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Canada lets 'Nancy' apply for citizenship

By Joe Isenhower Jr. “Nancy,” the Missouri Synod Lutheran in Montreal who for the last three years has faced the threat of being deported from Canada to Iran, where she could be persecuted or killed for her beliefs, is now…

Pastor: Crash brings out the best in people

By Joe Isenhower Jr. Although a New Year’s Eve van crash in North Carolina took the life of a basketball player at a Centereach, N.Y., Lutheran school and injured others, its aftermath has “brought out the best in people,” says…

Luther exhibit scheduled for stops at LCMS seminaries

A traveling exhibit from Germany with more than 100 copies of items associated with Martin Luther has upcoming engagements on the campuses of the Missouri Synod’s two seminaries. The exhibit, titled “Martin Luther: The Reformer,” features “high-quality facsimiles and copies”…

Outreach Leadership Institute set for July in St. Paul

“Building Blocks for Today’s Great Commission Congregations” is the theme for the fourth annual Outreach Leadership Institute, to be held July 29-31 at Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn. The institute is a training event for those “who have a heart…

12 college fairs set for winter, spring

Twelve Lutheran college fairs are planned this winter and spring at locations around the country.  A fair in Phoenix took place too late for this issue of Reporter. Representatives of the schools — the Synod’s 10 colleges and universities and those…

Art center mounting database of artists

The Center for Liturgical Art at Concordia University, Seward, Neb., is inviting artists whose work has religious themes and is meant for worship settings to submit information for a database of liturgical artists that the center is assembling for its…

LIRS offers book about asylum seekers

“When I got off the plane, I said, ‘My life is going to be protected now.’  Instead I was locked up like a criminal. … I kept saying, ‘This is America?’” Mekabou Fofana, a young man who fled war in…

Black Ministry Convocation set for July in St. Louis

Registrations are now being accepted for the 2004 Black Ministry Family Convocation, July 7-11 at the Millennium Hotel in St. Louis.  Theme of the convocation is “King of Kings.” The convocation brings together LCMS members involved in Black ministry for…

Wheat Ridge announces $400k-plus in grants

Wheat Ridge Ministries of Itasca, Ill., announced that it is awarding more than $400,000 in grants to 15 congregations and to help 12 new projects of other ministries. The congregations include six in the Missouri Synod. Grants totaling $370,000 are…

Alan Gunderman dies; Kansas District exec

Alan D. Gunderman, executive director of educational services for the LCMS Kansas District since 1990, died of a heart attack Dec. 25 at his home in Topeka. The funeral service for Gunderman, 59, was Dec. 30 at Grace Episcopal Cathedral,…

Retired, active missionaries to gather

The Synod’s first-ever missionary-alumni reunion will be held July 8-12 in St. Louis, in conjunction with the Synod convention.  More than 200 people are expected to attend, including active and retired missionaries and long-term volunteer missionaries, past and current LCMS…

LIRS official: Film raises awareness about political asylum

The president of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), Baltimore, says he hopes a film that premiered Jan. 19 on cable television “moves the hearts of Lutherans and other Americans to join us in welcoming those seeking political asylum.” In an LIRS…

LIRS head praises Bush's immigration proposal

Six days after President George W. Bush proposed new immigration policy on Jan. 7, the president of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) said his agency “applauds [Bush] for bringing immigration reform into the center of policy debate.” “As a nation…

Directors, CCM discuss their differences

By David L. Mahsman The Commission on Constitutional Matters (CCM) and representatives of the Synod’s Board of Directors Jan. 5 had what the CCM’s chairman termed an “open and frank discussion” related to recent Board actions. Synod President Gerald Kieschnick…

LIRS head praises Bush's immigration proposal

Six days after President George W. Bush proposed new immigration policy on Jan. 7, the president of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) said his agency “applauds [Bush] for bringing immigration reform into the center of policy debate.” “As a nation…

Clarification

All members of the Synod’s Board of Directors were aware that the Board had decided during the afternoon session to resume their meeting with a previously unscheduled evening session Nov. 21.  It was at that evening session that the Board…