|ELCA Synod held today and Saturday at BGSU||| Print ||
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 15 May 2009 08:08|
The Northwestern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be holding its annual Synod Assembly today and Saturday at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Bowling Green State University.
This year's gathering will tackle sensitive topics as a proposed policy on human sexuality.
The synod, led by Bishop Marcus C. Lohrmann, includes nearly 99,000 members in 185 congregations.
The Synod Assembly offers a time for church leaders, clergy and other rostered leaders as well as lay representatives from each congregation to gather for corporate worship, Bible study, workshops, and to conduct annual synod business.
This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Mark Powell, who is the Robert and Phyllis Leatherman professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus. The national office of the ELCA will be represented by Carlos Pena, the ELCA vice president, who will offer the report of the ELCA presiding bishop.
According to a release from the local synod, the ELCA is at a critical juncture as a church with the publication of the Proposed Social Statement on Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust and the Report and Recommendation on Ministry Policies in February, 2009.
Voting members at the assembly will have much to deliberate, approve or reject as this statement and these policy recommendations have been approved for vote at the ELCA's 2009 Churchwide Assembly. That gathering, to be held Aug. 17-23 in Minneapolis, is the highest legislative authority of the 4.7 million-member church.
At this assembly 1,045 voting members from 65 synods and 10,448 congregations of the ELCA will decide the future course of the ELCA in regards to human sexuality and ministry policies.
In addition, other significant scheduled topics for year's assembly will be delegate votes on resolutions offered by various synod congregations and members.
The other resolutions to be reviewed include: acknowledging 2009 as the "Year of the Parent;" the Cherish Our Children Initiative; uniformity of church policy regarding rostered leaders; rejecting proposed social statement and affirming current teaching documents on sexuality; rejecting recommendations on ministry policy and affirming current ELCA policy; and calling for a super majority to change ministry policies.
On the Web:
ELCA "Report and Recommendation on Ministry Policies" and "Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust"