The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Council votes on malaria, gambling and other issues

At its Nov. 9-11 meeting in Chicago, the ELCA Church Council authorized churchwide staff to develop a proposal for a Lutheran initiative to eradicate malaria.

The work will be coordinated by the Office of the Presiding Bishop in partnership with Lutheran World Relief, the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and the U.N. Foundation . Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson will share input from the churchwide staff with council members before any decisions are made. The council also authorized its executive committee to monitor the effort and act on “a possible malaria appeal and program, including the possible receipt of funding from the U.N. Foundation.”

To help fund the initiative, LWR and its partners hope to raise $75 million in the next five years.

The council also approved an ELCA social policy resolution on the sponsorship of legalized gambling by American Indian tribes. The resolution both reaffirms the ELCA’s serious concerns about gambling and its respect for the sovereignty of American Indian tribes and Alaska Native peoples. It recommits the ELCA to promoting dialogue and moral deliberation on this issue. The ELCA opposes lotteries and other state-sponsored gambling.

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