efforts to gain accreditation and to broaden their base of support as a pan-Lutheran entity.
  • Word Alone plans to prepare a response to the draft social statement on sexuality in 2008.
  • A letter will be sent to the international Lutheran churches of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) sharing concerns not only for the ELCA specifically but also for the global Lutheran witness.
  • A plan to undertake an extensive poll of the "people in the pews" in North American Lutheran and other Protestant churches on the issues facing the Christian church today.
  • (Vol. II, i November 1, 2007 )

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