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Godspeed dedicated

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mamaroneck, N.Y., dedicated a votive ship that hangs from its ceiling. Marvin E. Henk, pastor, had seen many in European churches. Sailors made and gave the votive, or nave ships, as thanks for safe passage, and Henk thought St. John, which overlooks Mamaroneck Harbor and a village with seafar- ing as part of its history, should have one. Member Ron Neilson built the ship called the Godspeed. At its dedication, Henk read from teachings of Gregory the Great: “The church is a ship in which God takes us safely through life from one shore, birth, to the other, death.” Our nave, derived from the Latin word navis means “ship” or “vessel,” Henk said, adding that the ship is a reminder that “the church is a place where we come to find sanctuary, direction and safety for our journey on the seas of life. We come here to be re-centered, renewed, energized and inspired for another week.”

bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, visited South Korea in October for the Lutheran Church in Korea’s Gen- eral Assembly. He met with ecumeni- cal leaders and civic dignitaries in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, which is used by the two Koreas for diplo- matic engagements. “Let us call on the leaders of the world to allow the unity of the Korean people to become a reality,” Younan said. “If it happens here, it will also succeed in Palestine and other parts of the world.”

Earliest draft of KJV

Jeffrey A. Miller, assistant profes- sor of English at Montclair (N.J.) State University, found more than he bargained for while visiting a rare books library at Cambridge (Eng- land) University. Miller acquainted himself with pages of a notebook that had belonged to Samuel Ward, a 17th-century biblical scholar. When he returned home, he discovered the notebook held draft portions of the most enduring English translation of the Bible: the King James Version, which was published in 1611 and named for the newly ascended mon- arch. The draft is the first of the KJV that can be attributed to a particular translator.

12 Walk for water

The ELCA World Hunger “Walk for Water” fundraising challenge of $500,000 has been met. “This is critical progress toward ELCA World Hunger’s commitment to helping communities around the world break the cycle of hunger and poverty,” said Daniel Rift, director for ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal. “In 2015 we’re working toward nearly $21 million of projects and services (of

which more than $5 million includes water- and sanitation-related efforts) helping communities here at home and abroad.”

New editor for RNS

Jerome Socolovsky was appointed editor-in-chief of Religion News Service by its Board of Managers. Socolovsky is an award-winning journalist with many years of religion reporting and editing experience. He previously worked for Voice of America, National Public Radio, the Associated Press and United Press International. He succeeds Kevin Eckstrom, who stepped down in May after 15 years with RNS.

Mandate tested again

More than a year after ruling nar- rowly that companies with religious objections can’t be forced to pay for employees’ contraceptives, the Supreme Court faced a chorus of cries from religious charities, schools and hospitals seeking to get out of the birth control business altogether. The

ELCA pastor opens U.S. Senate in prayer

Kathryn Pocalyco, pastor of Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, North Chesterfield, Va., opens the U.S. Senate in prayer at the invitation of Virginia Sen. Mark Warner. “I believe prayer orients the senators to the higher calling that they have,” she said. “That no matter what their individual beliefs may be they are here to serve something that is greater than what they can see. For a Christian, the prayer orients us to God’s call to service that Christ exemplified.” This wasn’t Pocalyco’s first time on Capitol Hill—as a high school junior she spent a semester as a page.

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