The first full day of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly gets underway at 8:30 Central Time. Live webcasts are available at 8:30 and again at 2:00. After Morning Prayer, we can expect a report on the first ballot for Presiding Bishop. I’ll be very interested in seeing what percentage of votes Bishop Hanson receives on this first ballot, the top vote-getters, and who withdraws their names from the ballot. If there is no individual who receives 75% of the vote on this first ballot, the first ballot becomes a nominating ballot.
Other things to watch this morning:
- Reception of ELW – Will it be received with great joy or will those who have had difficulty with some of the theological language contained within this resource challenge it here? It is my hope that battle lines are not drawn over this in the morning session.
- Deadline – Although we won’t see it this morning, an important deadline occurs at 10:30 Central Time. That is the deadline for requesting separate consideration of Synod Memorials (removal from en bloc) and substitute motions related to Synod Memorials may be offered.
This afternoon, the Social Statement on Education will be introduced, HIV/AIDS strategy will be introduced, and elections will continue if necessary.
This evening, Voting Members are invited to attend hearings to obtain more detail and information about those items they will be voting on later.
I’ll be watching this part-time today … I have other obligations as well, but intend to report on the Assembly as I am able.