ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson set the tone for tough conversations Aug. 8-14 at the 2005 Churchwide Assembly in Orlando, Fla.: “The state of the ELCA depends on the work of the Holy Spirit in and through the vast web of interdependent relationships in the living, changing organism called Christ’s body, the church,” he said.
Under the theme “Marked With the Cross of Christ Forever,” the debates and actions taken by 1,015 voting members (1,018 had registered) and the presentations and reports showed this “vast web of interdependent relationships.”
The ELCA approved new worship resources, an interim eucharistic sharing agreement with the United Methodist Church, a plan for engagement in the Holy Land, ethnic ministry strategies, two of three recommendations that grew out of the ELCA Studies on Sexuality and much more (see pages 14-23; “Presiding bishop,” page 61; “Letters,” page 64; and “Editor,” page 66 in the print edition).
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