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Nebraska Synod, ELCA: Synod Assembly/Festival 2001
Thanked the Assembly volunteers, planners, Midland College, Synod Council, Bishop deFreese, Assembly Manager Harold Stromer and the entire synod staff
...Bishop David deFreese
will preside at his
first Nebraska Synod Assembly.deFreese
was elected in June 2000.
Registration fees for the Assembly voting members is $20; visitors may attend for $10.Registration fees for Festival 2001 are $35 for adults and $10 for children.Details about meals and housing are contained in registration materials for both Assembly 2001 and Festival 2001 which were mailed in April.Child care for infants and toddlers is available for a fee.There is no youth programming planned during Assembly.
Panel participants will be the Rev. Canon Tim Vann, Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska
, the Rev. Eric Shafer, Executive Director of the ELCA
Department for Communications, and the Rev. David deFreese, Bishop
, Nebraska Synod
"Diversity in the Church: Our Struggle with Homosexuality"
A recent editorial in The Lutheran magazine
was entitled: "Dealing with Tough Issues."It said: "we dare not forget who we are - God's People - as we seek to handle tough issues and have varying opinions. -- Failing this conviction, we listen to each other as competitors seeking victory, not as partners in a search for truth. --The heart of Christian discernment isn't debate - but a prayerful, communal listening to Scripture, tradition and each other. -- We dare not forget who we are - children of God's delight!"
As we seek careful discernment of God's will - in the Spirit of Christ - an information panel will offer insight.
The Rev. David deFreese, Bishop
, Nebraska Synod
has served Nebraska Synod
as its bishop since September 2000.Pastor deFreese served as pastor in three Nebraska congregations and as chaplain at Martin Luther Home in Beatrice and Bethphage Mission in Axtell.Born in Hastings, Nebraska, deFreese is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, and Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.He
was ordained in 1982.He was an exchange pastor in Tanzania in 1999.He served on advisory boards of Campus Lutheran at UN-K , Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska and Bethphage Mission of the Great Plains as well as in many community service organizations.News & Publications
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