| Commission for a Renewed Lutheran Church
West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod
A town hall meeting was held Saturday, 25 February 2023, on matters related to the Commission for a Renewed Lutheran Church so that attendees could receive background information, ask questions, and discuss making nominations for the commission. This town hall was ordered by the Synod Council with the intent that it would assist Synod Council in its deliberations.
Synod Council ordered the bishop to provide appropriate
resources in advance of the town hall. The rest of this
page includes a synopsis of the actions taken by the
Churchwide Assembly 2022, the Church Council of the ELCA,
and the Executive Committee of the Church Council of the
The following is curated for your consideration.
Other resources may be added over time, so check back. Additionally, if you would like to suggest a resource, contact +Riegel.
Churchwide Assembly 2022
Action taken by Churchwide Assembly 2022:
It should be noted that the memorial advanced to
Churchwide Assembly by the WV-WMD Synod was not identical
to that which was adopted by Churchwide Assembly. The
resolving paragraph of the WV-WMD text is as follows (for full text, click here):
It should also be noted that the Northern TexasNorthern
Louisiana Synod, Northeastern Ohio Synod, Northwestern
Pennsylvania Synod, Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod,
Allegheny Synod, Lower Susquehanna Synod, and
Delaware-Maryland Synod all advanced memorials
substantively identical in the resolving paragraph to that
of the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod. The
Metropolitan Chicago Synod and the Metropolitan
Washington, D.C., Synod, however, included an additional
directive element, and it is the version advanced by these
two last synods that was adopted by the Churchwide
The Memorials Committee of the Churchwide Assembly
recommended the following operative action in its initial
You can review the background information provided by the
Memorials Committee in the published Report of the Memorials Committee
During the course of the Churchwide Assembly, the
permitted petition was submitted to request substitution
for the recommendation of the Memorials Committee. The
Memorials Committee, in response, moved the substitute
There was debate and amendment on the floor and one minor
amendment, the insertion of the word, "possible." You may
review the legislative
update (see p.4).
Church Council of the ELCA
Action taken by the Church Council of the ELCA at its
first meeting following Churchwide Assembly 2022:
CC22.11.38 To establish a Commission for a Renewed Lutheran Church consisting of no more than 35 voting members, directing the Executive Committee of the Church Council to initiate the process of forming the commission, fulfilling the responsibilities of the Church Council related to nominations in accordance with 14.41.01.c., and receiving nominations to fill positions allocated in the following manner:
Executive Committee of the ELCA
Though we do not have in our possession the minutes of
the Executive Committee of ELCA, we are informed of the
following as the course mapped out by the Executive
Committee of the ELCA.
Commitment and Expectations
The Executive Committee of the ELCA has published an
outline of the commitment &expectations of members of
the commission in the document, Commission for a Renewed Lutheran
Church: Information About Commitment and Expectations
for Commission Members. Please review.
Both the open nominations and the Synod Council nominations closed on 9 March 2023. A total of seven nominations of members of the WV-WMD Synod were received by the Churchwide Office through the open nominations process. It is possible that members of the synod nominated individuals who are not synod members; we would have no report of that. Additionally, the WV-WMD Synod Council nominated The Rev. Jason Felici and The Rev. Ben Erzkus.
SelectionThe Executive Committee of the Church Council of the ELCA now reviews all nominees and prepares a recommendation for the Church Council. Church Council will make the final selection and appointment to the commission.
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Last updated: 10 March 2023