Lanny Westphal reports more than seven hundred people gathered at Stuttgart, Germany, for The Lutheran World Federation Eleventh Assembly to discuss the future direction of this global communion which now includes 145 member churches in 79 countries. See highlights atwww.elca.org/lwf and click Read the latest news from the Assembly in the middle of the page; also check the ELCA news releases that follow.

GLOBAL HEADLINES at www.elca.org/news

+ ELCA Members Elected to Lutheran World Federation’s Council

+ Munib Younan Elected President of Lutheran World Federation

+ Lutherans Take Historic Step in Asking for Forgiveness from Mennonites

+ Lutheran World Federation President Pleads for Unity Despite Differences

+ Lutheran World Federation President Says Ecumenical Commitment to Continue

+ Lutheran World Federation Meets In ‘Confident Hope,’ Says President

+ Lutheran World Federation Assembly Focused on Alleviating Hunger

+ Lutherans to Meet in GermanyJuly 20-27 for LWF Eleventh Assembly

+ ELCA Presiding Bishop Calls for Immigration Reform in Letter to Obama

+ LCMS Convention Votes to Continue Cooperative Work with ELCA