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For the record

Division for Higher Education and Schools board Sept. 20-21, Chicago.

  • Approved the affiliation of Grace Christian Day School Association, Appleton, Wis.
  • Recommended for approval by the ELCA Church Council an amended statement regarding the ELCA's willingness and process for forming joint ministries with other church bodies in the area of operating colleges and universities.

Division for Congregational Ministries board Oct. 11-13, Chicago.

  • Affirmed the first draft of the evangelism strategy to be presented to the 2003 Churchwide Assembly. Asked the strategy task force to have in-depth conversations with the Division for Church in Society so special attention is given to peace, justice and people living in poverty.
  • Encouraged the evangelism team to continue its multiyear plan "in harmony" with the church's evangelism strategy.
  • Increased the income goal of the World Hunger Appeal to $25 million by 2005. Called on the church to work to reach this goal.
  • Forwarded a request from the Council of Synod Lutheran Youth Organization Presidents to the Studies on Sexuality Task Force. The council encouraged the task force to include people between the ages of 14-18 and 19-30 in its work and to add data that represents youth.
  • Supported developing a plan to support youth and family ministry in synods.

Commission for Multicultural Ministries steering committee Oct. 18-19, Chicago.

  • Recommended a biennial multicultural gathering rather than yearly. It would incorporate the biennial assemblies of the ethnic associations, the Multicultural Mission Institute, the Multicultural Music Festival and provide expanded ecumenical opportunities.
  • Affirmed Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson's opposition to a preemptive U.S. strike against Iraq.
  • Asked that the presentation of "A Vision — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Plan of Action for Ministry in the African, African American, Black and Caribbean Community" be postponed until the 2005 Churchwide Assembly so more representatives can be included in drafting the strategy.
  • Requested that the ELCA, its institutions and organizations require people who self-identify on applications as American Indians or Alaska Natives to provide a tribal identification card or a certificate of Indian blood from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Commission for Women steering committee Oct. 11-13, Chicago.

  • Celebrated the number of women in ELCA leadership, including seven of 65 synod bishops and 10 of 25 clergy and lay people in the ELCA Cabinet of Executives. Encouraged ELCA members to recommit to supporting and increasing the number of women in leadership roles.
  • Affirmed the public witness of Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson in supporting diplomacy instead of war with Iraq.

Division for Global Mission board Oct. 17-19, Chicago.

  • Recommended that the Church Council address pharmaceutical companies in which the ELCA holds shares about the need to make generic antiretroviral drugs available to people with HIV/AIDS in developing countries. (The hunger crisis in Southern Africa is complicated by the high percentage of people with HIV/AIDS who can't afford these drugs.) Asked the council to continue to raise this concern with the U.S. government and other intergovernmental bodies.
  • Asked the council to encourage ELCA members to respond to needs in Africa through the World Hunger Appeal and to request an urgent response by the U.S. government to the famine and drought.
  • Affirmed Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson's statement in support of peace and against a pre-emptive attack on Iraq. Asked the council to send President Bush a statement on Iraq using Hanson's principles and the ELCA social statement For Peace in God's World. Asked the council to call upon ELCA congregations to pray for peace.

The Lutheran advisory committee Oct. 14, Chicago.

  • Nominated David L. Miller to a second four-year term as editor. The Churchwide Assembly elects the editor. The nomination must be transmitted to the August 2003 assembly by vote of the Church Council.

Division for Ministry board Oct. 12-13, Chicago.

  • Adopted internship guidelines for ministry candidates. Discussion of internship procedures will continue at future meetings.
  • Endorsed a policy change regarding ministry candidates and seminary affiliation. Ministry candidates who attend a non-ELCA seminary must affiliate with an ELCA seminary during their first full term. Diaconal candidates can now affiliate not only with the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg (Pa.) but also with the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa; or Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Affirmed a staff recommendation that policies in Vision and Expectations for Candidates for Ordained Ministry must be upheld by candidacy committees and others while the ELCA Studies on Sexuality proceed.
  • Thanked Carl E. Linder, former editor of Lutheran Partners, for his service to the church. Due to financial concerns, the editor's position won't be filled for the remainder of fiscal year 2002.

Women of the ELCA board Oct. 17-20, Chicago.

  • Called for "earnest prayer and moral deliberation" on a possible war between the United States and Iraq from all synodical and congregational women's organizations. Its resolution said: "While we support the use of nonviolent measures, there may be no other way to offer protection in some circumstances than by restraining forcibly those harming the innocent. We do not, then — for the sake of neighbor — rule out possible support for the use of military force. We must determine in particular circumstances whether or not military action is the lesser evil."
  • Heard that the 2002 women's triennial convention was nearly $1 million over budget. Due to underspending, the overall budget can help meet the financial obligation. Implemented "an immediate 10 percent spending cut across the [2002] budget" except for salaries and benefits. Moved emergency funds from the New Ministries Fund to meet needs "in the event of a budget shortfall."

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