The bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia and the Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church lead worship and celebrate the Lord’s Supper together for the first time.
Meeting Sept. 24-27 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, church leaders at the International Lutheran Council World Conference also elect officers and work at long-term strategic planning for the council.
Three Synod leaders participate in summer seminars of the Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church, a new LCMS partner church.
Former LCMS officers and special guests from other church bodies are given special recognition by the convention.
The Rev. Alexey Streltsov, rector of Lutheran Theological Seminary in the Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church, preaches to convention attendees.
According to Rev. Alan Ludwig, “from Siberia just about every direction is south.” Rev. Ludwig teaches at the theological institute of the Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Novosibirsk, Russia, and has been involved in the education there almost from its inaugural year in 1997.