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The 2011 ELCA Churchwide Assembly considered memorials about immigration reform, investment for positive change in Palestine, and support farmers and ranchers:
+ With an 870-61 vote, the assembly received with gratitude the memorial of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod in support of immigration reform and the DREAM Act (The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act), which would provide a path for citizenship for undocumented high school graduates; affirmed the commitment of the ELCA and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service to support comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act; requested that the presiding bishop of this church communicate to the president and members of Congress the support of the ELCA for comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act; and encouraged all ELCA synods, congregations, and members to add their voices in support of comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act.
+ With an 868-73 vote, the assembly received with gratitude the memorials of the Northeastern Pennsylvania, Lower Susquehanna, and Metropolitan Washington, D.C., synods related to investment for positive change in Palestine, and encouraged members, congregations, synods and agencies of this church to seek ways to achieve a deeper understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; affirm this church’s commitment to non-violent responses to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; and, consider making positive economic investments in those Palestinian projects and business that peacefully strengthen the economic and social fabric of Palestinian society. In the same action, the assembly commended the policy, “ELCA Economic Social Criteria Investment Screens” to the members, congregations, synods and agencies of this church, and to decline to undertake a review of the investment of funds managed within the ELCA but to commend these recommendations to the Office of the Treasurer, the Office of the Secretary, the Congregational and Synodical Mission unit, the Mission Advancement unit, and the ELCA Board of Pensions for consideration.
+ With a 990-19 vote, the assembly received with gratitude the memorial of the Western North Dakota Synod calling on the 2011 Churchwide Assembly to recognize and celebrate the central role of farmers and ranchers in providing an abundant supply of food and fiber for our nation and the world. In the same action, the assembly acknowledge the central importance of the vocation of agriculture for rural communities and the economic life of our nation as a whole, and the assembly affirmed that the ELCA, in its social policies, recognizes and supports not only the vital role of farmers and ranchers in caring for the land and providing daily bread, but also their stewardship of creation through responsible use of science and technology.