The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop and president of the LWF, leads a delegation of ELCA clergy and lay leaders to visit world church leaders in London, Istanbul, Rome and Geneva, February 3–17, 2010.
Mitzi Budde, a member of the 2010 ELCA Ecumenical Journey, Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, with Orthodox Bishop Makarios of Lamsakos, Geneva, and Nikolaos Manginas, a journalist who works with the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Istanbul. All three attended a farewell luncheon for the ELCA delegation in Istanbul Feb. 9.
Dean Holger Milkau, right, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Italy, hosted the ELCA delegation at a dinner Feb. 10. With him are, left, ELCA Presiding Bishop and LWF President Mark Hanson and the Rev. Donald McCoid, center, executive for ELCA Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations.
The ELCA delegation visited the Community of Sant'Egidio, Rome, a Catholic ecumenical community with an international mission of prayer and service to people living in poverty. Claudio Mario Betti, a member of the community, explained its mission to the ELCA delegation.
Claudio Mario Betti explains a mosaic that shows modern saints who dedicated their lives serving people in need. The mosaic is displayed at the Ecumenical Basilica St. Bartholomew on Tiber Island, Rome.
Three members of the ELCA delegation with Bishop Brian Farrell, second from left, secretary, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity -- from left, Deborah Chenoweth, Hood River, Ore., ELCA Church Council; the Rev. Susan Langhauser, Olathe, Kan., ELCA Church Council; and Mitzi Budde, Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, and Lutheran co-chair, Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Committee.
Cardinal Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran, president, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, left, listens as ELCA Presiding Bishop and LWF President Mark Hanson speaks during the ELCA delegation's meeting with Tauran Feb. 12 in Rome.
This icon, a 1964 gift to Pope Paul VI from the Eastern Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch, hangs in the offices of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Cardinal Kasper said the icon depicts the council's work.
Cardinal Giaovanni Re, right, prefect, Congregation for Bishops, The Vatican, addresses the ELCA delegation Feb. 13 in Rome. Immediately to Cardinal Re's right is Bishop Rob Hofstad, ELCA Southwestern Washington Synod.
Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, The Vatican, greets the Rev. Susan Langhauser, Olathe, Kan., ELCA Church Council member, and other members of the ELCA delegation Feb. 13 in Rome.
ELCA Presiding Bishop and LWF President Mark Hanson, left, addresses Cardinal Giovanni Re, prefect of The Vatican's Congregation for Bishops, Feb. 13, in Rome. The two were joined by other members of the ELCA delegation.