This week was the first week in which my congregation prayed for Presidents Gerald Kieschnick and Matthew Harrison according to their new status. While the installation of new officers isn’t until this weekend, terms began on September 1. So this past week was the first week for President Harrison in office. Pastor Rossow already wrote a bit about what the transition was like and I hope to keep you updated on the news — or meaning behind the news — in the new administration.
If you haven’t already seen it, President Harrison’s assistant — the Rev. Albert Collver — has a blog with pictures of the new offices as well as an update that begins:
One of the goals of President Harrison is to have regular theological forums at the International Center. You Pastors remember the feeling of leaving the seminary, enmeshed in study, and eager to get out into the “real world.” Well, once you are in the “real world,” it is all too easy to become so busy that even reading the Bible, let alone the Book of Concord, Walther’s Law and Gospel, Luther, et al., can become quite the challenge. When you are a step further removed from preaching and administrating the Sacrament every Sunday, it can even be more challenging to take time to study. To help keep us sharp, President Harrison plans to have regular theological forums at the International Center. This afternoon was our first ad-hoc forum. In the future, we hope to be able to ask you to study and read along with us. Stay tuned.
What a fantastic — and important — idea. I hope these go well.
More pictures of the changes are available at the Rev. Paul McCain’s blog here.
In completely unimportant news, I’ve completed my travel arrangements to attend the installation this weekend. I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes — even though I’m sure you’ll watch online. Let me know if you’ll be there or have any special requests!