Delegates to the Women of the ELCA Seventh Triennial Convention, July 7-10, approved 356-16 en bloc resolutions that reduce or eliminate use of plastics and advocate for “environmentally sensitive packaging”; reduce the amount of bottled water consumed; and raise awareness of mountaintop removal mining as well as aid for people hurt by resulting floods.
The convention theme was “Come to the Waters” (see "Women 'come to the waters'").
The convention elected a president, Beth G. Wrenn, 56, Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; and a vice president, Charlene Spillman, Kyle, Texas. Both will serve three-year terms.
Wrenn and ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson called upon delegates to build on their leadership efforts.
Urging delegates to bring in newcomers, Wrenn said: “We must take these life-giving waters with us and share our mission and our enthusiasm with all women.”
Hanson thanked the women for “countless ways” they lead. He asked them to take the lead in the Book of Faith initiative, an ELCA five-year program to more deeply study the Bible, “because this is not a new initiative for you.”
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