Your May issue surrounding concerns of stewardship and giving to
churchwide ministries seems to put all the blame on local congregations
for being myopic and unaware of the worldwide connections between
communities of faith and service. As a voting member to the 2003
Churchwide Assembly, I witnessed a churchwide office that seemed almost
completely disconnected from local congregations. The disconnect isn't
the congregations' fault for they are doing what they're supposed to be
doing. The churchwide infatuation with matters of sexuality and
ecumenism is divorced from the reality of the majority of ELCA
congregations. This is reflected in the smaller amount of dollars sent
through to the churchwide office. In matters of stewardship, one reaps
what one sows.
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