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FROM CHURCHWIDE: Commission for a Renewed Lutheran Church



At the 2022 Churchwide Assembly, voting members adopted a memorial concerning restructuring the ELCA’s governance. The assembly adopted 738-72 the following action:

To direct the Church Council to establish a Commission for a Renewed Lutheran Church comprised of leaders of diverse representation from all three expressions that, working in consultation with the Conference of Bishops and the Church Council, shall reconsider the statements of purpose for each of the expressions of this church, the principles of its organizational structure, and all matters pertaining thereunto, being particularly attentive to our shared commitment to dismantle racism, and will present its findings and recommendations to the 2025 Churchwide Assembly in preparation for a possible reconstituting convention to be called under the rules for a special meeting of the Churchwide Assembly. [CA22.01.06]

The Church Council discussed the churchwide assembly action at its November 2022 meeting. It authorized the establishment of the Commission for a Renewed Lutheran Church (CRLC) to consist of no more than 35 voting members and directed the Executive Committee of the Church Council to initiate the process of forming the commission. [CC22.11.38.]

The nomination process is open until March 9, 2023. More information about the commitment and expectation of serving on the CRLC can be found HERE. Interested individuals who wish to be nominated or to nominate another person should complete and submit the nomination form HERE.

The Executive Committee of the Church Council will serve as the nominating committee and present a slate of nominees to the Church Council at its April 20, 2023, meeting for appointment to the CRLC.

For more information, click HERE.

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