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    Final LIFT actions

    Posted on August 18, 2011 by assemblynews

    Here’s a list of final actions taken regarding LIFT:

    + With a 761-112 vote, the assembly recommended that the expansion of support for pastors be cared for by referral to the Congregational and Synodical Mission unit of the churchwide organization. The recommendation references LIFT Resolution #2.

    + With a 763-92 vote, the assembly amended LIFT recommendation #5 to read: to initiate collaborative work by congregations, synods, the churchwide organization [institutions of the church], and others to create and support diverse non-legislative forums and events that bring together leaders of this church to address missional issues, participate in theological study and reflection, foster leadership development, and enhance the interdependence of this church.

    + With a 894-22 vote, the assembly provided a means to continue the work assigned to the task force on Living into the Future Together: Renewing the Ecology of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (LIFT), the 2011 Churchwide Assembly directs that the Office of the Presiding Bishop, in collaboration with the Church Council and the Conference of Bishops, do the following:

    1. To facilitate review of the constitutional responsibilities of synods in order that synods continue and increase their roles as catalysts for missional planning;

    2. To facilitate a broad-based process addressing legislative decision-making in this church;

    3. To initiate a process to expand the consultative role of the Conference of Bishops that allows the Church Council to refer issues to it and the Conference of Bishops to make recommendations to the Church Council;

    4. To explore the use of social media and technology in order to allow greater participation of ELCA members in meetings of the Church Council and the Churchwide Assembly;

    5. To initiate collaborative work by congregations, synods, the churchwide organization, and others to create and support diverse non-legislative forums and events that bring together leaders of this church to address missional issues, participate in theological study and reflection, foster leadership development, and enhance the interdependence of this church;

    6. To request units of the churchwide organization to propose to the Church Council ways of receiving grassroots input on and disseminating information about their work through the use of emerging forms of communication, taking care to include those engaged in multicultural, ethnic-specific, justice for women ministries, youth and young adult networks, and various ministry partners; and

    7. To request that annual reports related to this work be presented to the Church Council through 2013.

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