The Assembly is an invitation to reflect on contextual realities and theological heritage
One Body, One Mind, One Hope: Unveiling the Call to Unity in a Fragmented World
(LWI) – How can the theme of the upcoming Thirteenth Assembly – One Body, One Spirit, One Hope – best be explored in the communion of Lutheran World Federation (LWF) churches? The Assembly’s Thematic Content Reference Group (ARG) met in Geneva from 31 May to 2 June to continue this task.
The ARG includes theologians from all seven regions of the LWF. The meeting was also joined by staff from the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France, and the Communion Office. During the meeting, they developed the framework for the Assembly Study Guide and shared ideas on the methodology for thematic plenaries during the Assembly.
“Our previous online discussions have shown that there are many references, questions and challenges on the subject of the Assembly that invite reflection,” said Professor Jerzy Sojka, member of the ARG. “During our meeting in Geneva, we tried to shape the Study Guide so that it would be a useful tool and resource for Assembly participants in their reflection on what the Assembly theme means in their current context. That is why we have not only reached the sources and resources of our theological thinking, but we have tried to give space to ring out the cries of the present that we face as a communion of churches.
“Our vision is to make interacting with the various aspects of the Assembly theme a hermeneutic walk,” said Reverend Faith Lugazia, Assembly Content Coordinator. “Participants are invited to discover how – as one body and sanctified by the Holy Spirit – we can use the gifts of the Holy Spirit to walk together in solidarity and hope despite the challenges facing the creation of God is facing.”
The Assembly theme – One Body, One Spirit, One Hope – recalls the LWF’s call to unity in the one body of Christ in a fragmented world. The theme refers to Ephesians 4:4: “There is one body and one Spirit, as you were called to the one hope of your vocation.
“We envision the publication of the Assembly Study Guide in early 2023 and hope that it will contribute to fruitful discussion throughout the LWF communion of churches,” Lugazia said.
By LWF/A. Weyermuller
Publication: Presentation of the Thirteenth Assembly and its theme