In the quest for signs that the ELCA is preparing for the future by recognizing its present, look no further than the October meeting of the Conference of Bishops.
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of the Episcopal Church kicked off the gathering with an invitation that her denomination and the ELCA find more ways to work together. She cited theological education, chaplaincy, and campus and congregational ministry, particularly in smaller communities where multiple congregations are less viable.
That type of conversation is taking place among the ELCA's seminary presidents. They told the bishops of their discussions that are "putting everything on the table" to address funding and educational issues.
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