Porvoo Church Primates’ Meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland, 20-22 OCTOBER 2015COMMUNIQUÉ
In the context of the crisis in the Middle East, Europe is facing one of its greatest challenges since World War II.
The Primates and Presiding Bishops of the Porvoo Communion of Churches met in Edinburgh for their regular biennial meeting, and reflected with urgency and compassion on current geo-political and social challenges as well as ways to further strengthen their relationships and work together towards building a confident and missional Church in an increasingly secular and pluralistic Europe.
On a daily basis people risk their lives to cross the Mediterranean sea; people walk long distances to cross into Europe because they do not have any other choice; also in parts of Europe, for example, houses have been set alight, so that refugees do not find a home; and there is a rising anxiety in some parts of Europe that democracy is being eroded by intimidation towards strangers seeking refuge and security
The Primates and Presiding Bishops were unanimous in reiterating that we should not stand back and remain silent, but must both speak and act, remembering the words of Jesus; ” For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matt. 25:35). They were also unanimous in their concern and prayers for Christians and other minority groups threatened by extinction in the Middle East.[...]
Porvoo Communion of Churches
Thoughts on commemorating and scattering seeds
Rev. Pauls Barbins
LELCA sends letter to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Archbishop Lauma Zusevics heading to EuropeOn May 8, 2015 Archbishop Lauma Zusevics, together with Dean Andris Abakuks and his wife, Ruta, will commemorate Latvia's role in leading the European Union.
On May 9 she will head to Rofant, England, to take part in that country's Synodal meeting. They expect members from Ireland will also to take part. On Sunday, she will say the sermon in the Mother's day service, which will also include a mini-sermon for the children.
LATVIAN EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH ABROAD HAS A NEW ARCHBISHOP
In a moving and powerful service on April 19, 2015, LELBAL consecrated it's first female Archbishop - Lauma Zusevics. Mt. Zion Church in Wauwatosa was filled to capacity, with close to 500 worshippers witnessing the historic event.
The service started with an organ prelude with the rev. Dr. Anita Gaide at the church's magnificent organ, followed by a rousing trumpet solo expertly blown by Dr. Benjamin Alle, and accompanied by Ernests Brusubardis III.[...]
New Archbishop Lauma Zusevica
Archbishop Elmārs Ernst Rozītis in the November 3rd LELBĀL Executive meeting announced that the Board had unanimously voted to confer on Bishop Elect Lauma Zušēvica the title of „archbishop”. Archbishop Zušēvica is the first woman in the history of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad to hold that honor.
The installation ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI.
Dean Gunārs Lazdiņš - new president of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaOn October 25, 2014 members attending the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Synod in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, voted Dean Gunārs Lazdiņš as their new president. For the past 9 years, the position was held by Dean Lauma Zušēvics, who was recently elected as the Bishop of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad.
Dean Lauma Zušēvics voted in as the new Bishop of Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad.
The Bishop Voting Committee announced on October 15, 2014 that Dean Lauma Zušēvica received the majority of the votes. 205 ballots were sent out and the response rate was 95%.
Dean Zušēvica received 140 votes. Dean Andris Abakums received 35 votes and Dean. Fritz kristbergs received 19 votes. One returned vote was invalid. Votes came in from 10 countries – U.S.A., Australia, Belgium, New Zealand, Kanada, Russia, Latvia, Great Britain, Germany and Sweden.