Category Archives: Church Wide Reflections

Milwaukee Reflections

I intended to craft a collection of reflections from the 2019 Church Wide Assembly, but I have decided to compile extremely brief reflections into a single post. Why?

  1. The Church Wide Assembly was August 5-10, 2019.
    Thus, reflections have been shared by those most impacted or vocal.
    Thus, my reflections are not “timely”, “pressing”, or necessarily unique.
  2. The Church Wide decisions, in my opinion, were not ‘out of character’.
    Thus, these do not require in-depth analysis.
  3. Due to the lack of joy writing brings me, I procrastinate and prefer to be short.

What is the Church Wide Assembly?

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is the largest Lutheran denomination and the seventh largest Christian denomination in the United States of America based upon self-identification and reported membership. It is composed of 9,000+ congregations and approximately 3.4 billion baptized members.

The ELCA  is composed of three expressions in an inter-dependent relationship:

  • Congregations (9,000+)
  • Synods (65)
  • Church Wide (National expression)

Congregations conduct business by an elected Church Council and an annual meeting.

Synods conduct business by an elected Synod Council and a Synod Assembly.
The frequency of Synod Assemblies may vary, but are often annually or biennially.

The Church Wide expression conducts business by an elected Church Wide Council, the Conference of Bishops, and a triennially held Church Wide Assembly. Therefore, the Church Wide Assembly conducts business on behalf of the ELCA as a whole. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 15, 2019 in Church Wide Reflections


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Sanctuary Church: CWA Reflection

I resonate with Martin Luther in moments such as this, for Luther was known to address concerns due to the demands of the people rather than from his own interests/passions. If my own interests/passions were leading the Church-Wide Assembly reflections, I would not begin with the “Sanctuary” decision…
But I will expand on that later. Let us not put the cart before the horse.

On Sunday (Aug. 11 – Sermon), I noted that that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and specifically the Church-Wide Assembly Voting Members in certain locations would have some explainin’ to do.

I was a voting member. I was also one asked to explain.
[I offer for those so inclined, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s Talking Points.]

On Monday morning, I received an email that the ELCA “Sanctuary” decision disturbed a household and ‘how can the church feel that we are above the law?’.

Thus, I thought it might be best to simply share the relatively brief response I wrote, although I realize it does not begin to do justice to the complicated topic.

Please note: None of the proposed action is illegal or unlawful. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 18, 2019 in Church Wide Reflections


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