In welcoming remarks, ECACP Presiding Bishop Jerzy Samiec noted that his church has been preparing for the Assembly for well over a year by praying for and discovering more about each one of the 150 churches that make up the global communion of Lutheran churches. “We are happy to have representatives of each of them in Krakow,” he said. “We want to build true communion in Christ, one that is filled with love, respect and understanding.”
Second Assembly in Central Eastern European region
Greeting participants on behalf of the mayor and the city of Kraków, deputy mayor Anna Korfel-Jazinska said it is “a great honor for Krakow” to host the LWF’s Thirteenth Assembly, especially since it is “only the second-ever meeting of the highest decision-making body in Central and Eastern Europe and almost forty years have passed since the previous one,” held in Budapest in 1984. She noted that the ECACP, one of the LWF’s founding members, “has a special significance for our city,” while the Lutheran parish in Krakow, founded in the 1550s, is located “in the heart of the historic metropolis, on the Royal Route.”
In response, LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Anne Burghardt thanked both the civic authorities and the local church for their enthusiastic welcome. Throughout preparations for the Assembly by the ECACP, she said, “we have experienced your warm hospitality and eagerness to welcome guests from the global communion, recalling the Biblical instruction not to neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that, some have entertained angels without knowing it.”
Be messengers to each other, sharing stories of joys, struggles and hope.
Rev. Dr Anne Burghardt, LWF General Secretary