Voting members considered 97 memorials — resolutions from synod assemblies calling for actions by the Churchwide Assembly.
When memorials required churchwide financial resources, the statement "as financial resources permit" was included "to allow for flexibility in the midst of our current realities," said Steve Loy, Memorials Committee co-chair.
Memorials dealt with a variety of issues, from energy stewardship to ministry policies and the Special Needs Retirement Fund. While most were approved in a group, these were given separate consideration.
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• Expanding multicultural ministry (adopted 917-29): Expressed concern that the ELCA has not yet reached the goal of 10 percent members who are people of color or primary language other than English, and encouraged congregations and synods to incorporate ministry with diverse populations into mission planning advocated by the Living Into the Future Together Task Force report.
• International Year for People of African Descent (adopted 899-55): Asked the ELCA presiding bishop to issue a statement acknowledging the international year; encouraged congregations to affirm the gifts of people of African descent in prayer, worship and other expressions; and asked the director for racial justice to work with other leaders to examine factors that keep people of color and/or whose primary language is other than English from experiencing the fullness of leadership and inclusion in the ELCA.
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