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PRESIDING BISHOP OF THE ELCA TO ATTEND LUTHERAN HEALTHCARE MISSION WEEK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESIDING BISHOP OF THE ELCA TO ATTEND LUTHERAN HEALTHCARE MISSION WEEK
Living the Mission for 125 Years: Health system's weeklong celebration of its faith-based heritage, values, mission, and ongoing service to the Brooklyn community

February 22, 2008, Brooklyn, New York…Lutheran HealthCare is set to kick off a special 125th anniversary Mission Week series of events on February 25. The week's highlights include a visit by the Rev. Dr. Mark Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and a proclamation presentation by Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn borough president, on Wednesday, February 27.

In 1883, Norwegian Lutheran Deaconess-Nurse, Sister Elisabeth Fedde, created the building blocks for Lutheran HealthCare with the founding of the Norwegian Lutheran Deaconess Home and Hospital, known today as Lutheran Medical Center and overall as Lutheran HealthCare. She died on February 25, 1921, and is commemorated each year on that date by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

Presiding Bishop Hanson was recently featured in the CBS-TV broadcast, "In God's Name," which aired Dec. 23, 2007. Hanson is also president of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), based in Geneva, Switzerland. The LWF has 140 member churches in 78 countries representing more than 61.7 million of the 66 million Lutherans worldwide.

Mission Week Events

Monday, February 25

  • Faith/Health Breakfast for Interfaith Coalition and Community Clergy, 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, February 27

  • Senior Leadership and Board Luncheon with Bishop Hanson, 12 p.m.
  • Dedication of Sister Fedde Portrait and Tapestry, 1:30 p.m. 
  • Living the Mission for 125 Years Celebration with Bishop Hanson providing keynote remarks, 2 p.m. 
  • Lutheran HealthCare Day in Brooklyn with a proclamation presentation by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, 2 p.m.

Friday, February 29

  • "Festspill," a celebration of Norwegian/Lutheran culture, 12 p.m.

Since Lutheran's founding, Brooklyn continues to be a center of immigration and has grown into one of the most culturally, religiously, ethnically and linguistically diverse communities in the world. From the area's early Norwegian immigrants to the latest from Russia, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia, Lutheran remains committed to serving Brooklyn's ever-changing communities. Lutheran has been a leader in providing the latest in culturally competent health care. Recent advances include a dedicated Arabic initiative, and an onsite Chinese medical unit, among others.

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