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2022 ILC World Conference set for Kenya

ONLINE – The International Lutheran Council’s (ILC) 27th (11th) World Conference will take place September 13-16, 2022 in Kenya, hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya (ELCK) and its Archbishop, Joseph Ochola Omolo.

The ILC’s Board of Directors met online on January 28, 2022, during which time they fixed the dates and location for the event.

“It will be a joy to gather again in person in Kenya, and to see old friends and colleagues,” said ILC Chairman Hans Jörg Voigt. “May God grant us a safe and productive conference, as we discuss the important work of confessional Lutheran churches worldwide.”

The conference will gather under the theme “Why We Do What We Do: How Worship Shapes Our Life Today – How Life Today Shapes Our Worship,” considered from biblical, historical, and contemporary perspectives. Additional information on the event will be sent to member churches and guests soon but church leaders are asked to save the date in the meantime. September 12 and 17 should also be set aside as travel days to and from the Conference.

The ILC’s 27th (11th) World Conference had been originally scheduled to take place in 2021 but was postponed as a result of the pandemic.


ILC to postpone World Conference until 2022

Participants in the ILC’s January 18, 2021 online board meeting.

ONLINE – The Board of Directors for the International Lutheran Council met online on January 18, 2021 for regularly scheduled meetings. During this time, the board decided to postpone the upcoming ILC World Conference—which had been tentatively scheduled for September 2021—until 2022.

The decision comes in response to current challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The board considered the possibility of holding the conference online, but recognized disparities in internet access across the world could limit the ability of some members to participate in the conference fully.

The board continues to discuss what impact the delay may mean for other planned events, including the ILC’s 2022 World Seminaries Conference.

The January meeting also saw the board discuss new membership applications to the ILC, emergency relief programming, and international Lutheran theological education.


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