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Lutherans and Catholics gather in Sweden for joint service
On Oct. 31, the 499th anniversary of the Reformation, a joint commemoration service took place in Lund, Sweden, that brought together leaders from both the Catholic and Lutheran faith traditions. During this service, Pope Francis and Cardinal Kurt Koch of the Roman Catholic Church joined in leading the service with Bishop Dr. Munib Younan and the Rev. Dr. Martin Junge, both of The Lutheran World Federation. Read more about this service or watch a recording of it.

‘Let's learn English’
If you were asked to teach English to a group of Hungarian students, how would you go about beginning? Shannon Brice is a Young Adults in Global Mission volunteer in Hungary this year. Part of her placement is helping teach English. Read a recent blog written by Shannon about a project that she worked on to teach the letters of the English alphabet. See some of her drawings (that are well done) of things that begin with the letters of the alphabet.

Constructing churches in Zambia
For members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia, there is great excitement as the church continues to grow and expand. But due to this rapid growth, there are not enough buildings for all the members to worship in. Some congregations must worship outside or in unsafe structures. As part of Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA, we have an opportunity to support the construction of 16 churches in Zambia. Learn more about this and the other 12 Global Ministry Projects or consider supporting these projects.

New missionary in India, the Rev. Gabriele Schroeder
The Rev. Gabriele Schroeder is a new missionary serving in Hyderabad, India, and works at the Henry Martyn Institute. The institute has three primary areas of focus: their academic program, conflict transformation program, and community development program. Read more from Pastor Gabriele about each of these programs and their mission and vision: “Peace as Goal. Justice as Perspective. Reconciliation as Methodology.”

An investment in women's education: the International Women Leaders initiative
Do you know that the ELCA has provided scholarships to more than 1,000 international students since 1987? And do you know that as part of Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA there is the International Women Leaders initiative, which provides scholarships for women? Watch a video that shares the stories of some of the current women who have received scholarships through this initiative. It is said that the best investment a person can make to better society is to support the education of women. Please consider investing in this initiative.

‘Ecumenical Witness on the Eve of the Reformation’
On Oct. 27, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton hosted a webcast and was joined by panelists Martin Marty, Susan Wood and Khadijah Islam. They discussed ecumenical and inter-religious relations on the eve of the 499th anniversary of the Reformation. Consider watching the entire webcast, as the insightful discussion touches on many other topics.

Serve as a Global Mission personnel
Are you passionate about the ministry of the ELCA around the world? Do you have a desire to walk with our companions and be a part of the incredible work happening in partnership with our brothers and sisters in Christ? Do you feel called to serve as a missionary of the ELCA? If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider reviewing the ELCA job board’s list of current global opportunities.

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