The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Convention business

New leaders elected, budget approved

Delegates elected Jennifer Michael to a three-year term as Women of the ELCA president during the organization's July 12-14 convention in Spokane, Wash.

Michael, 43, a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Pensacola, Fla., and a mother of three, succeeds Beth Wrenn, Kill Devil Hills, N.C.

On the synod level, Michael has served as a lay minister of word and sacrament in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and is a former president of the Florida-Bahamas women's organization.

More than 365 people took part in a
More than 365 people took part in a "Run Walk and Roll" event July 16 that raised more than $18,000 for "Raising Up Healthy Women and Girls," a Women of the ELCA seed grant program.

The nearly 400 delegates also elected JoAnn Fuchs, West Columbia, Texas, as vice president; Jackie Wilson, Hot Springs, Ark., as secretary; and Barbara Martz, New Kensington, Pa., as treasurer, along with a 17-member executive board.

In a separate action, delegates took a first vote approving a constitutional change that would reduce future boards from 17 to nine members. The final vote will be held at the 2014 convention.

During the convention the new name of Lutheran Woman Today magazine, Gather, was announced. Several women said it had appeal for younger generations and newcomers. Wrenn ruled a resolution calling for no change to the name as out of order because of its significant financial implications.

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