ELCA Churchwide Assembly – Day 3 (Morning)

After Morning Prayer, and an adjustment of the schedule approved by unanimous consent, the Assembly heard the Report of the Presiding Bishop. Bishop Hanson spoke about what it means to be a “sent” church, a theme he introduced at the opening worship service. With the focus on 2012, the 25th anniversary of the ELCA, Bishop Hanson imagined what Leaders in a Sent Church might accomplish. They will be followers of Jesus Christ, serving as mentor and being mentored, with an emphasis on being followers of Jesus rather than on leadership. Leaders for a Sent Church will be evangelists, proclaiming in word and deed the good news of God’s love in Christ for the whole creation. Leaders for a Sent Church will need to know the story … to be fluent in the language of scripture. Leaders for a Sent Church can also tell the story of this sent church. (see elca.org/love) . Leaders for a Sent Church will fund the mission of this church without forcing different parts of the church to compete with one another for funds. We will lead by example within our personal stewardship. Let us lead this sent church so that we double the number of members who are persons of color or whose primary language is other than English, because absent the other, we are less than whole. Leaders for a Sent Church will be stewards of our interdependence. Leaders for a Sent Church will be Pontifs, prophets and poets who are truth tellers. This truth telling needs to be about our captivity to sin, that in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, the truth of what our consumptive living is doing to our environment, that violence begets violence, that living in abject poverty is not God’s will for humanity. Leaders in a Sent Church are schooled in the theological disciplines and practiced in the spiritual disciplines. Leaders for a Sent Church are going to engage the large questions, trusting that God’s grace in Christ sets us free for such engagement. Leaders for a Sent Church will trust that we as people of faith, have something to contribute from our faith and its history to those large questions. Leaders in a Sent Church seek discernment within the context of being a community of faith. We need to be attentive to our own well-being, caring for the whole self. Leaders in a Sent Church are called to lead with humility and courage.

When I locate the text of this report, I’ll provide a link.

The Bishop announced that there is a plan to consider the memorials found in category E, related to human sexuality on Thursday afternoon.

The first memorial considered this morning was the recommendation of the memorial committee regarding B5: The Iraq War. No debate. Approved 874-78.

The second memorial considered this morning was the recommendation of the memorial committee regarding B6: Genocide in Darfur. Pastor Lisa Anderson from the New England Synod spoke to approval. Approved 976-11.

Keynote Address by Dr. Musimbi Kanroro (from Kenya), secretary general CEO of the world YWCA.

Several videos are available each day, if you would like to watch them. Look for links on the right side of this page.

More later …

HIV-AIDS Memorial Recommendation.  Approved 925-22.

Michale Dobski from the Delaware-Maryland Synod moved to amend the order of the Assembly to begin the process for election of Secretary in Plenary 5 (this afternoon).  Required 2/3 to pass.  Approved  748-220.

Pondering Pastor

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