Saturday, June 30, 2007

Synod assembly season is finished – on now to Churchwide

June 27, 2007
Synod assembly season is finished – on now to Churchwide
FROM Emily Eastwood, Executive Director:
Dear Members of LC/NA and the RIC Community,
Now that the synod assembly season has concluded, time is of the essence as we move forward with our plans for Churchwide Assembly. With an unprecedented 23 synods representing 40% of the membership of the ELCA passing memorials to move the church toward full inclusion, we have the best chance yet to make real progress in August. Here's the dope:
Please come to Chicago for the assembly. The dates are August 6–11, 2007.
Please register as a visitor on the ELCA website. Cost is $50/person. Visitor status will allow you access to the visitor section of ELCA plenary hall and ELCA worship events. Register through, click on Churchwide Assembly. Registration ends July 15.....

The schedule of events is now available through But here are the highlights:
Tuesday – ELCA hearings on the Sexuality Study.
Tuesday – Educational session at the Hyatt following the hearings with Pastor Bradley Schmeling and members of his congregation in Atlanta.
Wednesday – earliest possible day for ELCA quasi-committee of the whole regarding memorials on blessings, delay, policy change, and refraining from discipline.
Wednesday – 8:00 pm Festival Worship at the Hyatt with Pastor Bradley Schmeling preaching. Reception following.
Thursday – possible day for ELCA debate on memorials – all hands on deck for silent prayer vigil in the hall.
Thursday evening following ELCA workshops at the Hyatt – Full display of the Shower of Stoles project with reception for voting members and visitors.
Friday – possible day for debate if not complete on Thursday
Friday – evening party for all goodsoil allies at the Hyatt
Remember the ultimate outcome is assured. Only the time, the when it happens, is in question. Win or lose in 2007, we will make history and real progress toward full inclusion. Come be a part of this chapter in the movement for full participation.
– Emily Eastwood, Executive Director

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