LWF Executive Committee meets online in exceptional circumstances

Photo:LWF/Albin Hillert
Photo:LWF/Albin Hillert

Governing body to take necessary action delegated by Council

(LWI) – An exceptional online meeting of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Executive Committee is taking place, 10 - 16 June. Chaired by LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, the governing body will take necessary action delegated by the Council, which canceled its 2020 meeting in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At its video conference, the committee, which also serves as the LWF Board of Trustees, will hold shorter sessions spread throughout five days to ensure participation of its members in the different world regions.

The annual gathering of the LWF Council was scheduled for the same period in Abuja, Nigeria, and would have been jointly hosted by The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria and The Lutheran Church of Nigeria.

The Executive Committee’s agenda includes a report of the LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge, an update on finances, and approval of the audited consolidated financial statements for 2019. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on LWF’s member churches, the communion’s witness, journey and service, and the implications for the Communion Office which supports this work, will also be discussed.

The committee will also receive the first report of the Assembly Planning Committee (APC), following two meetings held since it was appointed in June 2019. Chaired by Presiding Bishop Dr Tamás Fabiny (Hungary), the APC is responsible for setting the ground for the Thirteenth Assembly of the LWF, which will take place in 2023 in Poland.

The LWF Council delegated specific items for action to the Executive Committee in view of the ongoing institutional process of the LWF and compliance with formal requirements emanating from Swiss law and the LWF constitution.

The Executive Committee oversees the proper functioning of the LWF between Council meetings, and normally convenes twice a year. Chaired by LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa from Nigeria, its members include the seven regional Vice-Presidents, chairpersons of the Finance Committee, Committee for World Service and the specified Committees. Members of the Communion Office Leadership Team also attend its meetings.

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