Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry Luncheon to Feature Bishop Who Once Served in West Africa, Madagascar and Tanzania

Bishop Gonia
A handful of advocacy groups are focusing on human needs in this year's 60-day session of the New Mexico State Legislature.  One of those groups, the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry New Mexico,  hosts a luncheon and issues briefing every year, featuring the bishop of the Rocky Mountain Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA).

This year's luncheon--scheduled for Wednesday,  February 6--features  recently-elected Rocky Mountain Synod Bishop Jim Gonia. An Issues Briefing will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in the morning prior the luncheon. 

Bishop Gonia, who was installed in Denver in September, previously served for 10 years with his wife Kim (also an ordained ELCA pastor) in Madgascar, Tanzania and West Africa for ELCA's Global Mission. "We are a church that rolls up its sleeves and gets to work," Gonia, who served as program director for the region, said in an interview with The Denver Post on Sept. 20.

The luncheon will be held at 12:30 pm in La Terraza at La Fonda Hotel (Old Santa Fe Trail & East San Francisco). Tickets are  $30 per person, but the cost is reduced to $25 when four or more people attend from your congregation or group AND register by Monday, January 28.  The deadline for reservations is Friday, February 1.

If you are only able to attend the morning issues briefing, the cost is $5.

Please make reservations by calling the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry office at 505.984.8005 or sending an email to 

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