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For the Record

Commission for Women steering committee. Chicago, Oct. 15-17.

* Adopted a resolution to promote the 30th anniversary of the ordination of women in the ELCA during 2000.
* Directed the unit to prepare a letter expressing dismay at the failure of the U.S. Senate to ratify the international nuclear Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (see page 9).

Division for Church in Society board. Chicago, Oct. 14-17.

* Recommended to the Church Council the adoption of "Message on Suicide Prevention."
* Affirmed the development of a social policy resolution on educational choice, for possible consideration by the 2001 Churchwide Assembly.
* Adopted a resolution to promote the 30th anniversary of the ordination of women in the ELCA during 2000.

Commission for Multicultural Ministries steering committee. Chicago, Oct. 8-9.

* Endorsed eight goals proposed by Frederick Rajan, the unit's executive director, to help increase the leadership and membership of people of color in the ELCA.
* Endorsed objectives arising from "The Blood that Unites the Diaspora: A Consultation of Black Peoples" last spring, to improve ministry to Africans and African Americans and to cultivate leadership.
* Approved a resolution to promote the 30th anniversary of the ordination of women in the ELCA during 2000.

Division for Congregational Ministries board. Chicago, Oct. 14-17.

* Requested an interunit report at the spring and fall 2000 board meetings on evangelism activities of the past 10 years, with recommendations for future evangelism and outreach strategies.
* Directed the division to develop a strategic plan for social ministry in congregations, which may include hiring an additional staff person.
* Asked the Office of the Bishop to establish funds for the development of language- and culture-specific resources.
* Urged congregations and others to plan activities to mark the 30th anniversary of women's ordination in the ELCA.

Division for Outreach board. Chicago, Oct. 7-10.

* Affirmed a new outreach strategy for the division's work in the Latino community.
* Asked for dialogue with the Division for Ministry board to support the development of ethnic leadership.

Women of the ELCA board. Chicago, Oct. 12-15.

* Approved four primary goals for the 2002-2005 triennium: families, leadership, spirituality and stewardship.
* Called for the women's organization to help support and strengthen families.
* Resolved to provide education and advocacy about disabilities, and ensure that women's events are increasingly accessible to disabled people.
* Asked presidents of the synodical women's organizations to write letters of protest about a new women's magazine proposed by Augsburg Fortress, Publishers.

Division for Ministry board. Chicago, Oct. 14-17.

* Heard a report from a representative of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on how that denomination has dealt from 1966 to the present with the issue of whether to ordain gay and lesbian people.
* Asked ELCA seminary presidents to prepare periodic reports from the school communities regarding the issue of ordaining noncelibate gays and lesbians.
* Granted $10,000 for research and development to each of the ELCA's three theological education clusters.
* Changed the name of the "alternate route to ordination" to Theological Education for Emerging Ministries.
* Requested a comprehensive plan for developing division resources in languages other than English.

Department for Ecumenical Affairs board. Chicago, Oct. 23.

* Recommended that the implementation of the Called to Common Mission full communion agreement be timed to coincide with its implementation by the Episcopal Church.
* Heard a report on the status of talks between the ELCA and other church bodies, including the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod and the Roman Catholic Church.

Alaska Synod assembly. Anchorage, Alaska, Oct. 28-31.

* Celebrated the signing of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification during worship with the Roman Catholic diocese.
* Expressed appreciation to the Division for Outreach for its cooperation in reassessing the synod's mission.
* Gave voting members the opportunity to share personal faith stories and enjoy special entertainment by native dancers.


Who: Ron Martinson, 64, as bishop of the Alaska Synod, effective Jan. 1.
When: Oct. 30, 52-49 on the fifth ballot, over Obed Nelson, a counselor at Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage.
Bio: Pastor of Central Lutheran Church, Anchorage. Served congregations in Oregon and Washington. Graduate of Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.
Replaces: Larry Jorgenson, interim bishop.


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