For a week I have been surrounded by, accompanied by, welcomed and inspired by, Lutheran Christians from more than 90 countries, north and south, east and west. We sang together, broke bread and sipped wine together, debated with and challenged one another. We shared stories from our contexts, some painfully heartrending, others healing and heart-stirring. We engaged deep Bible study and heard startling, disturbing, and inspiring keynotes about crucial challenges that we face globally. We stammered through conversations in the hallways and over meals, overcoming language and cultural barriers to laugh and cry and chat about things deep and shallow and everything in between.