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ELCA Assembly Adopts Plan for Mission

Date Mon, 18 Aug 2003 11:39:47 -0500


August 17, 2003

ELCA Assembly Adopts Plan for Mission

     MILWAUKEE (ELCA) -- The 2003 Churchwide Assembly of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) authorized, 838 to
25, that the Office of the ELCA Presiding Bishop oversee and
implement "Faithful Yet Changing: The Plan for Mission in the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America" Aug. 17.
     The churchwide assembly, the chief legislative authority of
the ELCA, is meeting here Aug. 11-17 at the Midwest Airlines
Center. There are about 2,100 people participating, including
1,031 ELCA voting members. The theme for the biennial assembly is
"Making Christ Known: For the Healing of the World."
     The action authorized the Office of the Presiding Bishop to
offer a report and recommendations to the November 2003 meeting
of the ELCA Church Council. The Office of the Presiding Bishop
will align the churchwide budget with the strategic directions,
identify an initial set of strategies in consultation with all
churchwide units, consult with leaders of synods, agencies and
institutions, and prepare possible constitutional and bylaw
amendments for consideration by the 2005 Churchwide Assembly.
     The assembly adopted an amendment, 692 to 213, to recommend
the addition of a sixth strategic direction emphasizing an anti-
racist commitment. The Rev. Robert Rimbo, bishop, ELCA Southeast
Michigan Synod, introduced the amendment, saying: "We need to
work on dismantling the racism that is crippling our witness in
the world."
     After the action was adopted, the Rev. Mark Hanson,
presiding bishop of the ELCA, asked the assembly to thank all who
shaped the plan for mission: the 30,000 ELCA members who
participated through synod assemblies, the ELCA Church Council,
the churchwide staff and the Rev. Charles S. Miller, ELCA
executive for administration.	     The assembly adopted a
"sense of the assembly" motion, 777 to 77, that the wording of
two strategic directions be changed. The "sense motion" called
for more active language in the strategic directions, changing
"welcoming" to "inviting" and "assist" to "equip."
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