More than 1,200 Lutherans from throughout the United States and Canada took actions Saturday, Sept. 26, that they hope will lead to a reconfiguration of Lutheranism in North America. The Lutherans were in Indianapolis for a Convocation formally organizing the Lutheran Coalition for Renewal (Lutheran CORE). Attendees came from 41 states (including Alaska), Washington, D.C. and three Canadian provinces. One attendee, a Brazilian Lutheran pastor, traveled from Brazil to be at the convocation.
"I believe it is abundantly clear that God is reforming the churches of the Reformation," said Ryan Schwarz of Washington, D.C., a member of the Lutheran CORE Steering Committee. "The question for us is how we will respond to the clear invitation to re-vision Lutheranism.
The Convocation took action to adopt a constitution and to change Lutheran CORE from a Coalition for Reform to a Coalition for Renewal. This action is more than a name change. It is a change in focus from renewing the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to a renewing organization and an alternate church fellowship for Lutherans.
A DVD of the Convocation presentations is available from Lutheran CORE. The text of many of the speeches will be available online at www.lutherancore.org.