This morning’s first session of business opened with a greeting from Rev Albert B Collver, Executive Secretary of the International Lutheran Council (ILC), attending the 19th General Convention of Synod as an international guest.
On Wednesday afternoon LCA department and agency representatives gave short verbal and video presentations on their diverse responsibilities on behalf of the church. Visitors and delegates were able to share the presentations together.
LCA Bishop John Henderson this morning: ‘… “The church is a project to be realised, not an artefact to be preserved.” If we focus on preserving the church as an artefact, it creates stress. We take our eyes off Jesus and fixate instead on some idealised form of the church.’
The relationship between Australian and PNG Lutherans remains ‘alive and active’, almost 140 years after the first Lutheran missionary travelled from Australia to PNG, according to General Convention guest Bishop Jack Urame.