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Board Recommends ELCA Adopt Report on People with Disabilities
Brenda Williams <BRENDAW@elca.org>
08 Oct 1998 17:30:32
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ELCA NEWS SERVICE
October 8, 1998
BOARD RECOMMENDS ELCA ADOPT REPORT ON PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
MILWAUKEE (ELCA) -- Board members of the Division for Church in
Society of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) asked the ELCA
Church Council to approve "The Final Report of the Comprehensive Study of
Ministry with and among Persons who are Deaf and Persons with Disabilities
of the ELCA."
"Our charge is to become educated and aware and then be a voice for
the voiceless, to raise consciousness," said board member Gloria Strickert,
Waverly, Iowa. "This report does that," she said.
Some board members expressed concern that the report would lead to
formation of another commission or that the church is being increasingly
fragmented. Laura L. Lundsgaard, coordinator for social justice education,
said the intent is not to form another commission but to bring leadership
to others from those who are deaf or have disabilities.
The ELCA Church Council will meet Nov. 12-16 in Chicago. The council
will transmit the report to the 1999 Churchwide Assembly in Denver.
In other business, the board heard a report on Habitat for Humanity
saying that the ELCA was the first U.S. denomination to declare itself a
partner with the organization.
[*Sonia C. Solomonson is senior editor for The Lutheran, magazine of the
For information contact:
Frank Imhoff, Assoc. Director 1-773-380-2955 or NEWS@ELCA.ORG
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