MaryBeth Nowak, ELCA director for meeting management and travel, says this Churchwide Assembly will be “greener”—more environmentally friendly—than in the past. See for yourself:
• 733 pounds of paper—saved by online registrations.
• 3,000 pounds of plastic—saved by eating off china.
• 15,000 gallons of water—saved by not pre-filling glasses.
• 15,000 (or more) paper cups—saved by using reusable coffee mugs.
Want to participate?
Each ELCA congregation can send one representative as an observer, with a seat and materials but no voice or vote in assembly actions. For more information, visit www.elca.org/assembly/05. (Note: The deadline to register as an observer was May 30.) Those who aren’t attending the assembly can participate by keeping participants in their prayers and checking both www.elca.org and www.thelutheran.org for news of decisions and events.
When you hear Orlando, Fla., what comes to mind? Cartoon mice? Theme parks? Vacations? How about the ELCA Churchwide Assembly?
From Aug. 8-14, the Florida-Bahamas Synod will host the 2005 Churchwide Assembly, welcoming 1,018 voting members and about 1,000 additional participants to Orlando’s World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center.
|More than 2,000 participants will converge on the World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center, Orlando, Fla., for the 2005 Churchwide Assembly, Aug. 8-14.|
Under the theme “Marked With the Cross of Christ Forever” (from the ELCA mission statement), the assembly could have far-reaching consequences for the ELCA. Voting members will act on proposals related to the Studies on Sexuality, restructuring the churchwide organization, the Renewing Worship project, two ethnic ministry strategies and interim eucharistic sharing with the United Methodist Church.
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