U.S. Lutheran Bishops To Meet in Mideast

CHICAGO (AP) - The bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America will hold their annual theological retreat in the Mideast,
hoping to boost peace efforts in the region.

The ELCA is sending 59 of its 66 bishops to the area Jan. 6-13, along with five of the six bishops in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. The trip is part of the "Churchwide Strategy for Engagement in Israel and Palestine," which the U.S. denomination adopted in 2005.

The leaders of both churches will travel to Jordan first, then to Jerusalem to join the other bishops. They plan to meet with Jordanian, Israeli and Palestinian leaders from the politicl world, community groups and churches.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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