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A great week, and a great challenge

The Lutheran's advisory committee chair reflects on the assembly

Attending the ELCA Churchwide Assembly for the first time brought the business of our denomination alive. By the weekend, two themes had indelibly woven themselves together: unity and youth.

I will not forget the warm embrace Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson shared with Sayyid M. Sayeed, secretary general of the Islamic Society of North America, after his remarks to the assembly. Nor will I forget the spirit of unity shared by all ecumenical partners who brought greetings. As one young adult said, "That's how we will advance greater understanding in our world."

Micah Leslie, from the Northwestern
Micah Leslie, from the Northwestern Minnesota Synod, speaks during the assembly in Orlando. Some 13 percent of voting members were 30 or younger.

The ELCA young adults who participated as voting members this year fully participated in the issues discussed: genetics, ecumenism, immigration, communication structures, agricultural policies, environmental stewardship and more. They came because they wanted to. They will remain because they want to shape the future we share.


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