Additional Actions at the 2019 Churchwide Assembly

At last week’s, 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Milwaukee:

Re-elected Elizabeth Eaton to be the Presiding Bishop, and elected Sue Rothmeyer to be secretary.

Presented a Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent. The text of the apology and a video of the presentation of the declaration is on’s Chimes news page.

Commemorated June 17 as a day of repentance in the name of the nine martyrs killed at Emanuel AME in Charleston, SC.

Declared the ELCA to be a sanctuary church.

Approved a “Strategy for Authentic Diversity.”

Approved the policy statement: “A Declaration of Interreligious Commitment.”

Approved the social statement: Faith, Sexism and Justice: A Lutheran Call to Action, and the implementing resolutions.

Condemned white supremacy and named it as a sin. A news article on the social statement and white supremacy condemnation is here.

Approved an entrance rite of ordination for deacons.

Authorized the development of a social statement on the role of Church and State.

Set Columbus, Ohio as the host of the 2022 Churchwide Assembly.

A summary of the Assembly’s daily work has been reported in Living Lutheran online, Assembly begins, Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five and (when it is posted) Day Six – Closing.

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