The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, will preach at the opening worship of the Tenth Triennial Gathering Thursday, July 13. Presiding is the Rev. Ann Svennungsen, bishop of the Minneapolis Area Synod.
Following the service, Eaton will participate in a meet and greet with triennial participants. Eaton will also address the Tenth Triennial Convention Thursday morning and install newly elected officers and board members at its closing. (Find more triennial convention news here.) At closing worship on Sunday, July 16, the Rev. Angela Khabeb will preach, and the Rev. Barbara Lund will preside.
Morning and evening prayer will be held at the historical downtown Central Lutheran Church, adjacent to the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Eaton is the presiding bishop of the ELCA, having been elected at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Before becoming synod bishop (ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod) in 2006, Eaton served congregations in Ohio. She earned degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the College of Wooster.
Khabeb is a Lutheran pastor serving at Ascension Church in Waukesha, Wis. A Bridges Scholar, she completed seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago where she won the James Kenneth Echols Prize for Excellence in Preaching. In 2000, she was the first African-American ELCA missionary to Namibia, Africa. While in Namibia, she met and married her husband, Benhi.
Svennungsen was elected February 18, 2012, to a six-year term as bishop by voting members of the Minneapolis Area Synod Assembly. The historic vote made her the first woman to serve as bishop in any of the ELCA’s six Minnesota synods. She has been a leader in congregations and church-related organizations for more than 30 years.
Lund, an ELCA pastor in St. Paul Area Synod, serves as director of Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality, an ecumenical spirituality center supported by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul. Barbara has also served with the ELCA Global Mission Unit in the following positions: director of Asia/Pacific region, director of Global Mission Events and pastor of Tokyo Union Church in Tokyo, Japan.