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The Lutheran Church of Nigeria is holding its Biennial Synod Convention from Wednesday, January 6, 2016, to Sunday, January 10, 2016 in Obot Idim. The 2016 Convention marks the 80th anniversary of The Lutheran Church of Nigeria, founded in 1936 by LCMS Missionaries. The Convention theme: Christ Lives in Me, For Life Together based upon Colossians 1:27. Approximately 6,000 people attended the convention.
A focus of the convention is on the funding and development of the Lutheran University Nigeria Project. The Lutheran University would have a huge effect on the Lutheran Church of Nigeria. In Uyo, there are at least two other universities. Education is very important and desired in Africa. Bishop Paul Fynn of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana operates a university of 8,000 students. The potential for a Lutheran University in Nigeria is huge.
The convention begins at 6 AM and finishes around midnight. There are generous breaks during the day for rest and protection from the high temperatures, which is projected to be 108 F (or 44 C) today. More on the convention in the coming days.
The convention schedule follows.
Convention Schedule January 6-7
Convention Schedule January 7-8
Convention Schedule January 8-9
Convention Schedule January 9
— Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver, Director of Church Relations
23 August 2015
Several news items from Africa this past week in Ghana, Nigeria, and Tanzania.
GHANA AND THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF GHANA
Last Sunday, 16 August 2015, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana (ELCG) held a conference on same sex marriage and homosexuality in Africa. The conference was broadcast on Ghana Television (GTV). Below is a clip from the conference with an interview with Dr. Paul Kofi Fynn and Dr. Albert B. Collver. (The video can be seen on YouTube at https://youtu.be/UdTJQrEg63I)
NIGERIA and the Lutheran Church of Nigeria
The Lutheran Church of Nigeria (LCN) has a synod theme called, “Christ Lives in Me.” The theme is tripartite: “Christ Lives in Me for Witness”; “Christ Lives in Me for Mercy”; “Christ Lives in Me for Life Together.”
The chorus of the theme song:
Christ Lives in Me
he lives in Me
Christ lives in me
He has given us the grace
He has given us the grace to rule the world
He has given us the grace to overcome the world
He lives in me
Christ lives in me
Christ lives in me for witness
Christ lives in me for works of mercy
Christ lives in me for life together
The song can be listened to at: https://soundcloud.com/collverab3/christ-lives-in-me-lcn
TANZANIA — Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania Elects New Presiding Bishop
This past week (16 August 2015) the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT) elected a anew presiding bishop, Frederic Shoo.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT) is the second largest Lutheran church in the world with about 6 million members after the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY), which has about 8 million members. The Missouri Synod is not in altar and pulpit fellowship with the ELCT, however, the Missouri Synod does have friendly relations with some of the bishops in the ELCT.
Presiding Bishop Frederick Shoo is known as the “tree bishop” due to the large amount of trees he and his North Diocese have planted to help preserve the glaciers on top of Mount Kilimanjaro. PBS did an interview with Bishop Frederick Shoo a few years ago here: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2012/07/13/july-13-2012-kilimanjaro-trees/11790/#
— Rev. Albert B. Collver, Ph.D., Director of Church Relations
The Lutheran Church of Nigeria held a deaconess conference with the LCMS on the theme, “Deaconesses in Mission.” Approximately 200 women attended.
The women were very eager to join the conference.
Deaconess Grace Rao spoke about the role of women in the church.
Dr. Collver reflected on the Lutheran Church of Nigeria’s Theme, “Christ Lives in Me,” and used the Gospel of Mark to describe the Christ that lives in you, while tying it to mercy works.
Dr. David Erber assisted with the conference.
Nigeria in the rainy season.