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Churchwide Assembly


  • Approved resolution declaring the ELCA is a "sanctuary church body," encouraging participation in the ELCA AMMPARO initiative for migrant children, discernment of care for our immigrant neighbors in our context, and the promise of forthcoming resources for this work.
  • Approved a declaration for inter-religious commitment, reaffirming ecumenical and interfaith partnerships.
  • Approved memorials: affirming but not "endorsing" the Poor People's Campaign, care for immigrants and refugees, and other statements.
  • Adopted a new social statement, "Faith, Sexism, and Justice: a Lutheran Call to Action," and its implementing resolutions. [More below]
  • Deacon Sue Rothmeyer was elected Churchwide Secretary, a full-time position which acts as executive administrator and leader on all constitutional matters and interpretation.
  • Constitutional change for Deacons (rostered ministers of word and service) to be ordained, from the previous practice of consecration.

This assembly also celebrated the milestones of 50 years of women's ordination, 40 years since the first woman of color was ordained, and 10 years since full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ clergy. 

The Religion News Service published a recap article, full of links. The article is here, entitled: ELCA Churchwide Assembly calls sexism and patriarchy sins, condemns white supremacy. This article gives a fantastic overview of the ELCA's newly adopted Social Statement entitled: "Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Call to Action', and focuses on issues related to justice for women and was seven years in the making. [Bethlehem] did a study and gave feedback on the draft statement [back in September 2018]. 

One of the biggest 'headlines' that came from the Churchwide Assembly is that the ELCA declared itself a 'sanctuary' church body. We are the first mainline denomination in the United States to do so. 
Bishop Eaton has issued her own response, complete with talking points, here: ELCA as a sanctuary church: what does it mean? 

The Living Lutheran did nice, short recaps of each day with photos from worships, speakers, etc. The photos tell some of the best stories. Please find each day's summary here:

2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly - Day One

2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly - Day Two

2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly - Day Three

2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly - Day Four

2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly - Day Five

2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly - Day Six