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Lusajo Kanyamale, a lawyer, professor and member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, was inspired to think about her role in the church after studying the lives of the women of the Reformation.


Ana Isa Dos Reis, a pastor of the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil, discussed with fellow participants the need for reformation in the Brazilian church with regard to women’s rights.


for new relationships where collective ideas can grow and flourish, staff report. “Because of the ELCA’s extensive network of global relationships,


we are a catalyst to bring women from many countries to the birthplace of the Protestant Reformation to learn Reformation history and reflect on the continuing reformation of the church, especially as seen through the role and participation of women then and now,” said Cindy Halmarson, ELCA director for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. “[These women] continue to support each other in their missions to alleviate suffering, strengthen churches and communities, and grow in their witness to the inbreaking reign of God.” Seminar participants are now imagining a reformation for their


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roles in their churches. “I think today the most important thing that we can do to continue with this reformation is to make sure that the gospel of Christ is spread everywhere to everyone without any kind of discrimination,” Kanyamale said. “Every person should know the love of Christ.” With a newfound Lutheran sisterhood that extends far beyond


the borders of country, culture or socio-economic realities, these international women leaders are back at home but remain united in word, faith and grace.


Learn more about the International Women Leaders program at elca.org/internationalleaders.


Kristen Opalinski is a communications manager for ELCA Mission Advancement.


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