calendar January 31, 2023 in News

Nominations for Commission for a New Lutheran Church

Last summer the Churchwide Assembly voted to establish a commission to recommend potential changes in the ELCA’s constitution and governance to reflect what Lutheran witness might look like in the 21st Century. Nominations are now open for appointment to this body, which will include three persons from each region of the church (35 members total).

Potential members include persons “who can bring a range and diversity of knowledge, insight, and competencies related to this church’s governing documents, ecclesiology, theology, and commitment to racial justice.” This includes individuals with “expertise in or familiarity with Scripture and theology; ELCA polity, constitutions and governing policies; nonprofit governance; and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.”

The composition of the body will follow the ELCA’s representational principles (ELCA Constitution 5.01.e., 5.01.F19., and 5.01.H21.) including lay and clergy, people who identify as women, men, gender-nonbinary, gender-fluid or other genders. persons of color or whose primary language is other than English, and youth and young adults. The commission’s work will take place at two in-person meetings a year, bi-monthly online meetings, and in-between meetings from June 2023 to April 2025. Complete information and expectations are available here.

Each synod is invited to submit two potential nominees. If you want to suggest someone to be considered, please contact the Office of the Bishop at . In addition there is an open nominations process online at Deadline for consideration is March 9, 2023.