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When he says he has “the fantastic task” of being


the first person to field inquiries from all around the world and walk with postulants in their first steps, his gentle, joyful voice is convincing. “They’re really seeking an experience of God


as opposed to just an idea about God. Ideas about God are important, theology is great, but it can only go as far as it’s supposed to ...,” he said. “A lived experience is what people are seeking. They don’t always have the language for it, but maybe a nudge or feeling and no idea how to live that out.”


A virtual connection The irony that this order is rooted in the Middle Ages and is now formed and connected by modern technology isn’t lost on the friars. The order’s page can be found at lutheranfranciscans.org. The internet, Byrd said, can be scorned or


blessed. “The Franciscans are poised to help the world grow in how the internet can bless, open and create relationship, even though we’re a dispersed order,” he added.


The OLF has a cloistered Facebook group in


which they share with one another how they’re living out their ministry, post prayer requests and help one another in the Franciscan walk. They also meet annually in person, not just in


retreat but with a business meeting, learning, and daily eucharist, vespers and compline. Younger people, especially, are looking for a


method that’s old and trustworthy but might be framed in a new context, Byrd said. The movement is messy, he said, but that’s part of being a Franciscan. “One might think that vowed life would be


restraining, but it’s quite the opposite,” he said. “It invites me and others into more freedom, which is God. Is it easy to get there? No, but it’s not supposed to be. There’s joy in the process, and if there isn’t, it’s not Franciscan. Francis couldn’t stand a gloomy friar. Your whole life changes, and that’s not comfortable for everyone around you, but it’s worth it.”


Sevig is managing editor of Living Lutheran.


Official notice


NOTICE OF PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF ST. OLAF COLLEGE, NORTHFIELD, MINNESOTA


Preamble amended to read as follows: St. Olaf College, a Minnesota non-profit corporation (the “Corporation”), acting through B. Kristine Olson Johnson as Chair of the Board of Regents and David R. Anderson as President, hereby files these Articles of Amendment amending and restating in its entirety its Articles of Incorporation as follows:


Article V amended to read as follows: ARTICLE V Members and Meeting of Members Section 5.01. Members. The members of this Corporation shall be those individuals holding the following positions and offices: (a) The members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Church Council, or succeeding body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or its successor, (the “Church Council”), as such members are appointed in accordance with the discipline and usage of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, or its successor. Such members of the Church Council shall remain members of the Corporation until they no longer serve as members of the Church Council;


‘ They sang about love and it made me feel worse.’


(b) The officers of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, or its successor;


(c) The President of the Corporation; and (d) The members of the Board of Regents of the Corporation.


Section 5.02. Member Powers. The members shall have only those powers explicitly set forth in these Articles and Article XII of the Bylaws of the Corporation.


Section 5.03. Meetings of Members and Other Provisions. The Bylaws of the Corporation shall set forth such other provisions with regard to the members as are desired.


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Article VI amended to read as follows: ARTICLE VI Board of Regents Section 6.01. Composition. The management and direction of the business and affairs of the Corporation shall be vested in a Board of Regents. To the extent consistent with these Articles and permissible under Minnesota Statutes Chapter 317A, the Bylaws of the Corporation shall specify the qualifications, number, term of office, method of selection, removal, powers and duties of the Board of Regents of the Corporation, the time and place of their meetings, voting rights and such other regulations relating to the Board of Regents as may be desired.


Section 6.02. Action in Writing. An action required or permitted to be taken at a meeting of the Board of Regents may be taken by written action signed by the number of Regents that would be required to approve an action taken at a meeting of the Board of Regents at which all members were present; provided, however, that a Board of Regents’ action requiring approval of the members of the Corporation may be taken by written action only if signed by all of the Regents then in office and approved by the members.


Section 6.03. Election of the President. The President of the Corporation


shall be elected by the affirmative vote of not less than two-thirds of Regents in the form established by the Board at the time of such election. The President shall be a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or its successor.


Article IX amended to read as follows: ARTICLE IX Amendments These Articles of the Corporation may be amended by the affirmative vote of a majority of the Board of Regents then in office and entitled to vote on the proposed amendment. Such action may be taken at a meeting, by an action in writing, or by means of electronic communication. No amendment to these Articles adopted by the Board of Regents shall take effect unless subsequently approved by the members of the Corporation by a majority vote of those present and voting at a meeting. The Bylaws may be amended as set forth in Article XII of the Bylaws.


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