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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Report of the Presiding Bishop - ELCA Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans August 8-13, 2016

Report of the Presiding Bishop - ELCA Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans August 8-13, 2016

Published on Aug 12, 2016: Bishop Eaton delivers an inspiring message as her Report from the Presiding Bishop to the ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Eaton says, “In baptism we have all been marked with the cross of Christ, and are all called not to run away, but to run to those dark and deadly places, bringing the light and life of Christ.”

A few assorted miscellaneous takeaways….

It is almost as if Jesus has become wallpaper…

We can’t form relations with other denominations or other religions if we are not clear about who we are.

We are ‘both – and,’ and not ‘either – or.’

Lutherans have a distinctive voice…

Who knew we had a fight song…. What is our fight song? “A Mighty Fortress is our God.”

What is our chant? ‘Justified by Grace.’

Go in peace serve the Lord. Not to see people as problems to be solved.

24:55 thanking first responders for our day of service falls on Sept. 11, 2016 - God’s Work Our Hands Sunday – the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11.

There are more Muslims in this country than ELCA Lutherans

The synod is us. Scheduled Rostered Leaders gathering in Atlanta GA. August 7-10, 2017

We need to reclaim the word evangelical…. The good news. We no longer have this privileged spot in society. We are a missionary church once again. There are so many options now on Sunday morning. The Roman Empire did not give Christians Sundays off. It is not our fault that the world has changed.

Saint Paul was a proto-Lutheran.

White privilege – Benefits of the GI Bill. Some aspects of the GI Bill not available for African-Americans. Around 41:00. We did not create it. We inherited it. But we can change it. Pastors when you get push-back about this. Blame it on me.

Future … God is calling us toward … Future Directions Paper … Ministry site profile.

 The ELCA is a young church at only 28 years old. It is a good time to take a look at where we are as God’s people and try to understand what God has in store for us. And we think it is an exciting time to be looking forward together as we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.

          We want to create a vision for the future ELCA – as a church with solid foundations sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and making a difference in the world locally and globally. And as a church that we can be proud to pass on to our children.

          We want to discover how we can continue to faithfully serve God’s mission in the years ahead and reach a shared understanding among church leaders about the ministries that are most important.

          And we want to assess whether the structures that were set up for this church are right for the future, and as part of this consider how we use our resources in the best possible way. There are many challenges.

God is not finished with us yet….

Let’s go church.


See also: Recent resolutions adopted at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans stir controversy #ELCA #ELCACWA

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America recently held its Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans August 8-13, 2016 -

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Caroline’s hands – our dried mangoes.

 Caroline’s hands – our dried mangoes.

August 21, 2013

Long road trips require ample portions of dried mangoes in order to properly maintain the mind, body, spirit and soul to be appropriately prepared for the journey.

Pictured here are the all-important hands that handled the dried mangoes on our recent trip to the 2013 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburg during the week of Aug. 12-17 in Pittsburgh.

This picture was taken on our way up the road to Pittsburgh on August 10, 2013. It captures a moment in which the dried mangoes are in Caroline’s hands as she waxes poetically upon the importance and spirituality of this food of the Gods…

The Assembly took “action on some 80 ‘memorials’ or requests from synods asking for Churchwide Assembly action on significant issues,” according to a thoughtful and comprehensive article written about the assembly by Lutheran magazine writer, Elizabeth Hunter, “Paperless in Pittsburgh.” The article by Ms. Hunter appeared in the August edition of the magazine.

Ms. Hunter noted that voting members faced “Some big decisions … amid daily worship, prayer and Bible studies under the theme "Always Being Made New," based on 2 Corinthians 5:17.”

At the 2013 Lutheran Churchwide Assembly, 952 voting members from the ELCA's 65 synods and 9,638 congregations elected a new presiding bishop and secretary, and deliberated and adopted various budgets, financial campaigns, social statements.

Last week, Caroline Babylon, Evelyn Babylon, Beth Clementson and I volunteered at the 2013 Churchwide Assembly that was hosted by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod.

It was the last biennial gathering of the ELCA's highest legislative authority before the assembly transitions to a triennial cycle, according to Ms. Hunter.

“Always being made New” was the theme of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in American 2013 Churchwide Assembly that took place August 12-17, 2013 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA.

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