Former and current Lutheran school students shone at the recent Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, winning at least 19 medals, including nine gold, from a total Australian tally of 46 medals. If Lutheran Education Australia were a country, it would have beaten Canada, Brazil and New Zealand.
After 20 years without a confirmation service, members of St John’s Buccleuch in SA shared the joy as seven youth were confirmed this year. Theirs was not only St John’s first confirmation class for many years but also its first online class, with students attending from a truck to receive a signal.
Earlier this year St John’s Lutheran Church in tiny Buccleuch near Peake on South Australia’s Mallee Highway has held its first confirmation service in nearly 20 years, when seven people were confirmed in their faith.
Over the Easter weekend, my wife and I were guests at an African youth affirmation event and had the privilege of joining hundreds of colourfully dressed and exuberant young people while they encouraged each other – it was full on!
The LCANZ’s new congregational child safety standards will go through a consultation process in April and May. The LCA standards are designed to ensure that the church can meet its regulatory responsibilities in response to an increasingly rigorous child safety landscape.
Last year I had the incredible opportunity to represent the LCA/NZ in the international ‘Like a Tree’ conference run by Mission EineWelt, the partnership, development and mission arm of Germany’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria.