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April 2001 For the Record

Board of Pensions trustees
Chicago, Feb. 2-4.

• Recommended a revision to the eligibility guidelines for the Special Needs Retirement Fund, pending ELCA Church Council approval at its April meeting. The 1993 Churchwide Assembly set up the fund to assist low-income pensioners. The trustees suggested the board free up $240,000 as seed money for this fund.

• Pending Church Council approval, voted to expand PPO benefits and offer Aetna U.S. Healthcare and Blue Cross and Blue Shield in 45 states.

• Voted that members with funds in the Transitional Pension Fund have a one-time "open window" to move money to the balanced fund so they can access distribution options not in place when they moved their money into the transitional fund.

• Pending Church Council approval, voted to expand PPO benefits and offer Aetna U.S. Healthcare and Blue Cross and Blue Shield in 45 states.

• Voted that members with funds in the Transitional Pension Fund have a one-time "open window" to move money to the balanced fund so they can access distribution options not in place when they moved their money into the transitional fund.

Division for Outreach board
Chicago, Feb. 23-25.

• Recommended that the ELCA Church Council recognize Lutherans Concerned/North America, a national group that advocates for lesbian and gay people, as an independent Lutheran organization.

Division for Congregational Ministries board
Chicago, Feb. 16-18.

• Authorized the executive directors to investigate alternative means of publishing, producing and distributing resources outside its partnership with Augsburg Fortress, Publishers, calling the existing arrangement "inefficient and ineffective." (Following the board meeting, Marvin Roloff, Augsburg CEO, and division staff said serious conversation to resolve issues would occur soon.)


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