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sions President and CEO John G. Kapanke will retire when his term ends Sept. 30.

Kapanke, 66, was the first per-

son appointed to the role after serv- ing 14 years as senior vice president of investments for the Lutheran Church in America, an ELCA pre- decessor. He called the decision to retire difficult, but said he planned to explore nonprofit and commu- nity work. “I have sought to provide strong

leadership for the Board of Pensions so that we may fulfill our mission to enhance the well-being of those who serve the ELCA and carry out God’s work,” Kapanke said. Lois O’Rourke, chair of the board of trustees for the Board of

BOP chief Kapanke to retire in September A

fter nearly a quarter-century at the helm, ELCA Board of Pen-

Pensions, called Kapanke’s lead- ership “effective and thoughtful,” saying it “significantly improved how the Board of Pensions is able to care for the pastors, rostered lay- people, lay employees of the ELCA and employees of other faith-based organizations.” ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson said Kapanke has helped the ELCA make “a strong commit- ment to healthy leaders.” Hanson added, “He has consis- tently worked to provide resources so those called to serve in leader- ship are encouraged and supported in being good stewards of their health.” Trustees have begun a search for a successor. Kapanke has indicated his willingness to serve in the tran- sition time after his term ends.

Muslims to double The U.S. Muslim population is expected to double over the next 20 years, fueled by immigration and higher-than-average fertility rates, according to a report by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. The number of Muslims in the U.S. is pro- jected to rise from 2.6 million, or 0.8 percent of the population, to 6.2 mil- lion, or 1.7 percent, in 2030. That rate of growth would make Muslims about as numerous as Jews in the U.S.

Civility Project disbands The Civility Project, a two-year bipartisan attempt to get politicians and others to respect one another, closed down after only three mem- bers of Congress agreed to its pledge. They were Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I- Conn.; Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C.; and Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va. The project asked people to be civil in public dis- course, respect those with whom they disagree and stand against incivility. Republican Mark DeMoss, who rep- resents prominent evangelical leaders through his Atlanta-based public rela- tions firm, teamed with Democratic consultant Lanny Davis when he launched the project prior to President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

A peaceful

referendum Alice Monday Black, 30 (right), votes in Juba during a refer- endum in Sudan. Black, displaced by war with her family for 18 years, hopes the referendum will lead to freedom, development and jobs in the south. From Jan. 9-15, Black and others living in Sudan and in the diaspora (as far away as Grace Lutheran Church in Omaha, Neb., one polling place) voted by 99 percent to sepa- rate from the north after decades of civil war.


Grief in Florida David E. Imhoff, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Miami, gave the eulogy for two Miami-Dade police officers slain while executing a search warrant. Some 12,000 police officers, families, residents and the state’s gov- ernor attended the Jan. 24 service for Amanda Haworth and Roger Castillo at Miami’s AAA arena. Haworth, a member of Grace, “left a young son who no longer has his mother,” Imhoff said. “Amanda’s family is extremely active. She was a very good police officer and a wonder- ful mother.” In addition to the city’s fundraising work for those bereaved,

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