Last month the 2016 Churchwide Assembly voted to gather all those serving as lay rostered leaders – deaconesses, diaconal ministers and associates in ministry (AIMS) into one lay roster known as “Ministers of Word and Service”, effective January 1, 2017. They will also be called deacons (which means service). Ministers of Word and Service serve […]

Daily rain showers could not dampen the high spirits of the 945 CWA voting members, plus visitors and Grace Gathering attendees who have gathered in New Orleans to attend to the business of the church and celebrate 500 years of reformation. Old friends are reuniting.  Online friends meeting in person for the first time.  Beignets […]

Next week ELCA members from all over the country and the Caribbean will gather in New Orleans for the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.  The Churchwide Assembly, which meets every three years, is the primary decision-making body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A churchwide assembly is very similar to a synod assembly, only on […]