Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has announced that he will be available as a nominee next year for a second six-year term as presiding bishop. The ELCA’s 2007 biennial Churchwide Assembly will meet August 6-12 at Navy Pier in Chicago, the denomination’s headquarters city. Hanson, 59, also serves as president of the Geneva-based Lutheran World Federation in a six-year term that ends in 2009. Lowell G. Almen, 65, the church’s secretary since 1987, said at the same time last month that he will retire from that key administrative post next year.


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