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Orlando assembly faces critical issues: sexuality & restructuring

Voting members also address worship and ethnic ministry

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
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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