ELCT Press Release

Date: June 15, 2007
Press release No. 001/06/2007

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Kobia Visits Arusha
The Secretary General of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr.
Samwel Kobia, will pay a visit to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Tanzania (ELCT) July 1- 3, 2007 at the invitation of the ELCT.

The ELCT Secretary General, Mr. Brighton Killewa, said recently that during
his stay in Arusha, Dr. Kobia will also tour the UN International Criminal
Tribunal for Rwanda (UN-ICTR). ###

ELCT to Hold Extra-ordinary Assembly    
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania will hold an extraordinary
Assembly on July 18, 2007 to elect a new Presiding Bishop to replace Bishop
Dr. Mushemba whose term ended July last year but was extended to July 2007.

It was decided by members of the 17th ELCT Assembly held at Makumira
University College (MUCo) in Arusha that the election of presiding bishop
be postponed for a year following an impasse when neither of two nominees
could garner 2/3 votes as required by the Constitution.

The Assembly theme is based on Revelation 21:5 - "…Behold, I make all
things new…"

June 17th has been earmarked as a special day for all the congregants to
pray for the success of the special assembly that will decide who will be
the next Presiding Bishop of the 3.5 million Lutherans in Tanzania. ###

Lumwe heads Social Services    
Sabina Lumwe heads Social Service Department
Rev. Sabina Lumwe is the new Deputy Secretary General for Social Services
and Women Work in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania replacing
Mrs. Loe Rose Mbise who took an early retirement.

Before joining the ELCT head office Rev. Sabina Lumwe born at Korogwe on 21
July, 1960 was former Principal of Vuga Bible School. ###

Bishop Munga takes over as LMC Chairman    
Bishop Dr. Stephen Munga of ELCT North Eastern Diocese is currently the
Chairman of the Lutheran Mission Cooperation with effect from October 2006
taking over from Bishop Dr. Owwdenburg Moses Mdegella from ELCT Iringa
Diocese who completed his term. ###

FINNIDA Funds School for the Deaf Secondary School    
Njombe School for the Deaf owned by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Tanzania (ELCT) has secured a grant to the tune of Euro 1.5 to construct a
Secondary School for the deaf in Njombe, Iringa region.

ELCT Deputy Secretary General for Finance, Mr. Aminiel Mungure said
recently that the funds were made available through the Finnish Foreign
Ministry. ###

Dr. Anza Lema Biography Out    
The Tumaini University has produced a Kiswahili Biography book of Dr. Anza
Amen Lema. Copies of the book are available at the headoffice of the
University. ###

Story of an Expanding University    
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania launched the Tumaini University
in 1997. It now has three campuses- Makumira University College in Arusha
Region; Iringa University College; Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College
and Tumaini University Dar es Salaam University College. Three more
colleges are planning to become part of the University. The Colleges are:
Sebastian Kolowa University College, Tanga Region; Stefano Moshi Memorial
University College and Mbeya Lutheran Teachers College.

In September 2002, ELCT North-Eastern Diocese decided to open a University
College that will promote Training and Research in different fields. Much
ground work has taken place so that the University College can be opened in
October 2007. The name of the University College is Sebastian Kolowa
University College (SEKUCO). ###

ELCT Health partners meet in Arusha    
Partners from abroad and people who deliver health services in Tanzania met
in Arusha for an annual partners encounter to discuss successes and
challenges facing ELCT health sector.

The meeting took place at the New Safari Hotel attracting 42 participants
from June 4th to 6th, 2007. ##

Issued by:

Elizabeth Lobulu
Communication Coordinator,
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania

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For more information contact:

Elizabeth Lobulu
Communication Desk Officer, ELCT
E-mail: ELobulu@elct.or.tz