LWR to host first study-tour reunion

Lutheran World Relief (LWR), Baltimore, is inviting all past LWR study tour participants to attend the first-ever LWR Study Tour Reunion, Oct. 24-26 aindia1.gift the Heartwood Retreat Center in Trego, Wis.

Under the theme “LWR Asks: Are You Willing?,” the reunion will offer study-tour alumni opportunities to reconnect with fellow tour participants, talk with LWR staff, learn what’s new at LWR, and attend LWR-related workshops.

Workshop topics include:

  • “LWR at Work: Regional Updates,” an overview of LWR’s work worldwide.

  • “After the Reunion: Being an Ambassador for LWR,” a how-to guide for representing LWR in your congregation, campus, and community.

  • “LWR and Fair Trade: An Overview,” a description of what “Fair Trade” is, how it works, and who benefits.

  • “LWR’s Fair Trade Projects: Where to Begin, Where to Go,” ideas for starting a Fair Trade project in your congregation.

  • “Change Begins with You (and LWR),” a description of “advocacy” and how to get involved in conflict resolution in other countries.

  • “From You to Timbuktu: Where your Lutheran World Relief Quilts and Kits Go in the World,” an update on how LWR quilts and health kits are distributed and how they are touching lives.

  • “LWR’s Battle Against Diseases of Poverty,” information on LWR’s work in the fight against “preventable” diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis.
  • Also during the reunion, LWR President and CEO John Nunes will deliver a keynote address at a dinner with LWR staff and study-tour alumni.

    Three “pre-reunion” book discussions will be held from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 on Bitter Grounds, by Sandra Benitez; God Grew Tired of Us, by John Bul Dau with Michael Sweeney; and The Bottom Billion, by Paul Collier.

    Cost of the three-day reunion — including lodging, meals, and materials — varies from $159.33 to $298.83 per person, depending on choice of accommodations.  Registration forms are available online at www.lwr.org/study.  Deadline for registrations is July 30.

    Several LWR study tours are scheduled for India, West Africa, Nicaragua, Colombia, and the Philippines over the next year.  The one- to two-week experiences focus on issues such as HIV/AIDS, food security, peace building, Fair Trade, and healthcare.  To read about them, click here.

    For more information about study tours or the study-tour reunion, visit the Web site above or contact Rebecca Lange-Thernes at (410) 230-2737 or rthernes@lwr.org.

    Posted July 10, 2008

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