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Living LutheranWriting God’s Love in Human DeedsSaint Paul Area Synod AssemblyPre-Assembly ReportMay 17-18, 2013 l Prince of Peace, Burnsville


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Table of ContentsGeneral Information and Assembly Highlights 4Proposed Agenda 7Acknowledgements 10Synod Council and Synod Staff 112013 Proposed Rules of Procedure 12Table of Parliamentary Terms 17Report of the Bishop 18Observances 23Report of the Vice President 24Report of the Presiding Bishop 252014 Proposed Budget Overview 272014 Proposed Budget 282014 Budget Commentary 29Budget Resolutions 31Report of the Nominating Committee 35Biographical Information 36Report of the Reference and Counsel Committee 38Resolutions 40Amendment to Constitution: Iringa Committee 48Appendix 1: Thinking More Deeply about Budgets and Priorities for Ministry 50Appendix 2: Background: Restructuring of the Bega Kwa Bega Partnership 60Bulletin of Reports 642013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 3


General Information and Assembly HighlightsImportant changes in registration for 2013Registration will be held in the Community Room in the Worship Center beginning at 7:00a.m., Friday, May 17. At registration, you will receive your name tag, voting keypad, and theAssembly Bulletin, which contains all the printed materials you will need for the business andprogram of the assembly.Please note that because of the distribution of voting keypads this year, you should plan toallow additional time to register. In addition, registration will be closed between 8:30-9:30 a.m.so that all might attend the opening worship service. If you did not register prior to the May 8deadline, you will need to register at the assembly. Please allow adequate time to register andpick up your assembly materials and voting keypad.New this year: Voting keypadsIn preparation for the 2014 synod assemblyand the election of a new bishop, votingkeypads will be introduced at this year’s synodassembly. The voting keypads provide quickaccess to results of elections and to otherresponses sought from voting members. Inaddition to using the voting keypads for elections,we will also use the keypads during ourconsideration of resolutions, table talk conductedby the bishop’s election committee, andother assembly business.Be advised that distribution of the votingkeypads will add on to the registration time. Inaddition, the registration desk will be closedduring opening worship on Friday, May 17,from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Please allow additionaltime to pick up your keypad, name tag, and assembly materials. At the conclusion of the assemblyon Saturday, each voting member must return the keypad checked out. Congregations whosevoting members do not return the keypads at the conclusion of the assembly on May 18 will beassessed a replacement fee of $50 per keypad.What is a “quasi committee of the whole?”We will use this parliamentary device several times during this assembly. The plenary acts tomove into quasi-committee of the whole for an identified number of minutes, in order to discussdetails of proposals without motions or votes being taken. Normal rules of debate apply(two-minute limit on speeches, no one speaks a second time until all others have been heard).“Quasi” indicates the chair of the assembly continues to chair during the committee of thewhole deliberation. The agenda calls for a 30-minute quasi committee of the whole on Fridayafternoon dealing with budget proposals. The reference and counsel committee is recommending12-minute sessions dealing with each of six resolutions, as explained on pages 38-39.ParkingThere are three parking lots on the campus of Prince of Peace. Please follow the signs to theWorship Center, the building in which the assembly will be held.WorshipThe opening worship service will be held Friday, May 17, at 8:30 a.m., and is open to visitorsas well as voting members and advisors. Bishop Peter Rogness will preach and preside at thisService of Holy Communion. On Saturday, May 18, morning worship begins at 8:30 a.m., andfeatures the Roseville Lutheran jazz ensemble.4 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


AccessibilityThe Worship Center is wheel chair accessible. Elevators areavailable near entrance A. Accessible parking is located inevery parking lot near the entrances. Lighting in the sanctuaryis dimmed and blinds are closed when the screens areused for projection during parts of the plenary sessions andduring worship. If you have questions about special needs,please call the synod office for assistance.Exhibits and displaysBe sure to visit the exhibits and displays in the CommunityRoom across from the sanctuary. These partners areeager to share information and stories about their work:Camp OnomiaChrist through Hands Ministry*Clergy Financial ResourcesConcordia CollegeDaily WorkELCA Parish Nurse AssociationGlobal Mission Institute/AgoraGuatemala Companion Synod Task ForceHolden VillageInstitute of Agriculture, Tumaini UniversityInterserve MinistriesInterwovenIringa Task ForceJoint Peace with Justice Committee*Kairos and AssociatesLake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible CampLocal Mission PartnersLutheran World ReliefLutheran Campus Ministry-Twin CitiesLutheran Mideast DevelopmentLutheran Social Service of MinnesotaLutherans Concerned-Twin Cities*Lyngblomsten*Miller Architects & BuildersMinnesota Council of ChurcesMission in ActionMission Investment FundOpen Hands Midway, IncPortico Benefit ServicesSaint Paul Area Council of ChurchesShoulder to ShoulderSt. Paul Partners*The James Company*Vanman Architects & Builders, Inc.Wartburg College*These organizations are helping to reduce the registrationcosts by serving as sponsors for this synod assembly.MealsYour meal ticket is the name tag you receive at registration.Your registration fee includes lunch on both daysas well as coffee, lemonade, and snacks during breaks.Canned pop is available for sale in the Community Room.SeatingVoting members and advisors will be seated at designatedtables located in the sanctuary of the Worship Center.Visitors will be seated in a designated section of thesanctuary. Some conference-style seating will be availableon a first come, first served basis in the visitor section.The greening of the synod assemblyThe Saint Paul Area Synod assembly adopted a resolutionin 2007 calling on both the synod and congregationsto find ways to reduce, re-use, and recycle. We continueeach year to seek ways to be good stewards of the environment.Please plan to bring along a travel mug forbeverages.Don’t forget to complete the evaluation form!Your comments and ideas are important to us! Helpus serve you better in the years ahead by filling out theevaluation form that will be distributed at the assemblyby the pages.When the assembly adjournsPlease leave your name tag, voting cards, and evaluationform in the boxes provided at the exits. You will receivedirections about how to turn in your voting keypad.Please note that a $50 fine will be assessed if you neglectto turn in your voting keypad before you leave.Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ELCAIn 2 Corinthians 5:17 Paul writes,“So if anyone is in Christ, thereis a new creation: everything oldhas passed away; see, everythinghas become new!” The EvangelicalLutheran Church in Americacelebrates its 25th anniversary in2013 under the theme, “Alwaysbeing made new.” As you embarkin ministry in your congregationduring this anniversary year, take a look back at the peopleand events that have shaped us as a church while lookingtoward the future together anew. We are a church that isdeeply rooted – and always being made new. Our roots arein Scripture, tradition and the Lutheran Confessions, aswell as in the vibrant communities and rich histories of ourcongregations. These roots are an ongoing source of nourishment,enabling us to be a church that is resilient, alwaysreforming and guided by the Holy Spirit.2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 5


Keynote speaker: John NunesJohn Nunes will keynote this year’s synod assembly. He serves as president and CEO of LutheranWorld Relief (LWR), a global organization that expresses profoundly diakonia in the worldas it works to end poverty, injustice, and human suffering. Prior to joining LWR, Nunes servedon the faculty of Concordia University, Chicago, as a professor of theology. He has also servedas a management consultant and as an urban parish pastor and community organizer in Dallas,Texas, and Detroit, Mich.John NunesJodi SlatteryChurchwide representative: Jodi SlatteryJodi Slattery has served since 2011 as the assistant to the presiding bishop for governance.In this role, she prepares agendas for the ELCA Church Council and Churchwide Assembly,shares leadership responsibilities for staff services and facilitates preparation of public documentson behalf of the presiding bishop. She previously served as the director for grassrootsadvocacy and communication in the ELCA Washington Office, and as the communicationsdirector for the Southeastern Iowa Synod.Assembly worship offering: ELCA Malaria CampaignThe worship offering at this year’s assembly will be directed to the ELCA Malaria Campaign,an initiative in which our church joins with African companion churches in eleven countries—Angola, Central African Republic, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania,Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe—to end malaria. Access to medications for treatment,and the ability to pay for them, keeps many malaria patients from receiving life-saving treatmentand care. Lack of access to common methods of prevention, such as insecticide-treatedmosquito nets, indoor residual spraying or water drainage, also contribute to malaria’s continuingdeath toll, especially in Africa.Please make offering checks payable to the Saint Paul Area Synod and include “AssemblyOffering” in the note. Offering envelopes are provided in the Worship Bulletin and are alsolocated on the tables in plenary hall.Assembly worship offering envelopesOffering envelopes were provided to you at registration; additional envelopes are located ontables in the plenary hall.Preparing to elect a new bishop in 2014The bishop’s election committee (BEC) will present a report of its work and lead votingmembers through table talk and gather information that will be part of a ministry site profilethat describes the context of ministry in the Saint Paul Area Synod. The ministry site profilewill help rostered leaders and congregation understand the possibilities and challenges for thissynod in the years ahead as it enters into a period of considering candidates for bishop.Companion synod partnershipsThe Bega Kwa Bega partnership has been undergoing financial and administrative restructuringthis year and anticipates the retirement of the Rev. Don and Eunice Fultz who have shapedand nurtured this partnership for more than a decade.The Guatemala partnership, though a far smaller partnership, anticipates significant changesas well because Amanda and Horacio de Castillo will move to Minnesota in May and workwith the candidacy committee to pursue rostered ministry in the ELCA. The Guatemala taskforce has been consulting with Global Mission, Bishop Horacio, and the pastoral team to assistwith the transition and to help put new systems in place that will support this partnership afterAmanda and Horacio leave. We’ll learn more about these changes and celebrate our ministrywith these global partners.6 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


Proposed AgendaFriday, May 17, 2013Unless otherwise noted, all events take place in the sanctuary.7:00 a.m. Registration Community RoomPick up voting keypads at the station just outsidethe sanctuary after you register.8:30-9:30 a.m. Registration closed for opening worship8:30 a.m. Opening worship with Holy Communion9:45 a.m. Registration resumesGathering Hymn10:15 a.m. Plenary 1Order for the Opening of the AssemblyAs there are many members in one body,So we, though many, are one body in Christ.Where two or three are gathered together in my name,There am I in the midst of them.I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received,being humble and gentle, eager to maintain the unity of theSpirit, through the bond of peace.Let us pursue justice and peace, for mutual upbuilding.The Lord be with you.And also with you.Let us pray.Lord God, you taught the hearts of your faithful people bysending them the light of the Holy Spirit. Grant that we, byyour Spirit, may have a right judgment in all things and evermore rejoice in your holy counsel; through your Son, JesusChrist our Lord.I declare this assembly to be in session in the name of theFather and of the Son and of theHoly Spirit.Amen.Welcome and Call to OrderKeynote: John Nunes, Lutheran World Relief“What in the World Is God up to?”Credentials ReportAnnouncementsAdoption of the RulesAdoption of the AgendaReport of the Nominating CommitteeTraining on Voting KeypadsChurchwide Report: Jodi Slattery, Office of the Presiding BishopAnnouncements2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 7


12:00 noon Lunch, Displays and Exhibits, Walk!Please wait until your table is dismissed to get in line for your lunch.Gathering Hymn1:30 p.m. Plenary 2Credentials ReportReport of the BishopElections: First BallotPortico Benefits Service: Steve KnutsonUpdates on Companion SynodsConsideration of the Iringa BylawReport of the Vice President: Gail Olson25th Anniversary Celebration of the Saint Paul Area Synod, ELCABreakPlenary 2 continuesGathering HymnReport of Reference and CounselResolutions1-2013: Resolutions and Conscience Bound BeliefsLuther Seminary: The Rev. Rick Foss, presidentReport of the TreasurerFinancial ReportPresentation of 2014 BudgetCommittee of the Whole Discussion: 2014 Proposed Budget (30 minutes)Report of the First BallotSecond BallotObservancesLSS Servant of Christ AwardAnnouncements5:30 p.m. Sending Prayer8 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


Saturday, May 18, 20138:30 a.m. Morning Worship9:00 a.m. Plenary 311:45 a.m. announcementsCredentials ReportReport of the Second BallotThird BallotBishop’s Election Committee: Presentation and Discussion (90 minutes)Action on BudgetB1-2013: Adjustment of Proportionate Share between the Saint PaulArea Synod and the Churchwide OrganizationB2-2013: Lutheran Campus MinistryB3-2013: Motion to AmendAdjustment of Proportionate Share between the Saint PaulArea Synod and the Churchwide OrganizationB4-2014: Motion to AmendLutheran Campus Ministry and Luther Seminary FundingDeliberation on Resolutions2-2013: Extending the Protections and Dignity of Marriage to All Persons3-2013: Ministering to Same Gender Couples and Families4-2012: Prohibiting Employment Discrimination on the Basisof Sexual Orientation Gender Identity5-2013: Reducing Gun Violence6-2013: Immigration Reform: Support of the Uniting AmericanFamilies Act (UAFA)7a-2013: Accompaniment, Awareness-Raising, and Advocacy forthe People of the Holy Land11:45 a.m. lunchPlease wait until your table is dismissed to get in line for your lunch.Gathering Hymn12:30 p.m. Plenary 4Credentials ReportReport of the Third BallotFourth BallotDeliberation on ResolutionsContinuing Business1:45 p.m. Closing and AdjournmentInstallation of those newly elected to synodical leadership, includingchurchwide assembly voting members and the members of the bishop’selection committee.Opportunities for diakonia at the close of the assembly! Don’t miss your chance!Engage in works righteousness—again this year! If your schedule allows, please stay behindfollowing adjournment and help us prepare the sanctuary for a 5:30 p.m. worship service. Helpus beat the 46-minute record established in 2010, which broke the 54-minute record of 2007!2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 9


AcknowledgementsA listing of individuals, congregations, and other groups that have provided assistancein the preparation and planning of the 2013 Saint Paul Area Synod assembly will beincluded in the Assembly Bulletin, handed out at registration on Friday, May 17,10 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


Synod Council and Synod StaffSynod Council*The Rev. Peter Rogness, bishop*Gail Olson, vice president*Claire Hoyum, secretary*Carol Hood, treasurer*Margaret Bonsack, South Central conference representativeJoy Tkachuck, at-large representativeThe Rev. Barb Lundstad-Vogt, North conference representative*Doug Johnson, East Central conference representativeThe Rev. Terry Nordheim, Southeast conference representative*Roberta Olson, at-large representativeJon Christianson, North Central conference representativeThe Rev. William Siong, at-large representativeBrenda Olson dean, South Central conferenceThe Rev. Jamie Thompson, South conference representativeAidan Zielske, youth representativeBrieanna Trovall, young adult representativeAdvisorsThe Rev. Roberta Flood, dean, North Central conferenceJoAnn Hogenson, Women of the ELCAThe Rev. John Snider, dean, Southeast conferenceThe Rev. Mike Peterson, dean, North conferenceThe Rev. Steve Schwartz, dean, South conferenceThe Rev. John Stiles, dean, East Central conferenceThe Rev. Kathryn Tiede, ELCA church council representativeThe Rev. Paul Erickson, assistant to the bishop for evangelical missionBeth Helgen, assistant to the bishop for administrationThe Rev. Susan Miller, assistant to the bishop for congregational life and missionSister Noreen Stevens, assistant to the bishop for leadership support* Executive CommitteeSaint Paul Area Synod Staff in the Office of the BishopThe Rev. Peter Rogness, bishopCyndi Berg, office managerThe Rev. Paul Erickson, assistant to the bishop for evangelical missionChristine Fifield, communications specialistBeth Helgen, assistant to the bishop for administrationJulie Keefe, program assistantThe Rev. Susan Miller, assistant to the bishop for congregational life and missionSister Noreen Stevens, assistant to the bishop for leadership supportGreg Triplett, financial administrator2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 11


Proposed Rules of Procedure for the 2013 Saint Paul Area Synod AssemblyTable of ContentsA. AgendaB. QuorumC. Floor ProceduresD. VotingE. Election of the BishopF. Election of Nominees for ELCA Church CouncilG. Election of Churchwide Assembly Voting MembersH. ElectionsI. ResolutionsJ. SeatingK. MiscellaneousA. Agenda1. The business of the assembly shall be conducted during working sessions on thedays of Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, 2013. The chair shall have authority tocall items of business before the assembly in whatever order is most expedient forconducting assembly business. Resolutions or other business not addressed by thesynod assembly shall be forwarded to the synod council.2. The agenda shall be presented and adopted at the beginning of the first plenary session.If any voting member desires to add any item of new business to the agendaafter the initial adoption of the agenda by the assembly, the voting member shallpresent such item of business to the chair. A two-thirds vote shall be required toadd the item of new business to the agenda.B. Quorum1. Fifty percent (50%) of voting members who have confirmed registration uponarrival at the assembly shall constitute a quorum as required by constitution(S7.14.).C. Floor Procedures1. Registered voting members and advisory members shall have equal privilege ofaddressing the assembly. Advisory members will have voice but no vote on mattersbefore the assembly. They shall include: rostered persons not under call (retired,on leave from call, and in study) except for those selected as voting members;lay members of committees, leadership teams, task forces and work groups; laymembers of synod assembly committees; lay members elected by this synod to bevoting members of an upcoming churchwide assembly, lay members of the synodstaff; representatives of synod partners in ministry; and representatives from ELCAsynodical, regional, and churchwide offices. Congregations, congregations underdevelopment, and synodically authorized worshiping communities may requestfrom the synod council such privilege for persons not on the ELCA clergy rosterserving in pastoral roles in the congregation prior to the registration deadline. Ifgranted, such persons pay the normal registration fees.2. Upon a motion from a voting member, a registered visitor may be granted the privilegeof voice by a two-thirds vote of the synod assembly.3. Once recognized by the chair, each speaker will state his or her name and congregationalmembership. No person may speak more than once on an item of businessuntil all others who wish to speak have had opportunity to do so.4. Except for the making of a motion, all speaking to an item by each voting oradvisory member is limited to two (2) minutes. Time will be kept by a memberof the reference and counsel committee. The chair will rotate speaking privilegesamong floor microphones and between proponents (green card) and opponents(red card) of a measure. A white card will indicate procedural questions. Debatewill terminate when three speakers have been heard on each side, unless otherwise12 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


determined by a majority vote of the assembly. All speaking to the assembly shallbe done from one of the floor microphones, and the order of the speakers will bedetermined by their order in line at the microphone.5. If a voting member recognized by the chair desires to make a motion, the motion isto be made first, before the voting member speaks to it. Once a motion is made, ifthere is a second, the voting member at the microphone may then speak in supportof the motion made.6. The chair may recognize an individual(s) to provide pertinent background informationregarding a resolution. Such speakers shall be limited to four (4) minutes.7. Discussion on any item of business shall be limited to twenty (20) minutes. Thisrule may be overturned by a two-thirds vote of the voting members.D. Voting1. Voting shall be by use of voice, voting card, or by a division of the house uponrequest. In determining the outcome of a vote, only the yes and no votes shall becounted in determining the total number of votes required for adoption. Abstentionsmay be recorded, but do not count in the vote total.2. Those in attendance at the synod assembly entitled to vote upon all matters beforethe assembly shall include:a) Lay voting members chosen by member congregations, congregationsunder development, or synodically authorized worshiping communitiesin accordance with the synod constitution (S7.21.c.).b) All ordained ministers, associates in ministry, deaconesses, anddiaconal ministers under call on the rosters of the synod (S7.24.).c) Ten percent (10%) of retired clergy on the roster of this synod electedas voting members at a caucus called by the bishop (S7.22.). Retiredclergy on the roster of the Saint Paul Area Synod who are serving asinterim pastors in the Saint Paul Area Synod shall automatically beincluded in the ten percent. Should their service conclude prior to thesynod assembly, an alternate shall be chosen.d) The officers of this synod (7.21.d) and lay members of the synodcouncil not otherwise serving as voting members (S7.27.).3. All voting members shall confirm registration upon arrival at the assembly. Novoting member shall be able to vote unless duly registered with the credentialscommittee.4. Each congregation is allotted lay voting members as follows, according to baptizedmembership: one voting member for congregations having fewer than 175 baptizedmembers. Two voting members for congregations of 175-500 members, with anadditional voting member for every 500 baptized members or major fraction thereof(i.e., 501-749 = 2 voting members; 750-1249 = 3 voting members; 1250-1749 =4 voting members, etc.).5. Each congregation shall pre-register lay voting members with equal numbers ofmales and females; the odd-numbered voting member, however, may be either maleor female.6. A pre-registered alternate voting member may be seated as voting member for oneor more complete plenary sessions. Certification of the change must be registeredwith the assembly office by the pastor or congregational president. A relinquishedvoting privilege may not be reclaimed.7. An alternate not listed on the registration rolls must have a letter of authorizationfrom his or her congregational officer or pastor in order to be registered as anofficial voting member.E. Election of a Bishop1. The bishop shall be elected by the synod assembly according to the synod constitution(S9.04.).2. If there is not an incumbent bishop eligible for re-election, each conference assemblyshall nominate up to three persons for bishop. The first ballot will includeall persons nominated through conference assemblies, with provision for writingin of additional candidates. Three-fourths (¾) of the votes cast are necessary forelection on the first ballot.2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 13


3. When the incumbent bishop is eligible and available to serve a second term, theelection by the synod assembly for the next term shall be by ecclesiastical ballot,without a conference nominating process. Three-fourths of the legal votes castshall be necessary for election on the first ballot. If no one is elected, the first ballotshall be considered a nominating ballot.4. The second ballot will be limited to seven (7) persons, plus ties, who receive thegreatest number of votes on the first ballot and who have not withdrawn theirnames. Three-fourths (3/4) of the votes cast are necessary for election on thesecond ballot. Prior to the second ballot, printed biographi¬cal information onthe seven candidates will be distributed and there will be a question and answersession between the seven candidates and members of the assembly.5. The third ballot will be limited to five (5) persons, plus ties, who receive thegreatest number of votes on the second ballot. Two-thirds (2/3) of the votes castare necessary for election on the third ballot. Prior to the third ballot, the fivecandidates will each present five-minute speeches.6. The fourth ballot is limited to three (3) persons, plus ties, who receive the greatestnumber of votes on the third ballot. Sixty percent (60 percent) of the votes cast isnecessary for election.7. Subsequent ballots are limited to two (2) persons and require a majority vote.8. An ELCA official will be present to chair the election portion of the assembly.9. Minnesota law (State Statute 604.20) requires that a background check concerningincidents of sexual misconduct be made for clergy assuming new positions.The Saint Paul Area Synod affirms this law and will comply with respect to theindividual elected as bishop. Following the election, the synod will contact allentities who have employed the bishop-elect since June 1, 2009 to request anyinformation concerning the occurrence (either prior to or subsequent to June 1,2009) of sexual contact be¬tween the bishop-elect and any person who has beencounseled by the bishop-elect.F. Election of Nominees for ELCA Church Council1. The governing documents of the churchwide organization (19.02.; 19.21.C05.)stipulate that the Minneapolis Area and Saint Paul Area Synods rotate representationon the ELCA Church Council. The Secretary of the ELCA notifies the synod ofthe specified position to be filled, and the synod presents two nominees selected atsynod assembly for election by the Churchwide Assembly.2. The synod nominating committee will present a slate of nominees and distribute biographicalinformation prior to the assembly. Prior to balloting, nominations fromthe floor will be accepted and should be accompanied by the candidate’s assent andbiographical information. Each assembly voting member shall be instructed to votefor two candidates on the first ballot. (A ballot with two votes cast for one personshall be considered invalid; a ballot may have only one vote for one candidate andbe considered valid.) Should subsequent ballots be held after one of the two slotshas been filled, assembly voting members shall vote for one person for the remainingslot. A majority of ballots cast is necessary for election. Should no candidatereceive a majority, a second ballot containing twice the number of nominees forthe slots remaining shall be taken, with voting members once again instructed tovote for two candidates. Balloting shall continue until two persons have received amajority of the number of ballots cast.3. The names of the two candidates will be forwarded to the Secretary of the ELCAfor election by the Churchwide Assembly.G. election of Churchwide Assembly Voting Members1. At-large voting members to the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly to be elected bythe synod assembly shall be nominated during the nominating committee’s reportat the first plenary session. For this election, the only required data shall be name,lay/clergy, male/female, congregational membership and whether the nominee is aperson of color or person whose primary language is other than English (PCL).2. The seventeen (17) voting members of the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assemblynominated by conference assemblies shall be ratified by the synod assembly. The14 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


ELCA constitution requires that all Churchwide Assembly voting members beelected by the synod assembly, and therefore the 17 persons selected by the conferenceassembly will be presented for ratification. The synod’s governing documents(S6.03.01.) give the right of nomination to these positions solely to the conferenceassembly; therefore no additional nominations for these 17 positions are permittedby the synod assembly. Those elected as conference representatives to the ChurchwideAssembly must be active members of a congregation in that conference at thetime of the Churchwide Assembly. Should their status change, an alternate fromthe conference shall be named.3. The six (6) at-large voting members shall be elected at-large by the 2011 synodassembly. Following the conference assembly on February 11, 2011, the synodnominating committee shall propose a slate of nominees that will meet the requirementsof S6.04.4. According to ELCA bylaw 13.41.11., the bishop is an ex-officio member of theChurchwide Assembly and need not be elected by the synod assembly.5. According to Saint Paul Area Synod bylaw S6.03.03., the vice president shall serveas an at-large voting member of the Churchwide Assembly, if available to serve.6. According to Saint Paul Area Synod bylaw S6.03.04., only one voting member,either clergy or lay, may be elected from any synod congregation with the exceptionof the congregation where the bishop is a member and the congregation where thevice president is a member. If, during the course of the Churchwide Assembly, avoting member should need to leave for an emergency, and there are no other possibilitiesfor replacing that voting member, the bishop may appoint a second memberof a congregation, including the spouse of a regularly-elected voting member.H. elections1. Nominations from the floor for non-conference elections will be accepted by thenominating committee until the completion of its report on May 17, 2013. A personwilling to serve shall be nominated by one seated voting member and secondedby at least one additional seated voting member. The following information mustbe provided: name, address, telephone number, email, congregation, conference,status (clergy/lay), and position for which being nominated.2. Elections shall be by written ballot. Unless otherwise stated, all elections must beby a majority of the legal votes cast. In all elections, including the officers otherthan the bishop, the names of the persons receiving the highest number of votes,but not elected by a majority of the votes cast on a preceding ballot, shall beentered on the next ballot. For each vacancy unfilled, the second ballot shall beone-half of the number of persons on the first ballot. If no one receives a majorityof the votes cast on the second ballot, the third ballot shall be limited to the twopersons (plus ties) who receive the greatest number of votes on the second ballot.(S9.08)3. Invalid ballots-which shall not be counted-are those ballots that:a) Are illegible;b) Contain more marks than the ballot permits;c) Contain a write-in vote, except where a write-in vote is specifically permitted.4. Ballots shall be distributed and collected only by assembly pages and/or membersof the elections committee.I. Resolutions1. All proposed resolutions other than those originating with the synod council can bedirected to the assembly only through the reference and counsel committee in accordancewith the procedures outlined in the pre-assembly materials. The referenceand counsel committee may seek to provide for engagement with the concerns/issues identified by the resolution in a manner that does not include a vote. Suchengagement may be in the form of group presentation/discussion, action-strategysessions, or other means. Any voting member wishing to bring to a vote a resolutionthat has been otherwise provided for by the reference and counsel committeemay move to suspend the rules for the purpose of considering the resolution forvote. Such a motion shall require a two-thirds vote.2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 15


2. Resolutions are deemed to have been moved for adoption and require no secondto become the business of the assembly. The reference and counsel committeeshall present resolutions to the assembly with recommendation and may includeappropriate background information. The reference and counsel committee maysubmit its own amendment or a substitute motion to the assembly as an alternativeto any proposed resolution. The reference and counsel committee may also seek tocombine resolutions addressing the same topic into one resolution to facilitate theassembly’s consideration of multiple resolutions. Such committee-drafted resolution(s)shall be submitted only after discussion with the originator of the resolution(s).An amendment or substitute motion moved by the reference and counselcommittee for adoption requires no second.3. A voting member wishing to present an amendment or substitute motion shall presentthe exact wording in writing to the secretary of the synod prior to moving theamendment, using forms available from assembly pages.4. The deadline for submitting resolutions is Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2013.5. Resolutions submitted after this deadline must be considered first by the referenceand counsel committee, and then (with or without their support) will come beforethe assembly only by means of a motion to suspend the rules for the purpose ofconsidering the late resolution. The reference and counsel committee will considerthe reason for late submission in giving its recommendation.6. Resolutions not addressed by the synod assembly shall be forwarded to the synodcouncil.7. Changes to the provisions of the constitution shall be submitted to the referenceand counsel committee in the form of a resolution over the signatures and printednames of at least eighty (80) voting members. Such resolutions shall require a twothirdsvote to pass at two consecutive synod assemblies as required by S18.13.a.8. Changes to the bylaws of the constitution shall be submitted to the reference andcounsel committee in the form of a resolution. Such resolutions shall require a twothirdsvote to pass as required by S18.21.9. Changes to the continuing resolutions (as included in the synod constitution) shallbe submitted to the reference and counsel committee in the form of a resolution.Such resolutions shall require a majority vote to pass. (S18.31.).10. The synod constitution may be amended by a simple majority vote to reflect amendmentsmade to the Model Constitution for Synods by the Churchwide Assembly(S18.12.).J. Seating1. Seating on the floor of the assembly shall be designated for voting members,advisors, and visitors. Only those persons officially registered and wearing propercredentials shall be allowed a seat in each of these designated sections.K. Miscellaneous1. Smoking shall be prohibited in all assembly facilities in accordance with Saint PaulArea Synod Assembly Resolution 87-06A.2. Any proposal increasing any line item in the proposed 2014 budget shall indicatefrom which line or lines an equal amount is to be subtracted.3. No printed materials of any kind may be distributed or posted within the assemblyhall or dining areas except by assembly pages, and only following authorizationgranted by the assembly manager as authorized by the reference and counsel committee.4. Cell phones, BlackBerrys, laptops, and other wireless electronic communicationdevices must be on silent mode in the assembly hall. Calls are not allowed in theassembly hall or meeting rooms.5. A motion to adjourn shall be debatable.6. All matters not governed by rules of this assembly or by specific assembly actionshall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised.16 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


Table of Parliamentary TermsREGULARMotion Debatable Necessary Vote Amendable EffectItem of Business Yes Majority YesPROCEDURALPresents an item ofbusiness in a form for properassembly decisionLay on the Table No Majority NoPermits consideration of moreurgent businessCall for the Question No Two-thirds No Ends the debateLimit or extend timefor debateNo Two-thirds YesPostpone Definitely Yes Majority YesRefer Yes Majority YesAmend or substitute Yes Majority YesAs stated(May be reconsidered)To delay to a definite latertime, in the next meetingPostpones action by the bodyuntil report of the committeeRefines wording or meaningof main motionRise to question oforderNo No vote No Obtains informationCall for division No No vote No Secures a counted voteRaise of question ofprivilegeNo No vote NoTake from the table No Majority NoReconsider Yes Majority NoExpresses rights of individualmembersReturns a prior motion forconsiderationMust be from member ofprevailing side on previouslyconsidered motion2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 17


Report of the Bishop: Writing God’s Love in Human DeedsDear Partners in Ministry:There are several Greek words, quickly learned in seminary courses, that remain a part of aminister’s speech long after the rest of the language course has several layers of accumulatedrust. These are words so rich and so packed with meaning in the original language that theylose something in translation because English just doesn’t seem to have a word that goes deeplyenough. I think of three in particular.Agape is the word for the completely unconditional love of God that becomes grace for us. Wetranslate agape as “love,” which doesn’t go nearly deep enough.Koinonia describes the deep fellowship of God’s people who live with and for one another andwith and for God. “Fellowship” hardly touches the depth of the Greek word koinonia.The third word is diakonia. We translate it as “service,” but, as with the other two, it goes fardeeper than that. It is service that flows from self-giving agape, service that flows from the koinoniaof the faith fellowship out into the world, service that is selfless and life-giving. Diakoniatakes the agape of God, fills the hearts and hands of the believers, and flows through themto write God’s love in human deeds in the world.This assembly is second of the three focused on Lutheran identity,embodying the theme of“Living Lutheran.” Last year we examined just what the story of being Lutheran means, a goodLutheran question.This year we talk about what living Lutheran means as we live our lives,day by day, in this world. To live Lutheran is to live lives of service. Not simply as do-gooders(although there’s nothing wrong with doing good!), but as people whose lives flow from theGod we have met in Jesus Christ.O Christ, your heart, compassionate, bore every human pain.Its beating was the pulse of God; its breadth, God’s vast domain.The heart of God, the heart of Christ combined in perfect rhymeto write God’s love in human deeds, eternity in time. 1Lutherans are no strangers to living lives of service. We are a church body that has always beenstrong in missionary activity. We still are, even with churches planted centuries ago now walkingwith us as partners. We train leaders for service around the world, we respond to disasters,we serve real human need with the gospel and with hands-on help. We do it within this synodas well, in congregation after congregation, community after community. And it is carried intoschools and neighborhoods and workplaces by the people who gather in our faith communitiesfor nurture and strengthening. God’s presence in the world moves through us, the ones writingGod’s love in human deeds.As once you welcomed those cast down and healed the sick, the blind,so may all bruised and broken lives through us your help still find.Lord, join our hearts with those who weep that none may weep alone,and help us bear another’s pain as though it were our own.Our assembly keynote speaker is John Nunes, the president of Lutheran World Relief, one ofthe vehicles our church has created to be a powerful presence in the lives of people around theglobe. You will be inspired to see through his stories how you have been about this importantwork of writing God’s love in human deeds.O Christ, create new hearts in us that beat in time with yours,that, joined by faith with your great heart, become love’s open doors.We are your body, risen Christ; our hearts, our hands we yieldthat through our life and ministry your love may be revealed.It is a good thing for us to always remember whose we are, why we cling to this faith, and howit is this loving creator wants us to live in this world—“that through our life and ministry yourlove may be revealed.”18 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


The Year Past, Repositioning, and the Year Ahead: Work Ongoing, Work RepositioningWork OngoingIn last year’s report, I spent pages giving insight into the work of the Office of the Bishop through the lens of my littledatebook, “Finding God in the Little Red Book.” This year this report will be a quick summary of some of the thingswe have seen done in this synod over the past year, but much of this report will speak to the process of “repositioning.”The events you notice posted, all of which support, equip, and resource congregations and leaders:• Assembly• Theological conference• Toolkit• Calling the Called (restructured and now called Retooling for Transition)• Mission Renewal• Jumpstart Stewardship• Constitution workshops• Communicators’ gatherings• Seminary of the Streets• Employment law workshop• Iringa festival• Guatemala festival• Ascension Day breakfast (youth workers)• New-to-the-synod gathering• Honoring anniversaries luncheonBehind the scenes work that you might connect with depending on your situation:• Candidacy: Walking with 80 candidates toward ministry;• Mobility: Assisting more than 30 congregations per year in call process, which involves arranging for interimpastors, orienting call committees, researching and communicating with candidates, installations, ordinations,consecrations, and commissionings;• Consultation and guidance for rostered ministers in regard to call process and personal and ministry issues;• First Call Theological Education; Ongoing support to rostered leaders in their first call;• Working with congregations in times of transition, conflict, and crossroads;• Guidance and oversight for new and renewing ministries;• Tending the infrastructure—synod council, finance committee, assembly committees (worship, nominating,reference and counsel, credentials, displays), representation to other ministries• Connecting congregations and leaders with other segments of the whole church’s life;• Consultation to congregational leaders about finance and financial systems, administration, communications,and governance;• Developing necessary infrastructure for companion partnerships;• Support to specialized ministers, including chaplains, teachers, and other ministry professionals.Work RepositioningReasons for Repositioning. The overview of the budget section of these pre-assembly materials (page 27) begins byacknowledging this year will involve more significant change to the shape of the budget than any year in recent memory—maybeany year since the beginning of the synod. Why? Three significant reasons:1. 25-Year Point. We continue to operate the life of the church-beyond-the-congregation in much the same way,with many of the same expectations, as when the ELCA was born in 1988 and the design for the work of synodsand the churchwide organization was set forth. Little has changed in that design, though the interveningyears have seen substantial change in the life of society, church, and the way congregations carry out ministry.The ELCA nationally acknowledged this in launching “LIFT”—Living into the Future Together—a task forceintended to re-examine broadly our life together. Other than recognizing that the heart of this church’s evangelicalmission lies in its congregations, there was little in the way of substantial re-design set forth. The currentdesign remains essentially in place, though the mission support dollars received for synod and churchwidework today have about 40 percent of the buying power they had in 1988.2. Restructuring of Bega Kwa Bega. In early 2012 we became aware of the accounting shortcomings that haddeveloped within the Bega Kwa Bega partnership—the companion synod relationship between our synod andthe Iringa Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. What had begun 12 years earlier as a smalland informal relationship between people, congregations, and ministries here had mushroomed into an annual2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 19


operation involving well over a million dollars annually in support of various projects. I convened a group ofkey leaders (the Bishop’s Working Group on Iringa), named Beth Helgen as project director, and developedrecommendations to restructure the partnership ministry so as to provide solid grounding of this amazingwork into the future. (See Appendix 2. “Background: Restructuring of the Bega Kwa Bega Partnership” onpage 60. The complete report presented at the BKB fall festival is available by contacting the synod office.)3. 2012 synod budget action. We faced a poor year of mission support in 2011 ($1,964,977, the first time thesynod was ever under $2 million). Rather than make significant cuts for the proposed 2013 budget, the councilrecommended (and the 2012 assembly passed) a budget that drew $32,000 from reserves. (We have practicedsound financial stewardship and have sufficient funds in reserves for this to be a responsible action for oneyear, but not on an on-going basis.) The intention was to then use the year between that assembly and the nextto engage in an in-depth review of our synod budgeting and ministry priorities, which the synod council hasundertaken.The Steps in the Process. Synod vice president and synod council chair Gail Olson has described in her report anumber of the steps in the review process. We are not in ministry alone, so we took care to consult with other ministrypartners. Read Gail Olson’s account on page 24 that describes the schedule of meetings and consultations in which wenot only called upon our elected leaders for their input, but also for considerable lengths of time, including one meetingthat stretched to nearly five hours!:• August—inviting/planning an October consultation among the six synods in Minnesota;• September 27 synod council meeting including the discussion of the “pre-work” questions for the October consultationand hearing the proposals emerging for the restructuring of the Iringa partnership. (Initial drafting ofresponse to the “pre-work” questions had been done by the seven persons who would represent our synod atthe October consultation.)• October 26-27—a two-day consultation with the bishops, vice presidents, four council members and one stafffrom each of the six synods reviewed the four jointly-sponsored partnership ministries [Luther Seminary,Lutheran Campus Ministry in Minnesota (LCMM), Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in Minnesota (LCP-PM), and the Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC)]; information shared included past funding patterns andchoices faced/made, synodical assessment of partnerships relation to synod work, sharing thoughts about whatmight change in the future.• November 5—joint meeting of executive committee and finance committee to discuss budget shifts;• November 8—synod council discusses outcomes of October consultation; received and discussed full set ofrecommendations regarding restructuring of Iringa partnership• November 12—joint meeting of executive committee and bishop’s working group on Iringa, negotiating agreementon future structure and support;• December 5— executive committee assesses discussions, frames recommendations for January council meetingto consider;• January 17 synod council—extended discussion and adoption of a number of motions and recommendationsto set in motion four consultations and several budget recommendations for consideration in March. The fullset of recommendations and supporting rationale is contained in the document, “Thinking More Deeply aboutBudgets and Priorities for Ministry,” on page 50.• January 31—synod council members meet with Christina Jackson Skelton, executive director of the missionadvancement unit of the churchwide organization and member of the presiding bishop’s administrative teamfor consultation about the recommendation to adjust the synod/churchwide proportionate share.• February 25—finance committee reviews final 2012 financial report, recommends budget to synod council• February 27—consultation among the bishops of Region 3 and churchwide staff that oversees the work ofregional coordinators to consider SPAS proposal for reconfiguring the work of the regional coordinator.• March 8—full-day consultation among the bishops and vice-presidents of the six synods in Minnesota aboutthe dissolution of the state-wide campus ministry organization LCMM, and the re-assessment of the model andfunction of public advocacy as currently done by LCPPM.• March 21 synod council—report from all four consultations. Final discussion of proposals that have emergedfrom this process. Adoption of the full set of re-positioning proposals that now proceed to the synod assembly.The Key Elements of Repositioning• The congregation as the primary locus of the life of the church. Lutherans understand “church” as the placewhere the Word is preached and Sacraments nurtured. We have always regarded the local congregation as thefundamental place where this happens. The LIFT process identified congregations as the primary place of theevangelical mission of this church.20 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


• The synod as connective tissue. The synod is not an entity separate from your congregation, a distinct charityor ministry like others you may choose to support. It is the connective tissue that the local congregation haswith the church universal in the widest sense, and the work of this church body—the ELCA—in a specificsense. So the function of the synod is to support, equip, and resource the local congregation and to providecatalysts and channels for the congregation’s wider ministry in the world.• The recognition that congregational support of ministry beyond itself has changed as the world has changedover these past decades. Fifty years ago 20 percent or more of a congregation’s budget commonly went to themission of the larger church. That figure is now about five percent, but congregations do many of these samethings beyond themselves, but often in different ways. (See page 52 of “Thinking More Deeply about Budgetsand Priorities for Ministry” which uses our Bega Kwa Bega work as a case study in these dynamics.)• The need to use the smaller resources of a synod to continue to provide the basic needs of congregations bothin their local life and in making possible and effective the work that emanates from them into the world. Therelationships and mutual knowledge between congregation and church-beyond-the-congregation remains vital.These key elements result in a series of repositioning proposals• Adjustment of the proportionate share split between the synod and churchwide expression. Our synod hasdone a 50/50 split from the beginning of the ELCA. At the time, we were the lowest of the six Minnesotasynods in percent sent to churchwide. The average of all six was 54.5 percent. In 2012 the average for the sixwas 51.7 percent, meaning that the other five synods had decreased their percentage by 3.8 percent while theSaint Paul Area Synod remained the same. In 2012 the average across the entire ELCA was 48.67 percent. Iftrends of the past few years continue across the church, our proposed level of 47.5 percent will be close to themidpoint of synodical proportionate share. Such adjustments over the years have reflected the change in theways the church does ministry.• Holding current staff levels in the Office of the Bishop. Over the years the synod staff levels have slowly beenreduced. The council’s assessment is that it is important to maintain capacity for the vitality of relationshipsand needs of local congregations and provide sufficient infrastructure for the many channels of ministry thatmove from local congregations to other ministries.• Shifting the model of support for Lutheran Campus Ministry in Minnesota. As is explained in “Thinking moreDeeply” page 55 and in the commentary on the budget page 29, the last 10 years have seen a large shift in thesupport for the nine campus ministry sites in the state. Those sites are no longer a statewide ministry but arenine separate local ministries, supported by a combination of churchwide, synod, and local funding, and lookingto synods and surrounding congregations for guidance rather than to a state organization. Our synod wasone of two that has held state funding strong while others made drastic cuts. We propose similarly shifting ourfunding to a local basis, phasing it in over three years to allow time for planning and adjustment.• Significant increase in support of the infrastructure needed to efficiently undergird the complex andwide-ranging work done in our partner relationship with the Iringa Diocese. For fuller explanation, see theBega Kwa Bega restructuring material on pages 60-63, and the budget commentary on page 30.• The smaller reduction in funding of the Minnesota Council of Churches places us at the same support level as theother ELCA synods in Minnesota. (“Thinking More Deeply about Budgets and Priorities for Ministry,” page 57.)• Finally, the decision was also made that support for theological education needs to remain as strong as we cankeep it. The synod council came to regard seminaries not as external ministry projects (and perhaps shouldn’teven be listed as a “partnership ministry”), but rather as a part of the very life-blood of the church as it trainsits leaders for work now and into the future.Two final comments regarding these proposals:1. We have consistently used the term “repositioning” rather than “cuts,” since we always believe that we aresimply stewards of resources at any given time, and seek to do the most faithful ministry possible with what wehave. As the beginning portion of “Thinking More Deeply” points out, it is not a bad thing to be brought to apoint of re-assessing ministry patterns and priorities. I think the council has done that well.2. I expect this discussion to be challenging. Change is hard. I wrote that in an e-letter 1 when these proposalswere first sent out. But there comes a time to be willing to be bold and take on the risk of change. I believe thesynod council’s proposals have done this faithfully and well.1“Old Habits Die Hard” http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs178/1102261798907/archive/1112283901215.html2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 21


ObservancesAnniversariesOrdination, Commissioning, Consecration25 yearsThe Rev. Elizabeth LarsonThe Rev. Mary LundThe Rev. Bonnie NashThe Rev. Karsten NelsonThe Rev. Patricia OndarkoThe Rev. Carol Tomer40 yearsThe Rev. Mark BeckerThe Rev. Brian BerginThe Rev. Paul BjorklundThe Rev. James BorgschatzThe Rev. Paul LarsenThe Rev. Jerome MalakThe Rev. Lloyd MartThe Rev. Peter Rogness50 yearsThe Rev. David GuenzelThe Rev. James JensonThe Rev. Robert E. JohnsonThe Rev. Keith LentzThe Rev. Harold W. Olson, Jr.The Rev. Roger Prescott55 yearsThe Rev. Richard BorgstromThe Rev. Lowell ErdahlThe Rev. Donald FredineThe Rev. Wilmer FriesthThe Rev. Raymond GeistThe Rev. Lawrence MartinThe Rev. Paul OfstedalThe Rev. Kenneth RoufsThe Rev. Thomas Schultz60 yearsThe Rev. Roald CarlsonThe Rev. Lowell HelstedtThe Rev. Gerhard Vorland65 yearsThe Rev. Marbury Anderson70 yearsThe Rev. Robert HurtyRetirementsThe Rev. Luther DaleThe Rev. Don FultzThe Rev. Craig HansonThe Rev. Paul LarsenThe Rev. David OlsonThe Rev. Gordon PetersonThe Rev. Timothy PetersonCongregational Anniversaries25 yearsAll Saints, Eagan75 yearsNewport, Newport100 yearsSt. Luke, St. Paul125 yearsFaith, Forest LakeWelcome!The Rev. Marla Amborn, Immanuel, AlmelundThe Rev. John Degelau, retiredThe Rev. Mary Sue Dreier, Luther SeminaryThe Rev. Darin Easler, Fairview Ridges, BurnsvilleThe Rev. Eric Elkin, St. Luke, Cottage GroveElizabeth Feltes, AiM, Prince of Peace, BurnsvilleThe Rev. Nicole Fielder, Christ, Marine on St. CroixThe Rev. Derek Fossey, Memorial, AftonThe Rev. Tania Hammer-Luken, Bethesda HospitalNina Joy Hansen, AiM, Our Savior’s, Circle PinesThe Rev. Hollie Holt-Woehl,Light of the World, FarmingtonThe Rev. Robert Johnson, retiredThe Rev. Margaret Kelly, Shobi’s Table, St. PaulThe Rev. Christopher Kinney, On Leave from CallThe Rev. John Klawiter, Prince of Peace, RosevilleThe Rev. Robert Kleinke, retiredThe Rev. Shawn Mai, United HospitalThe Rev. Joy McDonald-Coltvet,St. Paul-Reformation, St. PaulThe Rev. Meredith McGrath, Elim, ScandiaThe Rev. Ronald Nielsen, retiredSister LaDonna Olson, Fish Lake, HarrisThe Rev. David R. Olson, retiredThe Rev. Bradley Schmeling, Gloria Dei, St. PaulThe Rev. Lynda Thompson, Incarnation, ShoreviewThe Rev. Kelli Weiss, Our Saviour’s, HastingsThe Rev. Kevin Woestehoff,Farmington, FarmingtonThe Rev. Samuel Wolff, Easter, EaganIn MemoryThe Rev. Winfield Johnson, June 20, 2012The Rev. Arthur Nickel, July 11, 2012The Rev. Leman Olsenius, October 6, 20122013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 23


Report of the Vice PresidentSince the 2012 synod assembly, the synod council has spent much of its time considering howto restructure the synod budget to place greatest emphasis on key missional activities withinthe continuing reality of flat resources. We know that many congregations have walked thesame path. In recent years we explored what it means to be a synod organization and restructuredand reduced synod staffing to the minimum we believe is necessary to sustain the essentialoperations of a synod organization.The need to reexamine the budget for mission partners was evident when we asked last year’ssynod assembly to adopt a deficit budget with the expectation that new recommendationswould be brought forward this year. Over the past year, the synod council considered whetherto continue to whittle away at the individual budgets of our mission partners by making annualincremental reductions, or to make more fundamental decisions about the synod’s missionpriorities. As you will see in the proposed budget, we chose the latter. Well before the financialdistress of Luther Seminary was fully understood, the synod council concluded that seminaryeducation is essential to the well-being of the church and should be supported as strongly aspossible by the synod. And we have come to more clearly articulate the importance of our Iringaconnections to synod congregations, their members, the synod as a whole, and the place thiswork has in the life of the whole ELCA.As we began our work to determine what to recommend to this assembly regarding missionsupport, it was clear that decisions made by the Saint Paul Area Synod would have an impactnot only on our partner ministries, but also the other Minnesota synods. The six Minnesotasynods, along with the churchwide organization, jointly support Luther Seminary, LutheranCampus Ministry of Minnesota (LCMM) and the Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy (LCPPM)in Minnesota. Reductions by a synod either reduce the budgets of those ministries or increasethe burden on other synods to make up the difference. With that in mind, we asked the bishopsand other top leaders of the other five Minnesota synods to join us for two days in Octoberto consider these questions. Following that meeting, our synod council took action to requestconsultation with churchwide representatives on changing the percentage of missional supportforwarded to the churchwide office. Second, the council requested another all-day meetingwith the bishops and vice presidents of the other Minnesota synods to discuss possible financialand organizational changes to LCMM and LCPPM. At each turn, our questions focused onwhat the synod’s mission priorities should be and how best to meet them. The budget decisionsyou will be considering at the 2013 synod assembly are the product of much prayer and manydiscussions over the past year, and we expect will be the focus of much prayer and discussionat the assembly.I want to assure you that the synod continues to grow and strengthen in its operations, withappropriate procedures and safeguards in place to maintain a healthy operation. I will makeone last pitch for each congregation to make sure its “house” is in order. We do God no serviceby ignoring the infrastructure needed to ensure that we are stewarding our resources—bothorganizational and financial—in the strongest possible way. It’s the only way we can do themission God calls us to do.Finally, thank you for the privilege of serving in this role for the past eight years. The SaintPaul Area Synod is an amazing place to be church together; I wish you all God’s blessings asyou continue to walk shoulder to shoulder with each other and across the globe.Gail Olson24 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


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Overview: 2014 Proposed Budget for the Saint Paul Area SynodThe budget proposal for 2014 includes a more substantial re-positioning than any budget inrecent years—perhaps more than in any single year in the 25 years of the synod’s life. Thisrepositioning is described more fully in other material presented to assembly members.The revision arises in part from the budget action of the assembly in 2012 at which time a budgetwas adopted that drew from reserves to balance, with the understanding that the ensuingmonths would bring about a significant re-assessment. That process is explained in the Reportof the Bishop and the Report of the Vice President. From a lowest-ever mission support level of$1,964,977 in 2011, a conservative projection of mission support going forward was used toavoid making promises that couldn’t be kept.The proposed budget for 2014 reflects the repositioning resulting from this re-assessment. Thebudget commentary notes that follow explain the changes in brief. The fuller explanation andrationale informing these changes are explained in the Report of the Bishop, in the “ThinkingMore Deeply” material, and in the background material about the re-structuring of the IringaBKB partnership. Two proposed amendments (B3 and B4) to the budget were sent in priorto the resolution deadline and are also printed following the commentary. Two other budgetresolutions (B1 and B2) will be presented in support of budget proposals. Bishop Rogness willexplain how the assembly will conside these four.The agenda for the assembly allows a significant period of time on Friday for “committee of thewhole” discussion of the budget, in addition to time allotted on Saturday for action.Finance Committee*Richard Gunderson, Grace, St. Paul+Carol Hood, treasurer*The Rev. Gary Medin, Incarnation, North Oaks*David Laden, Como Park, St. PaulThe Rev. Peter Rogness, bishopAdvisorsGreg Triplett, financial administratorBeth Helgen, assistant to the bishop for administration* Audit Committee+ Committee ChairFinancial AuditThe external audit of the synod finances was performed in April by Mahoney, Ulbrich, Christiansen,Russ, PA, Certified Public Accountants. The results of the audit are examined by theaudit committee and shared with the executive committee and the synod council, usually at theJune meeting. A copy of the management letter is available by contacting the synod office.2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 27


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Commentary on the 2014 Proposed Budget for the Saint Paul Area SynodThe 2014 proposed budget is based on what the SaintPaul Area Synod estimates it will receive in 2014:IncomeCongregational Mission Support is budgeted taking intoaccount the shortfall experienced in 2010 and 2011,which resulted in a significant downward revision of the2012 budget in January 2012 by the synod council. The$1,964,977 of congregational mission support in 2011was the lowest amount ever, alleviated somewhat by severalsupport checks received early in 2012 intended for2011. Taken together, the Mission Support expectationlevel for 2014 was set at $2,000,000.Churchwide Expense Offset from Congregational andSynodical Mission (CSM) provides partial support forin-office expenses for the assistant to the bishop for evangelicalmission, the position funded by the churchwideCSM unit.Salary Offset for Companion Synod reflects some revenuesanticipated to cover the increase in the financial administrator’stime because of the increased financial activity incoordinating funding for our companion partnerships.Interest and Miscellaneous includes income frominterest on checking accounts as well as miscellaneousincome.Designated Funds for New Missions include $13,000from the two endowment funds the synod has establishedto support new ministries (the Erdahl fund) and ministriesamong the poor (the Mount Carmel fund).Transfer from Reserves (on 2013 budget) represents theaction of last year’s synod assembly, which also broughtforward the “Thinking More Deeply” process which hasled to the budget changes proposed in this 2014 budget.ExpendituresSynodical Support of ELCA Churchwide Mission isproposed to be adjusted from 50 percent of undesignatedcongregational mission support to 47.5 precent. Thecontribution is calculated and submitted monthly.Synod Partnership Ministries include support for thissynod’s six partners in ministry—agencies, institutions,and specialized ministries supported through the synodbudget. Partners in ministry receive monthly fundingthrough mission support income using a formula basedon the percentage of total support the partner receives.The formula maintains each ministry’s support as a fixedpercentage of the overall mission support given by congregations.The synod council completed a program reviewwith each partner in 2007; all six Minnesota synodsjoined in a conversation with these partners in 2008 and2010. In October of 2012 about 40 members of synodcouncils of the six synods in Minnesota gathered togetherfor mutual consultation that included a focus on the fourstate-wide ministries supported by all six synods: LutherSeminary, Lutheran Campus Ministry of Minnesota, theLutheran Coalition for Public Policy in Minnesota, andthe Minnesota Council of Churches. Even with revisedfigures proposed for 2014, the Saint Paul Area Synodremains among the highest in percentage of our budgetused for support of these partners. A brief overview ofeach partner in ministry follows:Luther Seminary relies on support from the ELCAchurchwide and synods in Regions 1 and 3 in additionto tuition and income from designated giving for itsoperating expenses. Synod and churchwide support accountsfor less than 10 percent of the budget of LutherSeminary.Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM) supports ELCAministries with students on campuses at Bemidji, Duluth,Mankato, Marshall, Moorhead, Morris, St. Cloud,the Twin Cities, and Winona. LCM originally reliedtotally on support from synods and churchwide for itsbudget. Prior to 2010 the responsibility for governance(budgets, personnel, program) rested with the stateorganization, LCM. In 2011 each local ministry wasincorporated and local boards were given responsibilityfor governance and oversight, working more closelywith their synods and surrounding congregations forthe life and support of these ministries. The state entity,LCM, continues as the recipient and disburser of synodbudgeted funds, though change is now being consideredas a result of consultations initiated by the Saint PaulArea Synod’s work of the past year. (See Appendix 1,“Thinking More Deeply about Budgets and Priorities forMinistry” on page 50, and the Report of the Bishop onpage 21.)ELCA Colleges and Universities was to receive fundingfrom all 65 synods as the ELCA was formed. Overthe years that funding has diminished substantially asit represented a very small portion of the budgets ofthese institutions. The Saint Paul Area Synod helpedsupport the 12 ELCA colleges in Regions 3 and 5(Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa,and Illinois). This support line was a small amountof a college’s budget, recognizing that as a very smallproportion of actual operating costs, the presence offinancial support (about $90 per college in 2013) wasmore symbolically significant than financially critical.The 2014 proposed budget eliminates this amount, arecognition of the insignificance of these dollars.2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 29


Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in Minnesota(LCPPM) is funded by all the Minnesota synods and theELCA’s Congregational and Synodical Mission (CSM)unit. Funding supports staffing and program expensesfor this ministry which provides a Lutheran voice inpublic policy advocacy. In addition to our financial contribution,our synod has provided rent-free office spacefor LCPPM.Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC) is an autonomous,interdenominational organization of membercommunions throughout Minnesota. Through the MinnesotaCouncil of Churches, we work jointly with otherchurch bodies.Southeast Asian Ministry was a ministry launched withthe aid of the Saint Paul Area Synod in 1988; it workedwith the spiritual and physical needs within the immigrantcommunity for not only those from SoutheastAsia, but also from other parts of the world. As fundingsources diminished and more agencies provided theseservices, SEAM closed its doors in December of 2012,and thus does not appear on the proposed 2014 budget.Synod Ministries include funding that supports workthat arises out of the collective mission and ministry ofthe Saint Paul Area Synod and efforts that equip andsupport leaders and congregations.Region 3 Fair Share support includes the work oursynod does cooperatively with the other eight synods inRegion 3, focusing on candidacy and mobility issues,and oversight of the campus ministries in the region.This budget line also includes our synod’s support forthe synod archives located at Luther Seminary. Region3 is an administrative entity in the ELCA structure andis funded on per member dues by the nine constituentsynods.The Planned Giving Partnership includes both metrosynods, the ELCA Foundation, and ELCA agencies andinstitutions in and around the Twin Cities to supportthe work of the full-time regional gift planner whoworks with congregations and individuals in this synodaround planned giving for ELCA ministries. We provideadministrative support for this effort and receive $1200in annual income for this service.Companion Synod: Iringa and Guatemala Seventycongregations are partnered with congregations inTanzania. These funds support infrastructure related tothose partnerships, the work of our companion synodcoordinators in Iringa, and exchange visits. The companionsynod relationship with the Augustinian LutheranChurch of Guatemala involves nine congregations inpartnerships. A significant change in the re-positioningof the synod’s budget and priorities for ministry is reflectedin the increase of $20,000 in 2014 for the Iringawork. (See additional information in the Report of theBishop, the “Thinking More Deeply…” document, andthe Bega Kwa Bega restructuring explanation.) Regardingthe relative size of these support amounts: theproposed $43,000 support for the Iringa relationship is3.5 percent of the total $1,200,000 in annual support ofministry projects in Iringa; the $6,000 support for Guatemalais 5.4 percent of the #110,000 in annual supportof ministry projects in ILAG.Evangelical Mission (the lines formerly identified as“Mission Strategy Development” and “EOCM/SynodMission Start-up”) provides financial support from thesynod to new and renewing ministries as they relateto the work done by synods in collaboration with theCongregational and Synodical Mission unit of thechurchwide organization. The increase from $20,000to $26,000 reflects the inclusion of money generated bythe Erdahl and Mount Carmel endowments.Line items for candidacy, call process, first call theologicaleducation, rostered support, and assistance tocongregations, children, youth, and family ministry,gatherings for rostered persons, communications, andvarious committees and task force groups providefunding and support for leaders and congregations. Thecommunications line item funds all electronic and printcommunications.Synod Staff Ministry reflects office and personnel expensesrelated to salary and benefits for 7.2 FTE (salaryand benefits for the assistant to the bishop for evangelicalmission are paid by the churchwide organization),continuing education, office expenses (includes rent andutilities), general expenses around auditing, contractedservices, equipment, insurance, telephone, and data base.The restructuring of Bega Kwa Bega includes some additionalfinancial staff time.30 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


Budget ResolutionsB1-2013Adjustment of Proportionate Share between the Saint Paul Area Synod and the Churchwide Organization1234567891011121314151617181920212223WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,RESOLVED,RESOLVED,RESOLVED,mission support funding of ELCA ministry beyond the local congregation is to be shared proportionately by thesynod and the churchwide organization; andsince 1988 that proportion has been 50%/50% between the Saint Paul Area Synod and the churchwideorganization; andfrom time to time many—perhaps most—other synods have reassessed their proportion and haveadjusted the division to increase the amount administered by the synod and decreased the amount senton to the churchwide organization; andsuch movement reflects the dramatically increased congregational funding of mission work with which they arerelated (for example, current local annual funding for our work in Iringa is $1,200,000, Guatemala $110,000,and local ministry starts $116,000, in addition to other smaller initiatives 1 ; andit is critically important for the health and cohesion of the entire church body that synods continue to have thecapacity to be in personal, supportive, and missional relationships with local congregations and leaders; andthe Synod Council of the Saint Paul Area Synod has undertaken a thorough review of ministry priorities andrelationships leading to a number of questions raised around budgets and funding and ministry models;therefore be itthat the Saint Paul Area Synod Council initiate required consultation 2 with the churchwideorganization for the purpose of adjusting the proportion of mission support spent at the synodand churchwide levels to a proportion of 52.5% at the synod level and 47.5% at the churchwidelevel for 2014; and be it furtherthat the most effective proportionate levels continue to be a focus of mutual consultation beyond2014; and be it furtherthat the Saint Paul Area Synod leadership and congregations seek ways to expand awareness ofand support for the mission done together as a church body at all levels.1Congregations of this synod provide substantial support for related ministries such as Mission Jamaica, GlobalHealth Ministries, China Service Ventures, Feed My Starving Children, the seminary in Bratislava, and many others.2Consultation was held January 31, 2013, with Christina Jackson Skelton, executive director of the Mission Advancementunit of the ELCA churchwide organization.Adopted by the Saint Paul Area Synod Council, January 17, 2013, in support of the 2014 budget proposal.2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 31


B2-2013Lutheran Campus Ministry12345678910111213141516171819WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,RESOLVED,the Saint Paul Area Synod Council has joined the other synods in Minnesota in acknowledging the importanceof Lutheran Campus Ministry for young adults studying at our public universities; anddeclining statewide and churchwide support resulted in the decentralization of the governance and oversightstructure to the nine local campus ministries in the state; andthe benefit of this change has been to emphasize the importance of finding ways in which this ministry mightbe brought under the umbrella of local congregations within the communities served by the campus ministriesfor oversight and funding; andthe state board continues to function only as a locus for gathering funds from the six synod budgets anddisbursing them to the nine campus ministry sites; andwithdrawing our support affects local chapters throughout the state; therefore be itthat the Saint Paul Area Synod Council approves the following actions to be forwardedto the 2013 Saint Paul Area Synod Assembly, and for further consideration by the subsequentassemblies in 2014 and 2015; and be it furtherRESOLVED, to reduce, beginning in 2014, our contribution to Lutheran Campus Ministry from $100,000to $75,000, with $60,000 directed to the state board and $15,000 to the local chapterLutheran Campus Ministry-Twin Cities; in 2015, to reduce the amount to $50,000 in 2015,with $30,000 directed to the state board and $20,000 to the local chapter; and to reduce theamount in 2016 to $40,000 with the total directed to the local chapter 1 :State Board Local Chapter Total2014 $60,000 $15,000 $75,0002015 $30,000 $20,000 $50,0002016 0 $40,000 $40,0001Actions taken at a synod assembly around finances cannot bind future assemblies. The amounts of the contributionslisted for 2015 and 2016 would need to be acted upon by synod assemblies in 2014 and 2015.Adopted by the Saint Paul Area Synod Council, January 17, 2013, in support of the 2014 budget proposal.32 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


B3-2013: Motion to AmendAdjustment of Proportionate Share between the Saint Paul Area Synod and the Churchwide Organization123456789101112131415161718Whereas,Whereas,Whereas,Whereas,Whereas,Whereas,RESOLVED,RESOLVED,the proposed total reductions in support to synodical partnership ministries would result in a 35% reductionover three years; and,the Synod Council has proposed reducing the proportionate share that the Saint Paul Area Synod will sharewith the ELCA churchwide organization, from 50%, to 47.5% (which will equal $50,000 in 2014); and,it is true that some congregations offer direct support to various partnership ministries and benevolencerecipients, thereby shifting the avenues for support that exist in our church; and,it is true that congregational members also offer direct support to various partnership ministries andbenevolence recipients, yet congregations are encouraged to sustain and grow levels of congregationalbenevolence support for synodical/ELCA mission support and other recipients; and,sharing funds with the ELCA churchwide organization and with partnership ministries are two of the waysthat the synod acknowledges that it is part of something bigger than itself, a value that the synod hopescongregations will embody in their own budgets; and,the Saint Paul Area Synod is a model for congregations, in how it lives out our shared values; therefore be itthat the proposed 2014 budget be amended to change the proportion of mission support spentat the synod and churchwide levels to a proportion of 52.25% at the synod level and 47.75%at the churchwide level for 2014; and be it furtherthat resulting decrease of $5,000 for the synod budget because of this amendment bededucted from the Luther Seminary partnership grant.Adopted by the vestry of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, St. Paul, March 19, 20132013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 33


B4-2013: Motion to AmendLutheran Campus Ministry and Luther Seminary FundingNote: Pilgrim Lutheran Church submitted Part 1 and Part 2 as two separate resolutions. Since assembly rulesrequire that “Ány proposal increasing any line item in the proposed 2014 budget shall indicate from whichline or lines an equal amount is to be subtracted.” (K.2) The two are here yoked together to be considered andvoted on as one.123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627Part 1.Whereas,Whereas,Whereas,Whereas,RESOLVED,Part 2.Whereas,Whereas,RESOLVED,the proposed reductions in the Saint Paul Area Synod budget in support to synodical partnership ministrieswould result in a 60% reduction over three years in support to Lutheran Campus Ministry in our state andlocally, which would be the synodical partnership ministry receiving the largest cut in dollars over those threeyears; andLutheran Campus Ministry sites in our state have no development staff, and as support from synods in thestate have decreased, the ministry staff and boards at each site are forced to spend more time in fundraisingactivities, rather than in campus ministry work; andif Minnesota synods move toward funding only the campus ministry sites within their synod, it will result ingreater challenges for those ministry sites located within a synod where there is more than one campusministry site; andMartin Luther and the reformers lifted up the holiness of all the ways in which the neighbor is served throughthe various roles and responsibilities of God’s people, roles and responsibilities that campus ministries seek toengage and support in the faith development and vocational journeys of young adults, in contrast to the primary(but not exclusive) focus of seminaries being the preparation of people for church-related vocations; therefore be itthat the proposed 2014 budget be amended to increase the proposed support of LutheranCampus Ministry to $80,000, with $65,000 directed to the state board and $15,000 to thelocal chapter Lutheran Campus Ministry-Twin Cities.Luther Seminary will be the largest recipient of synodical partnership funds in the Saint Paul Area Synodbudget, beginning in the proposed 2014 budget, and even if $5,000 of its grant are shifted to campus ministryand $5,000 to the ELCA, it will by 2015 still be the largest recipient of synodical partnership funds, if otherplanned cuts continue; and,Luther Seminary has a development team of ten employees and therefore has resources for seeking supportacross the whole ELCA and beyond; therefore be itthat the proposed 2014 budget be amended to decrease the proposed support of Luther Seminary by$5,000.Adopted by the vestry of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, St. Paul, March 19, 2013.34 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


Report of the Nominating CommitteeNominating CommitteeMike Johnson, chairThe Rev. Doug DuinSarah StorvickThe Rev. Tim BernardThe Rev. Renee PattersonThe Rev. Bonnie WilcoxMargaret BonsackBishop Peter Rogness, staffBeth Helgen, staffNominationsNominations from the floor will be acceptedby the nominating committee until thecompletion of its report on May 17, 2013. Aperson willing to serve shall be nominated byone seated voting member and seconded byat least one additional seated voting member.The following information must be provided:name, address, telephone number, email,congregation, conference, status (clergy/lay)and position for which being nominated.Elected at Conference AssembliesAt conference assemblies on February 9, atRedeemer, White Bear Lake, the followingpersons were elected:Nominating CommitteeSarah Storvick, Southeast ConferenceThe Rev. Marla Amborn, North ConferenceSynod CouncilJon Christianson, North Central Conference(re-elected to a second term)Conference DeanThe Rev. Ryan Brodin, North Central ConferenceThe Rev. Dan Streeper, East Central ConferenceThe Rev. David Wrightsman, South Conference2013 Synod Assembly ElectionsSynod Council Vice PresidentLay (elect one)Carol Hood, Mount Calvary EaganSynod Council Youth RepresentativeLay (elect one)Sydney Diekmann, Resurrection, WoodburyLeif Olson. Shepherd of the Valley, Apple ValleySynod Council At-Large Representative (PCL + )Lay Female (elect one)Joy Tkachuck*, Arlington Hills, St. PaulSynod Council At-Large RepresentativeLay or Clergy, PCLThe nominating committee continues to seek a nomineefor this vacancy.Committee on ConsultationLay Female (elect one)Lisa Sauer, Hosanna, Forest LakeClergy Male (elect one)The Rev. John Keller, Resurrection, WoodburyCommittee on DisciplineLay Male or Lay Female (elect one)Shirley Zierke, St. Paul, WyomingLay Male (elect one)Andrew Lowther, Gustavus Adolphus, St. PaulClergy Male (elect one)The Rev. Roland Hayes, St. Michael’s, Roseville+Person of color or person whose first language is otherthan English. Our synod’s governing documents statethat it is a goal to have ten percent of the members ofsynod council be persons of color or those whose firstlanguage is not English.* Incumbent2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 35


Biographical InformationSynod OfficerSynod Council Vice PresidentLay (elect one)Carol Hood, Mount Calvary EaganOccupation: Non-profit business and finance director. Involvement in the life of the Saint PaulArea Synod or larger church: Currently in seventh year as synod treasurer. Previously served astreasurer for ten years in the Metropolitan New York Synod. Chair of the finance committee. CWAvoting member in 2009. Involvement in your congregation: Served as council president, vicepresident, and chair of various council committees, including the call and transition committees.Involvement in community: Served as president of the board of the Eagan Resource Center, a communityfood shelf and resource center.Synod CouncilSynod Council Youth RepresentativeLay (elect one)Sydney Diekmann, Resurrection, WoodburyOccupation: Student. Involvement in the Saint Paul Area Synod or larger church: Summer missiontrips. Involvement in your congregation: High school youth group, youth band, annual Faithin ACT!ON Day project leader. Invovement in your community: Volunteer transporter for MinnesotaBoxer Rescue; Relay for Life participant.Leif Olson, Shepherd of the Valley, Apple ValleyInvolvement in the life of the Saint Paul Area Synod or larger church: Our Daily Bread food shelf,which serves Dakota County through 360 Communities. Involvement in your congregation: OurDaily Bread food shelf— donations, filling orders for clients, direct contact with clients throughcarry out of groceries; serve together opportunities with my family; Diggers Group (confirmationgroup for those students that want to dig deeper into the Word); Eagle Scout project participation—re-landscapethe playground; projected Eagle Scout project—build lawn chairs and patio areain back of church for an outdoor reflection space; Involvement in your community: Boy Scouts,Troop 270; Tae Kwon Do teacher for ages 5 to adult; Salvation Army bell ringer; instructor for BoyScouts of American National Youth Leadership training.Synod Council At-Large Representative (PCL + )Lay Female, PCL (elect one)Joy Tkachuck*, Arlington Hills, St. PaulOccupation: Information technology manager at Park Nicollet Health System. Involvement in thelife of the Saint Paul Area Synod or larger church: Member of the Synod Council; chair, 2010-2012 multicultural task force.; member of the synod antiracism task force. Regularly participate insynod Tool Kit training events, South Central conference assemblies, synod assemblies, antiracismand social justice programs. Whenever possible I try to lend a helping hand when needed for planningor providing hospitality at synod events. Involvement in your congregation: Served as churchcouncil president; member of the mission profile committee, call committee, PCD Board, communioncoordinator, church choir. Involvement in your community: Maplewood commissioner servingon the Housing and Economic Development Commission; St. Mary University of Minnesota alumniboard; Polycom user group; volunteer clean up events at work and in the community.Synod Council At-Large Representative(PCL + )Lay or Clergy, PCLThe nominating committee continues to seek a nominee for this vacancy.36 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


Committee on ConsultationCommittee on ConsultationLay Female (elect one)Lisa Sauer, Hosanna, Forest LakeOccupation: Elementary music specialist. Involvement in the Saint Paul Area Synod or larger church: Rethinking Stewardship;workshops for call committees. Involvement in your congregation: Youth choir director; substitute Sunday schoolteacher and piano player; council member and congregation officer; personnel committee; administration task force; callcommittee chair. Involvement in your community: private piano and voice lessons; coaching with sports and fundraisers forevents; school, city and church volunteer; community problem solving coach; mentor for new teachers in Forest Lake publicschool system; music department chair and curriculum writer; wellness representative for the staff at my schoolCommittee on ConsultationClergy Male (elect one)The Rev. John Keller, Resurrection, WoodburyOccupation: Pastor. Involvement in the life of the Saint Paul Area Synod or larger church: Chair of the synod nominatingcommittee; vice chair of Lyngblomsten Board; St. Andrew Village senior housing board. Involvement in your congregation:Lead pastor. Involvement in your community: Habitat for Humanity; Cemstone Run 4 Others 5K/10K raceCommittee on DisciplineCommittee on DisciplineLay Male or Lay Female (elect one)Shirley Zierke, St. Paul, WyomingOccupation: Retired. Involvement in the life of the Saint Paul Area Synod and the larger church: Bishop’s election committee;presenter at 2012 Tool Kit; Macedonia Project. Involvement in your congregation: Congregation president; member ofSunday forum, stewardship, and prayer teams; VBS volunteer. Involvement in your community: Secretary, Wyoming AreaBusiness Association.Committee on DisciplineLay Male (elect one)Andrew Lowther, Gustavus Adolphus, St. PaulOccupation: Attorney. Involvement in your congregation: St Paul Habitat for Humanity; New Orleans social ministry with theSt. Bernard Project. Involvement in your community: Lyngblomsten board of directors; Wills for Heroes volunteer attorney.Committee on DisciplineClergy Male (elect one)The Rev. Roland Hayes, St. Michael’s, RosevilleOccupation: Pastor. Involvement in the Saint Paul Area Synod or larger church: Synod call committee; Lutheran Seminarycontextual education supervisor; mentor for first call pastors. Involvement in your congregation: preaching, pastoral care,counseling, worship, adult education, stewardship, evangelism, fellowship, finance and property. Involvement in your community:Board member, HealthEast Care System, as chair of the quality committee, member of the executive committee; andboard vice chair.2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 37


Report of the Reference and Counsel CommitteeReference and Counsel CommitteeThe Rev. Lauren Wrightsman, chairThe Rev. Paul TidemannJudy ThompsonThe Rev. Brent ErlerThe Rev. Walt LichtenbergerTammy PustDoug JohnsonBishop Peter Rogness, staffBeth Helgen, staffThe role of the reference and counsel committeeAs outlined in the synod constitution and the rules of the assembly (“Proposed Rules of theAssembly:” I. Resolutions, pages 15-16), the reference and counsel committee assists theassembly to do its work on resolutions that have been sent by church councils, conferences,and other official committees of the synod for consideration and action. The committee checksfor factual accuracy, edits for the sake of clarity, and makes recommendations for action on theassembly floor.Resolutions before the 2013 Saint Paul Area Synod assemblyThe resolutions before the 2013 synod assembly include:1-2013 Resolutions and Conscience Bound Belief2-2013 Extending the Protections and Dignity of Marriage to All Persons3-2013 Ministering to Same-Gender Couples and Families4-2014 Prohibiting Employment Discrimination on the Basisof Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity5-2013 Reducing Gun Violence6-2013 Immigration Reform - Support of the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA)7a-2013 Amendment: Accompaniment, Awareness-Raising, and Advocacyfor the People of the Holy LandChanges in the process for considering resolutionsFor this assembly the reference and counsel committee recommends a process made possible by theintroduction of voting keypads at this year’s assembly. Using these keypads will allow assembly votingmembers to register their personal response to the issue within a range of responses rather than a simpleyes/no vote. The committee is persuaded of the value of this method because it affirms two valuesthat we hold as a church:1. Participating in the shaping of our public life as one important dimension of caring forthe neighbor and the whole of God’s creation. We should willingly seek to be “communitiesof moral deliberation” in which we address issues impacting lives of our membersand the whole of society.2. Respecting the experiences, beliefs, consciences, and perspectives among our membersthat may vary, and practicing the “mutual conversation and consolation of the saints”in a manner that does not create winners and losers but in which all perspectives areheard and respected.38 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


To these ends, we will recommend for resolutions 2 through 7 the use of the following format:• The resolution will be presented, with the “Resolved” paragraphs read aloud. Therecommendation of the reference and counsel committee to proceed in the prescribedmanner will be announced. In the absence of any motion to do otherwise, this processwill follow:• The assembly will recess into a 12-minute “quasi-committee of the whole.” Asexplained on page 6, this period is intended to foster discussion of the generaltopic without the possibililty or complications of motions, amendments, or votes.Speakers will be invited to move to floor microphones for speeches not to exceedtwo minutes, alternating between those who will carry green cards (in support ofthe proposed motion) and those who will carry red cards (opposing the proposedmotion). Discussion will end after 12 minutes.• The members of the assembly will be instructed to use their voting keypads toregister their view on the proposed motion as follows (colors are indicated in caseproblems arise with the voting keypads and necessitate the use of cards in theregistration packet):a. (Dark green) Strongly agreeb. (Light green) Lean toward agreec. (White) In the middle of this issued. (Light red) Lean toward disagreee. (Dark red) Strongly disagreef. (Dark Blue) Abstain, or have insufficient knowledge to have an opinionThe resulting range of responses will be shown and recorded. This will end assemblyconsideration of this issue.• For those resolutions that ask for further action, this clarification:• For those that call upon the synod to memorialize the ELCA Churchwide Assembly(Resolutions 2-2013; 4-2013, 6-2013, and 7-2013), if responses a and b(the dark and light green cards) constitute a majority of votes cast the memorialwill be deemed to have passed, and will be sent on to the churchwide assembly.(Please note that the count for these particular resolutions will include vote responsesa through e, and excludes f (the dark blue card).• For those that call for “making the synod’s position known,” the actual vote totalsof the range-of-response voting will be communicated (Resolutions 2-2013 and5-2013).2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 39


Resolution 1-201312345678910111213141516171819202122232425WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,RESOLVED,RESOLVED,Resolutions and Conscience Bound Beliefwhen a synod of the ELCA takes sides in a partisan political contest, it is not unusual for divisions amongchurch members to arise in ways that can drive away those who feel their “conscious-bound beliefs”(heretofore an accepted principle of the ELCA) have not been respected; andit is a common misconception held by people both within and outside church congregations that, when a synodtakes a public position on any current social or political issue, it does so on behalf of a majority all the membercongregations; andvoting members of the synod are not selected with the intention that they will represent the majority views ofthe congregation in which they serve or are members in regard to current social or political issues, thereforethe composition of voting members attending synod assemblies cannot represent a truly democratic process; andit is the responsibility of voting members to act in ways (including the submission of resolutions) that build upthe health and vitality of the whole church and not represent just a faction or a particular point of view; andwhile synod involvement in public policy debates is a longstanding and important Lutheran tradition, takingvotes at a synod assembly which results in the taking of sides in partisan political contests is not consistentwith the ELCA principle of respecting each other’s conscious-bound beliefs; therefore be itthat the reference and counsel committee of the Saint Paul Area Synod shall include in itsanalysis of each resolution submitted to be brought to the annual assembly the following tests:• If approved, would this resolution likely result in the conscious-bound beliefs of fellowchurch members to be disrespected?• If approved, would this resolution likely result in the synod taking a side in a partisan politicalor social issue causing harmful ill-will and division among church members?and be it furtherthat if the outcome of either of the aforementioned tests is affirmative for any given resolution,then the reference and counsel committee shall seek to provide for engagement with theconcerns/issues identified by the resolution in a manner that does not include a vote by theassembly.Adopted by the Farmington Lutheran Church Council, Farmington, at its monthly meeting, March 12, 2013.The reference and counsel committee recommends that the synod council take the following action:RESOLVED,that the Saint Paul Area Synod assembly receives with appreciation the resolution fromFarmington Lutheran Church, Farmington:1. Affirms the stated desire to respect all views held by members of this synod’s congregations;2. Demonstrates that mutual respect in addressing the resolutions brought to this year’sassembly by recording a “range of response” votes (as defined on page 39) on Resolutions2-2013, 3-2013, 4-2013, 5-2013, 6-2013, and 7a-2013, having the effect ofbecoming a rule of the assembly for dealing with those resolutions;3. Refers the resolution to the Saint Paul Area synod council for consideration as tofuture assembly rules regarding the work of the reference and counsel committee.40 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


Resolution 2-2013Extending the Protections and Dignity of Marriage to All Persons1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,RESOLVED,RESOLVED,RESOLVED,a resolution calling for the protections and dignity of marriage to all persons was adopted by theSouth Central Conference of the Saint Paul Area Synod on February 9, 2013; andthe ELCA’s Social Statement “Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust” acknowledges the existence within the ELCAof a wide range of conscience-bound beliefs regarding committed same-gender relationships and calls upon “allpeople to live out their faith in the local and global community of the baptized with profound respect for theconscience-bound belief of the neighbor;” (p. 21) yet further states that “While Lutherans hold variousconvictions regarding lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships, this church is united on many criticalissues” (p. 19). This church:1. “supports legislation and policies to protect civil rights and to prohibit discrimination in housing, employment,and public services.” (p. 19)2. “has called upon congregations and members of this church to welcome, care for, and support same-gendercouples and their families and to advocate for their legal protection.” (p. 19)3. “will advocate for public policies that support and protect families.” (p. 24)4. recognizes that some faithful Lutherans “conclude that marriage is also the appropriate term to use indescribing similar benefits, protection, and support for same-gender couples entering into lifelong, monogamousrelationships” and that “they believe that such accountable relationships provide the necessaryfoundation that supports trust and familial and community thriving;” (p. 18); andthose states that have created civil union as a means of both providing legal protections while withholding thefreedom to marry have recognized that civil union falls far short of marriage with all its tangible and intangiblesignificance in our lives*; therefore, be itthat the Saint Paul Area Synod urge the Minnesota Legislature and Governor to extend theprotections and dignity of marriage to all persons and to protect the freedom of religion forall faith communities and religious organizations, recognizing that each religious tradition candecide for itself whether or not to officiate at marriage ceremonies for same-gender couples;and be it furtherthat the Saint Paul Area Synod call upon congregations and members of this Synod towelcome, care for, and support same-gender couples and their families, and contact MinnesotaLegislators and the Governor to advocate for extending the protections and dignity of marriageto all persons; and be it furtherthat the Saint Paul Area Synod urges the synod bishop (or designee) to make the synod’sposition on this matter known to the Minnesota Legislature, to the Governor, to thecongregations of this synod, and to the public at large.* The non-partisan Annenberg Public Policy Center at University of Pennsylvania states that there are three areas ofdifference between marriage and civil union: (1) The right to federal benefits. States that allow some type of samesexunion are able to grant only state rights. The Defense of Marriage Act passed in 1996 prohibits same-sex couplesfrom receiving federal marriage rights and benefits. (2) Portability. Because civil unions are not recognized by allstates, such agreements are not always valid when couples cross state lines. (3) Terminology. “Marriage” is a termthat conveys societal and cultural meaning, important to both gay rights activists and those who believe that gay, lesbian,bisexual and transgender people should not marry. Cf. http://www.factcheck.org/what_is_a_civil_union.htmlAdopted unanimously by the vestry of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, St. Paul, and by the congregation council ofSt. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church, St. Paul, on February 19, 2013. Similar resolution passed at the SouthCentral Conference Assembly February 9, 2013.The reference and counsel committee recommends consideration by the assembly through a quasi committeeof the whole and a vote showing the range of response, as described on pages 38-39.2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 41


Resolution 3-20131234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,RESOLVED,Ministering to Same-Gender Couples and Familiesthe ELCA, meeting in Assembly (2009) resolved to “commit itself to finding ways to allow congregations thatchoose to do so to recognize, support, and hold publicly accountable life long, monogamous, same-genderrelationships;” andthe ELCA Social Statement Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust (2009) states that1. “the ELCA recognizes that it has a pastoral responsibility to all children of God.” (p. 19)2. “supports legislation and policies to protect civil rights” for all and has also “called upon congregationsand members of this church to welcome, care for, and support same-gender couples and their families andto advocate for their legal protection.” (p. 19, emphasis added)3. will attend to the need for equal protection, equal opportunities, and equal responsibilities under the law”for all (p. 33);marriage has been recognized for same-gender couples in nine states and the District of Columbia and withinthe territory of twelve synods of the ELCA, which together minister to over 650,000 Lutherans (about 15% oftotal ELCA membership);seven additional states (Illinois, Minnesota, Delaware, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Oregon, and New Jersey) arewidely expected to consider legislation recognizing marriage for same-gender couples between 2013 and 2015,encompassing twelve additional synods that minster to over 1.1 million Lutherans (about 25% of total ELCAmembership);the Supreme Court of the United States is currently considering whether to declare two laws unconstitutional:the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8, both of which restrict theindividual and family protections afforded by marriage.individuals, congregations, and pastors have requested advice and resources to assist in their mission tosupport same-gender couples and their families; therefore be itthat the Saint Paul Area Synod memorialize the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly:1. to invite and encourage conversations among this church’s congregations, rostered leaders,and the Conference of Bishops regarding changes in state and federal laws relative to marriageand how to respond to the needs of the neighbor, including discussion and sharing ofresources that would be most helpful for those wishing to support lesbian, gay, bisexual,and transgender individuals and couples and their families;2. to invite and encourage conversations among this church’s congregations, rostered leaders,and the Conference of Bishops, regarding ways that this church can advocate for equalprotection under the law for same-gender couples and their families;3. to invite and encourage the ELCA Church Council and the churchwide organization tomake provision for Voting Members to engage in these conversations at the 2016 ELCAChurchwide Assembly, as the church continues to discern its ministry in the emergingcontext.Adopted by the vestry of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, St. Paul, on March 19, 2013.The reference and counsel committee recommends consideration by the assembly through a quasi committeeof the whole and a vote showing the range of response, as described on pages 38-39.42 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


Resolution 4-2013Prohibiting Employment Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334WHEREAS, it is currently legal in 29 states to discriminate in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation, and in 34on the basis of gender identity; andWHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,RESOLVED,RESOLVED,RESOLVED,employees should be judged on the quality of their work and nothing more; andlegislation that would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexualorientation or gender identity while providing for a broad religious exemption, has been introduced in everyCongress since 1994; andthe Employment Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 1397/S. 812) is an example of such legislation;the ELCA’s Social Statement Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust states that “While Lutherans hold variousconvictions regarding lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships, this church is united on many criticalissues” (p. 19). This church:1. “supports legislation and policies to protect civil rights and to prohibit discrimination in housing, employment,and public services.” (p. 19)2. “has called upon congregations and members of this church to welcome, care for, and support same-gendercouples and their families and to advocate for their legal protection.” (p. 19)3. “will advocate for public policies that support and protect families.” (p. 24)4. “will attend to the need for equal protection, equal opportunities, and equal responsibilities under thelaw, and just treatment for those with varied sexual orientation and gender identity. Such individuals aredisproportionately and negatively affected by patterns of stigma, discrimination, and abuse.”the 1997 ELCA Churchwide Assembly passed a memorial by approximately an 80% majority to endorse theEmployment Non-Discrimination Act and to affirm advocacy “in support of laws barring discriminationagainst individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation” (see CWA resolution CA97.06.29)that the Saint Paul Area Synod meeting in Assembly, memorialize the 2013 ELCA ChurchwideAssembly to call upon Congress to take up and pass legislation that would prohibitemployment discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or genderidentity while providing for religious exemptions; and be it furtherthat the Saint Paul Area Synod, meeting in Assembly, memorialize the 2013 ELCA ChurchwideAssembly, to urge the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,synodical bishops, clergy, and other church leaders to speak publicly in support of legislationthat would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexualorientation or gender identity while providing for religious exemptions; and be it furtherthat the Saint Paul Area Synod, meeting in Assembly, memorialize the 2013 ELCA ChurchwideAssembly to urge lay leaders to make this Assembly’s position and the ELCA’s position knownto their Members of Congress in the United States House of Representatives and United StateSenate.Adopted by the vestry of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, St. Paul, on March 19, 2013.The reference and counsel committee recommends consideration by the assembly through a quasi committeeof the whole and a vote showing the range of response, as described on pages 38-39.2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 43


Resolution 5-20131234567891011121314151617181920212223242526WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,RESOLVED,RESOLVED,RESOLVED,Reducing Gun Violencethe Biblical witness is strong and gentle on the high value of life, affirming all people as created in the Image ofGod, and revealing Jesus as the example of love and nonviolence;guns in America account for about 11,000 homicides and 19,000 suicides including nearly 2,800 youth andchildren deaths each year;guns in the home significantly increase the probability of gun violence and suicides in the home;the United States leads the world in school mass homicides where five or more people are killed, and inindividuals killed since 1902;according to the World Bank - Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, nations who areclassified as “high income,” the United States has the highest gun homicide rate, the highest number of gunsper capita, and the highest rate of deaths due to assault. The USA has more homicides by gun than all of theother high income O.E.C.D. countries combined;”state and national leadership are developing gun legislation to address gun violence and people’s Constitutionalrights, while also supporting all people’s right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;” be itthat the Saint Paul Area Synod in Assembly, express support for laws to reduce gunviolence, and encourage congregations to contact their elected officials in St. Paul andWashington to express support for laws to reduce gun violence; and be it furtherthat laws to be considered include the banning of assault rifles, elimination of high-capacityammunition clips, instituting universal background checks, reoccurring mandatory gun safetytraining for gun permit holders, closing the gun show loophole, creating a national databaseto track movement and sale of firearms, expanded mental health checks, increasing penaltiesfor carrying guns near schools or giving guns to minors, separate criminal offenses for guntrafficking, hiring more agents, and elimination of the sale of armor piercing bullets; and be itfurtherthat the Saint Paul Area Synod in Assembly, direct synodical leadership to communicatesynodical support for this resolution to appropriate elected state and national officials, and tothe general public.Adopted by the vestry of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, St. Paul, March 19, 2013.The reference and counsel committee recommends consideration by the assembly through a quasi committeeof the whole and a vote showing the range of response, as described on pages 38-39.The reference and counsel committee received two nearly identical resolutions on gun violence, one from theNorth Central conference assembly and one from the Pilgrim Lutheran Church vestry. The “whereas” sectionswere identical; the North Central conference version included two additional “resolved” sections. Thereference and counsel committee recommends assembly consideration of the version adopted by the vestry ofPilgrim Lutheran, omitting the following two “Resolved” sections:RESOLVED,RESOLVED,that congregations urge their members to take a gun safety course given that a significantnumber of households in this country own guns; and be it furtherthat the Joint Peace with Justice Committee work with the synod to provide a list of resourcesfor congregational study and action.44 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


Resolution 6-2013Immigration Reform - Support of the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA)1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526273031323334WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,under current U.S. immigration law, a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident is permitted to sponsor his orher spouse, child, or parent for permanent resident status; andU.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are not permitted to sponsor their same-gender partners forpermanent resident status; andtwenty-five other countries allow their citizens to sponsor their same-gender partners in the immigration process; andthere are approximately 36,000 bi-national, same-gender families in the U.S.; andWHEREAS, 35 percent of male bi-national couples and 39 percent of female bi-national couples are raising more than 17,000children; andWHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,RESOLVED,due to the inability of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to sponsor their same-gender partners, theycan be forced to live abroad, thus uprooting their children, disrupting their careers, and breaking ties withtheir families, communities, and places of worship; andcurrent immigration law does not provide for equal justice and equal protection for gay and lesbian citizensand legal permanent residents; andthe ELCA has a long-standing commitment to calling for comprehensive federal immigration reform; anda bill called the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) has been introduced in the Federal legislature toamend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate discrimination in immigration by permittingpermanent partners of United States citizens and of lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanentresident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and of lawful permanent residents and topenalize immigration fraud in connection with permanent partnerships; therefore be itthat the Saint Paul Area Synod, in Assembly, memorializes the 2013 ELCA ChurchwideAssembly to call upon President Obama and elected officials in Congress to support and topress for passage of the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) or its equivalent as acomponent of comprehensive immigration reform; and be it furtherRESOLVED, that if a bill for comprehensive immigration reform is passed before the start of the 2013ELCA Churchwide Assembly, and if the bill does not include UAFA or its equivalent, the SaintPaul Area Synod, meeting in assembly, memorializes the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly tocall for the reintroduction of UAFA in the U.S. legislature; and be it furtherRESOLVED,that the Saint Paul Area Synod, meeting in assembly, memorializes the 2013 ELCAChurchwide Assembly to encourage the clergy and other leaders of congregations in thischurch, consistent with their bound conscience, to support the Uniting American Families Actby communicating with their elected representatives, encouraging them to co-sponsor and to supporta just, comprehensive reform of U.S. immigration law that includes the principles of UAFA.Adopted by the vestry of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, St. Paul, March 19, 2013.The reference and counsel committee recommends consideration by the assembly through a quasi committeeof the whole and a vote showing the range of response, as described on pages 38-39.Reference and Counsel removed the following resolved from the resolution because it was not consistent withthe whereas clauses:RESOLVED, that the Saint Paul Area Synod, meeting in assembly, memorializes the 2013 ELCAChurchwide Assembly to commendBishop Thomas M. Aitken, Northeastern Minnesota Synod, Bishop James A. Arends, La Crosse Area Synod, Bishop David H. Brauer-Rieke, OregonSynod, Bishop Bruce H. Burnside, South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, Bishop Jessica R. Crist, Montana Synod, Bishop H. Julian Gordy, SoutheasternSynod, Bishop Richard H. Graham, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod, Bishop Wolfgang D. Herz-Lane, Delaware-Maryland Synod, BishopMark W. Holmerud, Sierra Pacific Synod, Bishop Felipe Lozada-Montañez, Caribbean Synod, Bishop Dean W. Nelson, Southwest California Synod,Bishop Margaret Payne, New England Synod, Bishop Robert A. Rimbo, Metropolitan New York Synod, Bishop Michael Rinehart, Texas-LouisianaGulf Coast Synod, Bishop Stephen S. Talmage, Grand Canyon Synod, and Bishop Martin D. Wells, Eastern Washington-Idaho Synodfor their courageous witness and their stand for justice in adding their names to the FaithCoalition for UAFA 1 ; and be it further1http://immigrationequalityactionfund.org/images/FaithCoalition_SignOnLetter.pdf2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 45


Resolution 7-2013Accompaniment, Awareness-Raising, and Advocacy for the People of the Holy Land123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536373839WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,RESOLVED,RESOLVED,RESOLVED,RESOLVED,RESOLVED,the prolonged Israeli occupation of and illegal Israeli settlement building in the West Bank and East Jerusalemremain obstacles to peace and cause a great deal of suffering for Israelis and Palestinians; andthe ELCA gives thanks for our special relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and theHoly Land (ELCJHL), which is marked by mutual love and concern for lasting peace with justice, and rejoicesthat our Palestinian brother in Christ, Bishop Munib Younan, is president of the Lutheran World Federation; andthe ELCA Peace Not Walls campaign focuses on accompaniment, awareness-raising and advocacy as threeaspects of engagement in response to the Israel-Palestine situation; andthe 2011 Churchwide Assembly adopted a resolution supporting positive investment in Palestinian goods andservices and commending the “ELCA Economic Social Criteria Investment Screens” to its members,congregations, synods and agencies; andthe 1995 ELCA social statement, For Peace in God’s World, reminds us that seeking peace with justice is thechurch’s proper work, and recognizes that in pursuing just political structures “the responsible use of[economic] sanctions may on occasion be the most effective and least harmful measure to lead states to stop[oppressive behavior]”; andon October 5, 2012, 15 U.S. Christian leaders, including ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, signed a letterurging Congress to “undertake careful scrutiny to ensure that our aid is not supporting actions by thegovernment of Israel that undermine prospects for peace”; therefore be it:that we affirm Peace Not Walls as the means by which the ELCA implements its strategy forengagement in the Holy Land conflict, and affirm our support for sisters and brothersin the ELCJHL as they remain faithful to the Gospel amid the oppression of Israeli militaryoccupation.that we encourage our members to listen to the cries of our Palestinian sisters and brothersthrough study of the Kairos Palestine document; to visit the region and speak directly withIsraelis and Palestinians; and to seek resources like those provided by Peace Not Walls thatshare current, reliable information about the situation.that we memorialize the Churchwide Assembly to commit to socially responsible economicpractices by 1) developing social-criteria investment screens that pertain specifically to theIsraeli-Palestinian conflict, and recommending their adoption by Portico; 2) urging memberswith money invested in Portico to consider such screens when making individual choicesregarding investment of their retirement funds, in order to avoid support of companiesbenefiting from the occupation; 3) urging individuals to invest in Palestinian economicendeavors and to avoid products and services provided by companies, such as Ahava,Sodastream and Hewlett Packard, that benefit from or support Israel’s occupationof Palestinian territory.that we urge the state of Minnesota to end completely its investment in state of Israel bonds.that we ask our bishop and our members to contact their representatives in Congress, urgingthem—as requested in last October’s letter from 15 Christian leaders—to hold hearingsexamining whether Israel’s use of U.S. financial aid violates the U.S. Foreign Assistance Actand Arms Export Control Act.From the Joint Peace with Justice Committee, Minneapolis Area and Saint Paul Area Synods46 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


Resolution 7a-2013Accompaniment, Awareness-Raising, and Advocacy for the People of the Holy Land1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,RESOLVED,RESOLVED,RESOLVED,RESOLVED,RESOLVED,the prolonged conflict between the Israeli and Palestinian people, due to Israeli occupation ofthe West Bank and East Jerusalem and the difficulty facing Palestinians whose homeland hasbeen disrupted, remain obstacles to peace and cause a great deal of suffering for Israelis andPalestinians; andthe ELCA gives thanks for our special relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church inJordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), which is marked by mutual love and concern for lastingpeace with justice, and rejoices that our Palestinian brother in Christ, Bishop Munib Younan, ispresident of the Lutheran World Federation; andthe ELCA “Peace Not Walls” campaign focuses on accompaniment, awareness-raising andadvocacy as three aspects of engagement in response to the Israel-Palestine situation; andthe 2011 Churchwide Assembly adopted a resolution supporting positive investment inPalestinian goods and services and commending the “ELCA Economic Social CriteriaInvestment Screens” to its members, congregations, synods and agencies; andthe 1995 ELCA social statement, “For Peace in God’s World,” reminds us that seeking peacewith justice is the church’s proper work, and recognizes that in pursuing just politicalstructures “the responsible use of [economic] sanctions may on occasion be the most effectiveand least harmful measure to lead states to stop [oppressive behavior]”; andon October 5, 2012, 15 U.S. Christian leaders, including ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, signed a letterurging Congress to “undertake careful scrutiny to ensure that our aid is not supporting actions by thegovernment of Israel that undermine prospects for peace”; therefore be it:that we affirm “Peace Not Walls” as the a means by which the ELCA implements its strategyfor engagement in the Holy Land conflict, and affirm our support for sisters and brothers inIsrael and Palestine as they seek to remain faithful to their Christian, Jewish and Muslim faithtraditions that week for love and justice;that we encourage our members to listen to the cries of our Palestinian sisters and brothersthrough study of the Kairos Palestine document; to visit the region and speak directlywith Israelis and Palestinians; and to seek resources like those provided by Peace NotWalls that share current, reliable information about the situation.that we memorialize the Churchwide Assembly to commit to socially responsible economicpractices by developing social-criteria investment screens in the ELCA that pertain specificallyto the Israeli-Palestinian conflict;that we ask our bishop and our members to contact their representatives in Congress, urgingthem to examine whether Israel’s use of U.S. financial aid violates the U.S. Foreign AssistanceAct and Arms Export Control Act.that we ask our bishop to communicate with Congressional representatives and PresidentBarack Obama to urge that all possible efforts be used to find a just and caring solution to theIsraeli-Palestinian conflict, recognizing that President Obama and State Departmentrepresentatives have been working toward that end.The reference and counsel committee recommends consideration by the assembly through a quasi committeeof the whole and a vote showing the range of response, as described on pages 38-39. The committeerecommends that such consideration and vote center on its amended resolution, presented here as (7a). Thecommittee believes the original resolution (a) contains undocumented references; (b) does not acknowledgethe complexity of various parties and issues, ignoring the relationships we have with Jewish, Christian, andMuslim people involved in this conflict; and (c) seeks to address a Minnesota issue and a churchwide memorialin the same action.2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 47


Proposed Bylaw: Iringa CommitteeS11.11.40.S11.11.42.S11.11.42.A13.S11.11.42.B.13.S11.11.43.S11.11.44.Iringa CommitteeThere shall be an Iringa Committee which shall have the function ofproviding oversight and coordination to the synod’s Bega Kwa Begapartnership with the Iringa Diocese in Tanzania in collaboration andconsultation with the bishop and the Director of Bega Kwa Bega.The committee shall be appointed by the synod council and shall haveofficers, which shall include a chair appointed by the bishop for a oneyearterm and eligible for re-appointment. The committee shallappoint a secretary from among its members who is also eligible forre-appointment.The synod council in making their appointments to the Iringa Committeeshall determine initial terms.Clusters may nominate up to two people for consideration by the synodcouncil. The director and chair of the Iringa Committee will work inconsultation with the bishop to nominate at-large members tomeet specific criteria.In seeking to identify members of the Iringa Committee, attention willbe given to arenas of expertise and participation in the Bega Kwa Begaprogram. In order to sustain the program over time, efforts will beundertaken to identify new members for the committee.The bishop or bishop’s designee and the Director of Bega Kwa Begashall be members of the Iringa Committee. In addition to the chair ofthe Iringa Committee, the committee shall consist of 10 additionalvoting members, appointed for three-year full terms, with eligibility fortwo additional consecutive terms.Voting members include the Director of the Bega Kwa Bega,the bishop or the bishop’s designee, one representative from each ofthe six clusters, and the remaining four are at-large members. The synodfinancial administrator and the six cluster coordinators will serve asnon-voting advisors.A member’s place on the Iringa Committee shall be declared vacant ifthe member ceases to be a member of a congregation in the Saint PaulArea Synod or is absent from three successive regular meetings of theIringa Committee without prior excuse.The function of the Iringa Committee shall be to:1. Work in consultation with the Director of Bega Kwa Bega toprovide oversight for the stability, strength, and capacity ofthe Bega Kwa Bega partnership;2. Develop, recommend, and implement, subject to approval bythe synod council, administrative systems, policies, and proceduresthat strengthen financial accountability and oversightfor the Bega Kwa Bega program;3. Develop and recommend an annual budget , subject to approvalby the synod council;4. Develop and recommend, subject to approval by the synodcouncil, policies and procedures that maximize safety andminimize risk for travelers and congregations;5. Further and strengthen the relational component of the partnership;48 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


6. Work in consultation with the Bega Kwa Bega director to coordinateprojects, scholarships, and other efforts in the IringaDiocese;7. Work with congregations in both the Saint Paul Area Synodand the Iringa Diocese and with affiliated partners to maintainthe pulse of vitality and premise of accompaniment thatsustains this partnership;8. Work in partnership with the Bega Kwa Bega director to identifyfinancial resources that will provide for future sustainabilityof the partnership;9. Work in consultation with the Director of Bega Kwa Begato identify companion synod coordinators or develop othermeans to provide oversight in Iringa;10. Communicate regularly with the bishop and synod council;11. Identify in an ongoing way a sufficient level of accountabilityand financial risk, recognizing the cultural differences thatenrich this partnership and the trade-offs inherent in thedifferences;12. Engage in regular review of the standards and look to otherorganizations for instruction and counsel.S11.11.45.S11.11.46.S11.11.48.The Iringa Committee shall meet at least five times annually. Additionalmeetings of the committee may be called by the bishop, the chair, orthree members of the committee.There shall be an executive committee which shall be appointedannually and shall include the Iringa Committee chair, the Director ofthe Bega Kwa Bega partnership, the secretary, and two at-largemembers. The executive committee shall give oversight andcoordination of the partnership between meetings of the full committee.Disputes between the Bega Kwa Bega Director and the IringaCommittee shall be resolved in consultation with the bishop and/or theexecutive committee of the synod council.2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 49


Appendix 1:Thinking More Deeply about Budgets and Priorities for MinistryAn interpretive document, initially drafted with information from Bishop Rogness, evolvingthrough committee and council discussions and reflecting the discussion and recommendationsof the Saint Paul Area Synod Council following its January 17, 2013 meeting.We in the Saint Paul Area Synod are now in a position—we are not averse to calling it a gift—ofhaving to think more deeply about how to be faithful stewards of the mission support dollars thatcome from congregations for the life and work of the whole body of which we are a part.Change, 1988 to 2012Throughout the first 25 years of our life together as the ELCA, we have adjusted and revisedour synod budget, as the financial power of the mission support dollars decreased to 41 percentof what it was in 1988 1 . Few major changes in budget line items have occurred. Among the sixMinnesota synods, the proportion directed from synods to the churchwide organization hasdeclined from 54.5 percent (1988)to 51.7 percent (2012). For all 65 synods, the 2012 averageis 48.67percent. The percentage of synod budgets channeled to local partner ministries hasdecreased slightly. On our current budget, these include Luther Seminary, Lutheran Coalitionfor Public Policy in Minnesota (LCPPM), Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC), and LutheranCampus Ministry (LCM). The percentage going to synod staff in these six synods has increasedsignificantly, although the actual full-time equivalents (FTEs) on synod staffs have declined.Re-assessing and re-imagining our life beyond the congregationDuring the last 25 years, we have not done a broad reassessment and re-imagining of how ourchurch’s life beyond the congregation should be shaped. The barrier to significant change earliercomes from the fact that there is inherent worth in all the ministries that have been carriedout and advocates who support these ministries. That’s what makes this moment and this taskchallenging. The periodic staff reductions since 1988 at both national and synod levels haveunfolded with subtle changes; significant staff reductions have been carried out by the nationaloffice following the stock market crash in 2008 and the churchwide assembly decisions of2009. Over these years, and accelerating in the last several years, there has been an evolutionof a number of work areas once focused in Chicago calling for increased attention and oversightby the synod and local levels—for example, campus and outdoor ministries, social ministryorganizations, new ministry development, and, of course, global companionships. Becauseof these and other shifts in funding, we are now at a time to reassess our priorities, which,while difficult, isn’t a bad thing at all.What follows is an attempt to shape the deeper discussion that can lead us toward the harddecisions. As leaders in the church, we are often uncomfortable making choices, of coming downon one side or the other, of judging a ministry on the basis of whether it meets our expectationsor whether it is well managed and effective. We are committed to a theology of abundance, notscarcity. We believe God is in mission in the world and that we have all we need to be part of it.We understand the hesitation and the reticence about making choices and judgments, but thetimes continue to change and difficult decisions loom before us. As we on the synod council goabout giving oversight and direction, we have sought to be at once humble, respectful, and bold,open to the movement of the Spirit in making all things—even our budget decisions—new.1Comparative figures for the six ELCA synods in Minnesota, figuring in actual dollars and inflation.50 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


Framing the DiscussionThis report seeks to provide an explanation of the examination we have undertaken as we re-position the missionsupport that comes to us. We began our work not simply looking at numbers, but with an examination of our context—theparticularities of our population, demographics, culture, expectations, and economy in this synod—that isdifferent from 25 years ago. Then we moved on to a more specific discussion of our current use of mission supportdollars and how we might re-position those dollars. We were aware that this significant re-positioning is taking placeas we near the call to a new bishop who will assume the office in 2014; therefore undergirding much of this work weretwo questions:1. What things might we accomplish that the incoming bishop and staff will say, “We are grateful they took careof that!”?2. What things might we be ending or committing ourselves to which the incoming bishop and staff would say,“We wish they hadn’t done that!”?1. The Context: The Role of the Synod in a Culture of DecentralizationThe organizational life of Christians has varied throughout history. We Lutherans have seen that life most clearly centeredin the local congregation, where the Word is proclaimed and the Sacraments shared. We have also claimed thelife of the “whole church” in some form, and that whole-church form of the life beyond the congregation has varied. Inthe mid-1900s, national bodies were strong—in many places (including Minnesota) Lutheran congregations sent an averageof 20 percent or more to “mission,” which was carried out through the national church body. New congregationswere funded primarily by the national church, sometimes partnered with local congregations. Pastors were trained atseminaries entirely funded by the national church. Global mission was undertaken by the national church, often invitinglocal congregations to sponsor a particular missionary, which many did.Since the 1960s, denominations in this country have experienced a slow and steady decline in the percentage ofcongregational income sent to the work of the denomination. The world of philanthropy makes clear why: donorsincreasingly seek to be connected with the recipient/beneficiary, to know what impact their gift has and how livesare changed. That’s true both for individual donors and for local congregations. Unexamined allegiance to institutions—evendenominations—has lessened, even though good work continues to be done through those denominationalchannels. Individual choice has increased in importance while institutional loyalty has declined; relationships haveincreased in importance while allegiance to programs and structures has waned. One may argue the costs and benefitsof these shifts, but they represent the cultural reality of our time.Shrinking capacityAs financial resources through mission support have flattened or diminished in the last 25 years, most synods—includingthe Saint Paul Area Synod—have addressed the issue by cutting local ministry expenses (grants to congregationsfor pastoral sabbaticals and various kinds of assistance; grants to support congregational ministry efforts; and grantsfor training events for rostered and lay leadership, to name a few) and by cutting staff (our synod has reduced stafffrom 9.2 FTE in 2001 to 7.2 FTE now, even while financial and communication staff needs have grown); or cuts toministry partners (Luther Seminary, LCPPM, MCC, and LCM, to name the largest).These reductions have essentially been a constricting of the original model. But before us are broader questions aboutwhether the model itself should be re-considered. Does this model continue to serve congregations or leaders well?Some observations: New initiatives languish because of lack of funding. Ministries that have received reduced fundingsuffer from their inability to access needed resources for programs and staff. Morale plunges as staff struggle to do thesame amount of work when the capacity for completing the work has been reduced. And, in some instances, ministriesthat have lost their effectiveness or are managed inefficiently continue to receive funding, draining the resources thatcould be available for other efforts. As funding is squeezed a bit more with each fiscal year, there has not also been anhonest evaluation of what the reduced capacity means.The Driving Criteria: The unique position and role of synodsIf the LIFT process is correct in determining that the vitality of the ELCA is to be found in recognizing the local congregationsas “centers of evangelical mission,” what then are the implications for “synod?” Synod and national officesof 25 and 50 years ago served a major function as receiver and distributor of congregational mission dollars for regional,national, and international work. A major shift has taken place as congregations and donors make those distributivedecisions themselves. Much of the nature and scope of churchwide work has been reduced as a result of the decreasedmission support over the years. Much work that was once conducted by the national office—support of new congregations,for instance—is now far more dependent on synodical support and partnerships among congregations. 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decreased capacity, the health of the church body is more dependent on the relationship with the local congregation,which happens in a regular and natural way within a synod because of proximity and context.It is this local connection with congregations and leaders that provides guidance for the unique role and value of synods:as local leaders and congregations seek stronger connections with the body of Christ beyond, the relational connectionis increasingly vital. Because of these changes and shifts in the life of the church and the culture, the functionof flow-through funding is less vital than in previous times.The exponential growth of companion synod work signals the reality that in today’s culture people want to be moreclosely identified with the particular results their gift brings about, and that giving to a large organization out of loyaltyis less descriptive of how people think and act anymore. We can use our own companion synod relationship as a casestudy in this context of decentralization in church and culture.Bega Kwa Bega: A case study in decentralizationOur companion synod relationships, especially our Bega Kwa Bega partnership in Iringa, provide an instructive casestudy about how funding global mission has changed. At one time, congregations were dependent on the relationships,resources, and expertise of the national church to work on their behalf around the world. The national church commissionedmissionaries who carried out work on our behalf in schools, seminaries, hospitals, relief agencies, social serviceinstitutions, and churches around the world. The missionaries returned for visits to their sponsoring congregations andtold stories of how members carried out the church’s work through their support of global missions. The world wasvast and deep and, in many instances, impenetrable. We were dependent on others to do what most of us could not—to enter into significant and transforming relationships with our sisters and brothers in Christ around the world.That has since changed. Transportation and communication have shrunk the world. The far parts of the globe are oftenjust a day or two away. Letters travel through cyberspace in nanoseconds. The curious glean knowledge and resourcesthrough search engines that can uncover the complexities of countries and cultures that could once only be discoveredand understood through experience. Visits to partner parishes bring Lutherans from our synod into direct relationshipwith the fears, hopes, struggles, and laughter of Lutherans in Iringa.While the global network provided by a national office is still critical, companion synod partnerships have emergedthat have extended global relationships to the local congregation. These partnerships, which operate through an accompanimentmodel—that is, we partner with indigenous Christian churches globally—enable people to knit togetherlives, to strengthen pastors and parishes, to carry out needed relief and agricultural efforts, and to support educationfor those who otherwise would be unable to attend school. Our synod’s partnership with Iringa is the largest companionsynod partnership in the ELCA and imparts a vibrancy and enthusiasm to congregational life both here and there.It’s global mission done at the grass roots and the vines of possibility twine throughout Iringa. Relationships have beenformed as over 3,000 visitors from our synod have been with the people of the Iringa Diocese, needs have been seenfirsthand, and life-giving responses have surged. People and congregations of our synod now support more than $1million per year in work that transforms lives in churches, schools, well construction, medical facilities, agriculturaland economic development projects, microfinance, and communication. And it is not uncommon for people fromother synods to seek out our people directly as they learn about our companion synod relationship and seek to exploresimilar arrangements themselves. The local church continues to find ways to network.The entire Global Mission budget of the churchwide organization receives about $13 million from mission support andanother $13 million from World Hunger money. These funds connect us with work in 90 countries, sometimes withpersonnel and sometimes with organizations such as Lutheran World Relief, the Lutheran World Federation, and otherecumenical agencies. Important work, all, but not so clearly connected donor-to-impact as is our companion synodrelationship, which accounts for the rapid rise of work done synodically.So – to the task of repositioningWhat follows, then, are the recommendations the synod council will bring to the synod assembly for consideration. Inthis current form, it includes actions taken at the January 17, 2013, meeting and includes a number of actions callingfor consultations with ministry partners with whom we share ministry responsibilities. We anticipate these consultationsto result in the information in this paper being revised again for presentation, ultimately, to the synod assemblyon May 17, 2013. The following information seeks to provide both information about ministries for those unfamiliar,along with the recommendations for repositioning.52 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


2. Budget Considerations and RationalesA. ELCA Churchwide OrganizationBackground: The national and global work of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, carried out through the churchwide organization,its national office staff, deployed staff, missionary personnel, and grants to local, national, and global organizations, both Lutheranand ecumenical. The ELCA was created by the merger of three predecessor bodies in 1988, made up of 5.3 million members then, 4.2million now.Current Support: Fifty percent of congregational mission support dollars that come from our congregations is sent on to the churchwideorganization. When the ELCA was formed, synods were asked to pass on 55 percent of the congregational mission support received,retaining 45 percent for local ministry and operations, figures never fully actualized. Currently, eight of the 65 synods give at the level of55 percent. The average for 2012 is 48.65 percent. The Saint Paul Area Synod has directed 50 percent since the formation of the ELCA,holding this percentage while many other synods have reduced their percentage to the churchwide organization.Synod Council Analysis and Rationale for Recommendation: As discussed in Part I at the beginning of this paper, the financial supportfor the ELCA’s work beyond the local congregation is less than half what it was 25 years ago. Many ministry activities and responsibilitieshave shifted in a local direction. The synod council believes that our church’s capacity to be in meaningful relationship with local congregationsand leaders will increasingly be key to making all else work. Maintaining adequate capacity for this connection between the localand the church beyond must be high priority. We do not “keep money closer to home” out of self-interest. The churchwide organizationis our tool for accomplishing much that is needed beyond the capacity of local synods: Lutheran, ecumenical, and interreligious relationships;global mission; public advocacy; the infrastructure for organizational matters; the connections that enable new mission initiativeswhere the need is greatest.However, the need for re-assessing and re-positioning is financially necessary. We believe a priority must be to keep strong the local connectionfor support, resource, and mission exploration, undergirding all that local congregations are able to do in mission. While we consideredthe case to be made for a more dramatic synod and churchwide shift, we believe holding the reduction to a few percentage pointswould both indicate our response to the shifts in work and responsibilities described above and our desire to remain a strong partner. Ourgoverning documents stipulate that mission support directed beyond the congregation is to be shared between both synodical and churchwideministry. The synod council will conduct such consultation on January 31, 2013.Motion: Adjustment of proportionate share between the Saint Paul Area Synod and the Churchwide OrganizationPassed by the synod council, January 17, 2013, for synod assembly action.WHEREAS, mission support funding of ELCA ministry beyond the local congregation is to be shared proportionately by the synodand the churchwide organization; andWHEREAS, since 1988 that proportion has been 50%/50% between the Saint Paul Area Synod and the churchwide organization; andWHEREAS, from time to time many—perhaps most—other synods have reassessed their proportion and have adjusted the divisionto increase the amount administered by the synod and decreased the amount sent on to the churchwide organization; andWHEREAS, such movement reflects the dramatically increased congregational funding of mission work with which they are related(for example, current local annual funding for our work in Iringa is $1,200,000, Guatemala $110,000, and localministry starts $116,000, in addition to other smaller initiatives 2 ; andWHEREAS, it is critically important for the health and cohesion of the entire church body that synods continue to have the capacityto be in personal, supportive, and missional relationships with local congregations and leaders; andWHEREAS, the Synod Council of the Saint Paul Area Synod has undertaken a thorough review of ministry priorities andrelationships leading to a number of questions raised around budgets and funding and ministry models; therefore be itRESOLVED, that the Saint Paul Area Synod Council initiate required consultation with the churchwide organizationfor the purpose of adjusting the proportion of mission support spent at the synod and churchwidelevels to a proportion of 52.5% at the synod level and 47.5% at the churchwide level for 2014; and beit furtherRESOLVED, that the most effective proportionate levels continue to be a focus of mutual consultation beyond 2014;and be it furtherRESOLVED, that the Saint Paul Area Synod leadership and congregations seek ways to expand awareness of andsupport for the mission done together as a church body at all levels.*At its December 5, 2012, meeting when initial budget revisions were reviewed with the finance committee, the executive committee askedfor a three-year projection (2014-16) showing the effect of reduced churchwide mission support on the synod budget. That budget projectionfollows on page 54.2Congregations of this synod provide substantial support for related ministries such as Mission Jamaica, Global Health Ministries, ChinaService Ventures, Feed My Starving Children, the seminary in Bratislava, and many others.2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 53


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B. Synodical Partnership MinistriesLutheran Campus Ministry of MinnesotaBackground: In 1988 this state organization was put in place to govern the nine Lutheran campus ministries on state and university campusesin the state. All six synods contributed to the budgets as did the churchwide organization. Pastors were called and other personnelhired, budgets approved, and oversight provided in this one organization, which operated with the close staff assistance of deployed ELCAcampus ministry sites.For the last decade financial support from the synods and churchwide organization for campus ministry has diminished rapidly. Two yearsago the national staff who provided oversight for campus ministry were eliminated, and such oversight and assistance is now largely localand synodical. Three years ago, each of the nine campus ministry sites in Minnesota was re-constituted, and each is now governed by alocal board, which has the responsibility for budget and staff decisions. Increased focus is given to raising support from local sources,especially local congregations which in some cases are more closely aligned with these ministries. The state board exists only to receivesynod and churchwide dollars and provide grants to the nine ministry sites.The Saint Paul Area Synod has no campus ministry site physically located within the synod; we are part of the local campus ministry of theUniversity of Minnesota-Twin Cities, which is located at Grace University Lutheran Church on the campus of the University of Minnesota.Current Support: $100,000 in 2012 (goes to the state LCMM board for distribution to local LCM sites). The Saint Paul Area Synod’ssupport level is the second highest among all six synods in Minnesota; the six-synod total in 2012 was $399,500.Synod Council Analysis and Rationale for Recommendation: The reality of declining financial support has already set in motion a return toa campus ministry model much more closely aligned with surrounding congregations than has been the case when it took on life as a moreindependent and free-standing ministry. The Saint Paul Area Synod is expected to align with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities ministry.The synod council recommends phasing in a reduction of flow-through support for all ministries in the state, and eventually establishing asupport level for the Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus, housed at Grace University LutheranChurch on the East Bank campus of the University. The council proposes budgeting $75,000 in 2014, to be split with $60,000 going tothe state board and $15,000 to begin support of LCM-Twin Cities; then $50,000 in 2015, of which 30,000 goes to the state board and$20,000 to LCM-Twin Cities; then $40,000 in 2016 to LCM-TC.The synod council is also calling for a consultation among the six synods in Minnesota to examine the dissolution of the state board, asfunding and governance becomes established locally.Motion: Lutheran Campus MinistryPassed by the synod council, January 17, 2013To request a consultation between the bishops of the six synods of Minnesota to consider the dissolution of the stateboard/organization of Lutheran Campus Ministry Minnesota.Motion: Lutheran Campus MinistryPassed by the synod council, January 17, 2013, for synod assembly actionWHEREAS, the Saint Paul Area Synod Council has joined the other synods in Minnesota in acknowledging the importance ofLutheran Campus Ministry for young adults studying at our public universities; andWHEREAS, declining statewide and churchwide support resulted in the decentralization of the governance and oversight structureto the nine local campus ministries in the state; andWHEREAS, the benefit of this change has been to emphasize the importance of finding ways in which this ministry might be broughtunder the umbrella of local congregations within the communities served by the campus ministries for oversight andfunding; andWHEREAS, the state board continues to function only as a locus for gathering funds from the six synod budgets and disbursingthem to the nine campus ministry sites; andWHEREAS, withdrawing our support affects local chapters throughout the state; therefore be itRESOLVED, that the Saint Paul Area Synod Council approves the following actions to be forwarded to the 2013Saint Paul Area Synod Assembly, and for further consideration by the subsequent assemblies in 2014and 2015; and be it furtherRESOLVED, to reduce, beginning in 2014, our contribution to Lutheran Campus Ministry from $100,000 to$75,000, with $60,000 directed to the state board and $15,000 to the local chapter Lutheran CampusMinistry-Twin Cities; in 2015, to reduce the amount to $50,000 in 2015, with $30,000 directed to thestate board and $20,000 to the local chapter; and to reduce the amount in 2016 to $40,000 with thetotal directed to the local chapter:State Board Local Chapter Total2014 $60,000 $15,000 $75,0002015 $30,000 $20,000 $50,0002016 0 $40,000 $40,0002013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 55


Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in MinnesotaBackground: For several years prior to the advent of the ELCA, the LCA and ALC launched several state public policy advocacy offices,which then became a fixture of the Church in Society work of the ELCA. LCPPM is one of 12 state public policy offices within theELCA. Its policy council—which is not a governing body, but assists in considering what legislative issues to support, based on ELCASocial Statements—is made up of representatives from the six Minnesota synods and the Congregational and Synodical Mission unit ofthe churchwide organization. It is staffed by the Rev. Mark Peters, a deployed churchwide staff member. The Saint Paul Area Synod hasprovided free office space to LCPPM and provides the director, volunteers, and interns with access to our conference room, copier, andwork room.Current Support: $8,820 in 2012. The six synods of Minnesota provide 38 percent of LCPPM’s income, the churchwide organizationprovides 45 percent out of ELCA hunger funds, and additional 16 percent comes from a grant for environmental advocacy. In recent years,as churchwide grant and synodical support have declined, LCPPM has relied increasingly on grant support to fund its work.Synod Council Analysis and Rationale for Recommendation: Lutheran advocacy work in Minnesota is done through several channels:LCPPM is our denominational office; through the Minnesota Council of Churches we join in advocacy through the Joint Religious LegislativeCouncil (JRLC) with Catholics, Jews, and Muslims (Lutheran contribution to JRLC through MCC is equivalent to an estimated 20percent of JRLC funding); and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota also advocates on some areas of social service legislation.In addition other advocacy activities occur through other channels: the advocacy efforts undertaken by Archbishop Harry Flynn andBishop Rogness around poverty, legislative visits by all six Minnesota bishops, and an annual breakfast for ELCA legislators have been wellreceived and acknowledged in the media. Most of these efforts were planned and executed by our staff.The synod council believes as capacities decline models established years ago need re-examination, and the ecumenical and other collaborativepossibilities should be examined.The additional issue of space: With the recommendation regarding the establishment of a director of Bega Kwa Bega to work within thesynod structure, office space needs become an issue. The synod council has authorized the staff to make LCPPM aware of the potentialneed for adjustment of space and office use.Motion: Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in MinnesotaPassed by the synod council, January 17, 20131. To request that the bishop call upon the bishops of the other five synods in Minnesota to consult with the publicadvocacy staff of the Congregational and Synodical Support unit about the shape and leadership of LutheranCoalition for Public Policy in Minnesota and to report back to the synod council by March 2013 so that budgetimplications can be reflected in the 2014 budget.This consultation might consider whether the corporate owners of LCPPM might consider dissolution, whetheran ecumenical effort might be initiated, or whether the current model with a reassessment of leadership should beinitiated.2. To request that the Office of Bishop initiate discussion about the office space currently provided to the LutheranCoalition for Public Policy in Minnesota and to consider, in light of this synod’s office needs related to Iringa, (a)whether notice should be given to that ministry to seek alternative space, and (b) the need for increased administrativeself-sufficiency.56 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


Region 3 Fair Share SupportBackground: Nine “regional centers for mission” were incorporated into the design of the ELCA, coming as a result of deliberationsover whether the ELCA would be a “three-expression” or “four-expression” church. Regions are not legislative or incorporated and haveevolved over these 25 years, as less “centers for mission” than administrative adjuncts to synods, primarily for candidacy work. In the earlyyears of the ELCA, some regional offices also had staff that served as resources in stewardship, communications, and some other areas,but as funding dwindled and staffing patterns changed, these staff positions were eliminated. It has not been uncommon for regions tocome under scrutiny as funding has tightened; some regions have continued to question the staffing of the region.Current Support: $21,500 for 2012. This is not listed under “partnership ministries” because it is a per-member dues assessment, consideredas an extension of synod staff functioning. The coordinator’s salary is paid by the churchwide organization; the nine synods ofMinnesota and the Dakotas pick up the remainder of the budget, which includes all other expenses associated with the staffing expensesof the regional office, and in addition supports a half-time regional archivist who assists synods with preserving congregational, leader, andother historical documents.Synod Council Analysis and Rationale for Recommendation: In a time of budget constraint, the synod council believes it may be possibleto realize savings in recognizing the overlap between the coordinator’s work and work done within synods: candidacy is the responsibilityof staff within synods, The synods in the region have not yet had a thorough discussion about the regional director’s work, whether thework might be duplicating work already being done, or whether the work might be coordinated by synod staff in the region.Since the regional staffing and budget is a shared ministry of the nine synods and the churchwide organization, the Council proposes aconsultation with these partners to consider whether the position of coordinator be eliminated and coordinating work assumed within thesynods of the region.Motion: Region 3Passed by the synod council, January 17, 20131. To request that the bishop consult with the regional bishops and other appropriate staff and leadership about thepossibility of restructuring and reassigning the regional work to a shared model among synod staff; to considerwhether the fair share support for the regional coordinator can be eliminated; and, if so, to prepare a written planoutlining the financial implications and shared staff work;2. To develop a plan to continue to share funding for the regional archivist;3. To report back to the synod council by March 21, 2013, so that budget implications for the 2014 budget can beconsidered.Minnesota Council of ChurchesBackground: Our synod, along with all other ELCA synods and the predecessor Lutheran synod/districts, have supported this ecumenicalministry, which is comprised of 24 member judicatories—mainline Protestant, Orthodox, and historic Black churches.Current Support: $27,170 in 2012; $25,876 for 2013. Executive Director Peg Chemberlin explains the MCC budget in this way: “In the$4 million budget, $250,000 comes from our member denominations. But we leverage that for all the rest. ELCA synods give about halfof that quarter million. But that’s a lower per capita level than UCC, Presbyterians, and Episcopalians. These Protestant groups contribute60¢ per member, while the ELCA contributes 16¢ per member.”Synod Council Analysis and Rationale for Recommendation: Over the years MCC has become a large and respected social service providerin addition to its role in convening ecumenical relationships. Smaller denominations need an agency like this to extend ministry beyondwhat they have capacity to do themselves, while Lutherans here find it more efficient to do things synodically or inter-synodically (refugeeresettlement, boundary workshops, public advocacy, to name examples). It is not clear to many what the importance of an ecumenicalagency is now that local ecumenical relationships happen easily. When ecumenism was first emerging out of denominational isolation, suchagencies were crucial in setting the stage for ecumenical work. Such ecumenical work is now taken for granted in many venues, which mayexplain why few strong state ecumenical agencies survive today. (MCC is one of the 2-3 strongest in the nation.)The ELCA has demonstrated its commitment to ecumenical relationships and work. We are strong participants in theMCC. It would send an unclear message to lessen our support of ecumenical work. In addition, a significant portion ofdenominational dollars undergirds the advocacy work carried out by JRLC, which punctuates the need for a review ofLCPPM in order to ascertain whether the ELCA advocacy work might be strengthened by consolidation.The synod council recommends a lowered support level, which is consistent with recognition of a changing significancefor this kind of ministry and for the ease in this state to make ecumenical connections informally. The mostcurrent figures indicate the ELCA per-member average is 15.5¢ statewide; the Saint Paul Area Synod’s support level isabout 20¢ (meaning the average for the other five synods is 14.5¢ per member. If we were to reduce to 15¢ level, oursupport would be $19,350, a savings of between $6,000 and $7,000.Motion: Minnesota Council of ChurchesPassedby the synod council, January 17, 2013, for synod assembly actionTo fund the Minnesota Council of Churches at $19,350 for 2014, a level approximately equivalent to the per-baptized-membersupport level of the other ELCA synods in Minnesota.2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 57


Luther SeminaryBackground: Before the mergers of Lutherans in 1960 (American Lutheran Church/ALC) and 1962 (Lutheran Church in America/LCA), seminaries were almost entirely supported by the denominations. The training of pastors was work the church body undertook onbehalf of the whole church, at little cost to the students themselves, positioning students to be open to calls to the whole church. Overtime denominational support declined (as congregational support of denominations declined). As the ELCA was formed it was hoped that50% of the support of the eight seminaries of the ELCA would come from synods and the churchwide organization; synod support wasimplemented through a formula of relationships between particular seminaries and synods – SPAS was to support Luther Seminary. The50 percent level was never realized, and has continued to decline over the years. Currently less than 10 percent of the Luther Seminarybudget comes from synod and churchwide budget support.Current Support: $80,000 in 2012Synod Council Analysis and Rationale for Recommendation: The synod council believes there is a distinction between other partnerministries—those organizations to which we contribute financial support—and the seminaries of the church, which are the life-bloodof the training of leadership for the church. Financial report of theological education is an expectation of synods that is built into ourconstitution. Student tuition contributes to the increasing concern about the debt that students enter ministry carrying, a reality that hasa limiting effect on where they might serve and how exemplary they can be in their own financial stewardship leadership. It would seemthat contributing to the cost of educating leaders who are not only well trained, but able to model good stewardship ought to be the taskof the whole church. While seminaries—like colleges—have the means to raise significant dollars from their own development efforts, weare also aware of the danger of the seminaries becoming more responsive to wealthy donors than to the church they serve.The October 2012 consultation among synod councils of the six synods in Minnesota placed high value on the continued funding of seminaryeducation. Some synods are seeking to increase funding and thinking of ways to increase it incrementally, recognizing that seminariestrains and equip the lifeblood of the future of the church. The synod council recommends holding steady at our current funding andcreating a plan to increase our contribution incrementally in the future.Motion: Luther SeminaryPassed by the synod council, January 17, 20131. To recognize our unique partnership with the seminaries of the church and our synodical responsibility for supportingtrained and healthy leadership for the whole church; and to maintain current funding levels for 2014;2. To request that the synod council create a task force consisting of elected leadership and others to consider afunding rationale and strategy for increasing incrementally budget support in the next decade.C. SYNOD STAFF MINISRYStaff Ministry in the Office of the BishopBackground: The ELCA constitution outlines a substantial list of responsibilities assigned to the bishop. These responsibilities are carriedout by the bishop and staff who work from the Office of the Bishop (synod office). In 1988, 12.2 percent of the $2,548,000 of congregationalmission support was used to provide for a staff of 8.3 FTEs. In 2001 that staff FTE level was 9.2. In 2011, 32.2 percent of the$1,964,977 of congregational mission support was used to provide for a staff of 7.2 FTEs. As the range of ministries related in some wayto and through the synod has become more complex, both the financial and communication responsibilities expected of the synod officehave expanded.Current Support: $644,000 for compensation and benefitsSynod Council Analysis and Rationale for Recommendation: It is the conviction of the synod council that in the face of a trend of diminishingfinancial capacity for denominational work carried out through unrestricted/undesignated mission support for the work of thewhole church, the critical factor in building and maintaining a healthy sense of cohesion and belonging between the local congregationand the wider church beyond the congregation is the ability to maintain strong, functional, and meaningful relationships between thebishop/staff and the rostered and elected leadership in congregations. To lessen the capacity of the wider church to do that is to build ina weakening of the entire body. The council believes current staffing level has come to a level below which would be counter-productive.The council remains committed to maintaining the capacity of this office to do the work expected of it. The synod’s compensation philosophyprecludes coping with shortfalls by freezing or reducing salaries, as some have done.58 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


D. SYNOD MINISTRIESBackground: On the synod budget, this section (Part III) contains line items that fund some of the work we do that supports and equipsour leaders and congregations, carries out our responsibilities for oversight and governance, undergirds our electronic and print communication,and provides a small base of support for our companion synods in Tanzania and Guatemala. These line items are reviewed carefullyevery year and have been, over the years, eliminated or reduced. Sometimes these changes have occurred because programmatic emphasishas shifted—as in the case for children, youth and family, where we have sought to do less programming, but more resourcing and referral.Sometimes—in the case of communications—efficiencies have been affected through greater use of electronic communication. Sometimesthe changes have resulted in a diminished efforts and a detriment of the work we do as synod—in the case of support to rostered leadersand congregations. The synod council has already affirmed moving ahead with significant changes to our Bega Kwa Bega partnership inIringa and has been made aware of the efforts already underway to initiate those changes before the 2014 transition. Included here for thediscussion are considerations and rationale to increase funding to Tanzania.Companion Synod: Iringa DioceseBackground: n 1988 a relationship was struck between leadership in this synod and in the Iringa Diocese. Initiated by missionariesArne and Mary Blomquist, Bishop Erdahl, and Bishop Mdegella, the partnership soon involved others in this synod. In 2000 Bega KwaBega was launched. Bega Kwa Bega is Swahili for Shoulder to Shoulder and it articulates the philosophy of accompaniment with globalchurches that undergirds this partnership. The Rev. Don Fultz left his parish, and he and his wife Eunice became the coordinators for thenetwork of relationships that were launched between individual parishes here and in the Iringa Diocese in Tanzania. A synod budget figureof $25,000 was adopted in 2002 to support this growing partnership, which in 2001 had already grown to $143,413 in support of work inAfrica (and grew to $269,502 in 2002). The work has continued to grow, averaging around $1.2 million per year since 2007.Current Support: $23,000Synod Council Analysis and Rationale for Recommendation: Iringa has become the largest single center of missional energy in our synod.The role of the synod is properly to help undergird the church’s mission in this place and beyond. In 2012 it became painfully apparentthat the informal, volunteer-driven organization had experienced results of an inadequately staffed system in place, and changes welaunched to provide for organizational infrastructure that provides support and sustainability for the foreseeable future. For the synod,which provided an amount for that purpose that in 2002 was equivalent to 10 percent of total ministry work; to move from its currentlevel of 1.9 percent support ($23,000) to 3.6 percent ($43,000) is clearly justifiable.Such an increase is consistent with an understanding of the role of synod in providing those support and resource services to local ministryinitiatives that bind together the people of this synod and provide infrastructure to give strength to locally generated mission, also justifiedbecause it represents another shift in the composition of synod staff and the shift to global mission at the local level since the formation ofthe ELCA. Whereas synod staffs once were comprised heavily of generalists, the trend has shifted toward hiring more specialists, specificallyaround communications and finance. Other synods—the Minneapolis Area Synod and the Southeastern Minnesota Synod, for example—havemore recently seen the need to hire staff to coordinate global work. The depth and breadth of our global partnership with Iringarequires leadership who understand the nuances and complexity of the church, culture, and leadership in Tanzania—yet another specialist.In 2012 the Bishop’s Work Group for Iringa, in consultation with the executive committee, the finance committee, and the Iringa taskforce has developed a viable plan for a new structure that both addresses the need to sustain the bulk of the global work and recognizesthat this ministry, more than any other we do together in this synod, provides a steady pulse of vitality that builds up the whole church.(A clarifying postscript: by comparison, the $6,000 on the synod budget supporting the Guatemala work is 5.4 percent of the $110,000 insupport of work there sent in the past 12 months).Motion: Bega Kwa Bega PartnershipPassed by the synod council, January 17, 2013, for synod assembly actionTo support the recommendations of the Bishop’s Work Group on Iringa and to increase the support from the synodbudget from $23,000 to $43,000 beginning in 2014.2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 59


Appendix 2Background: Restructuring of the Bega Kwa Bega PartnershipSince the Bega Kwa Bega Fall Festival on November 17, 2012 when Bishop Rogness announced anumber of changes, the partnership has been undergoing administrative and financial restructuringthat will position the partnership for a strong, viable future. Be advised that since the proposal, includedbelow, was described by Bishop Rogness, a number of changes have occurred, some outlinedalready and some that have emerged as other changes were being implemented. For the completehandout with appendices given to those who attended the Bega Kwa Bega Fall Festival, pleasecontact the synod office.Bega Kwa Bega: Creating a Sound and Sustainable Partnership for the FutureA Letter from Peter Rogness to the Bega Kwa Bega Fall FestivalDear Partners in Ministry:After the announcement in June of the discrepancy in the financial records of our Bega Kwa Begapartnership, convened the Bishop’s Working Group on Iringa (BWGI) later in the summer toconsider the findings of the investigation that followed the discovery and to pursue a course ofaction that would put the partnership on stable organizational and financial ground for the future.Members of the BWGI include the Rev. Gary Langness, chair of the Iringa task force; the Rev.Lamont Koerner, associate companion coordinator; Bo Skillman, associate companion coordinator;Carol Hood, synod treasurer; Doug Johnson, East Central synod council representative;Gail Olson, synod vice president; and Beth Helgen, synod staff. I serve as convener and chairof this group; Beth Helgen serves as project director.The group was charged with examining all facets of the partnership and with developing a proposalfor a structure that would provide stability, strengthen the resources of congregations in theSaint Paul Area Synod, and, at the same time, maintain and build upon the vitality and premiseof accompaniment that flows through this partnership. It should be mentioned that the work ofthis group flows out of an assessment of the partnership and a synodwide consultation in 2008.In developing this proposal, the group worked with these general assumptions and goals:• The commitments and missional zeal of all involved persons and congregations will bemaintained. What we currently have is extraordinary; any changes should both honorand build upon all that has been.• This partnership will experience change commensurate with its scope of activity.• This change will very likely affect the partnership in ways both predictable and unpredictable.• The structure needs to provide for general oversight, financial accountability, policydevelopment, and relational development.• In order to provide such structure, we will need to identify financial resources notpresent at this time.• These financial resources will need to come from one or both of the only two availablesources: (a) additional administrative fees levied on scholarship, project, and travelexpenses, and (b) shifting of mission support from one or more of the three segmentsof the synod’s budget—from the churchwide organization, from partnership ministries,or from synodical staff/ministries.• The role of the Iringa task force will change and will be more closely integrated intothe ministry and structure of the synod itself.• The task force needs to have a defined structure outlined in the synod constitution thatdefines its duties and provides term limits that both builds on current leadership andallows new leadership to emerge.• The Office of the Bishop will be more closely involved in oversight of the Bega KwaBega partnership.60 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


• We will need to identify a sufficient level of accountability and financial oversight, recognizing the culturaldifferences that enrich this partnership and the trade-offs inherent in the differences. While we recognize thatdifferences in standards exist, we will engage in regular review of the standards and look to other organizationsfor instruction and counsel.• Finally, our goal is to have this new structure, including staff and funding, in place by 2014, when major transitiontakes place upon the election of a new bishop.A New Structure for Our Bega Kwa Bega PartnershipDiscussions among the BWGI, the Iringa task force, and others closely involved with the partnership have identifiedthe need for oversight of the mission of the partnership; financial accountability, internal controls, and coordinationbetween the synod office and the Bega Kwa Bega office in Iringa; the coordination of projects and development ofpolicies and procedures; and attention to the relational component that, more than anything else, gives sustenance andenergy to the congregations and individuals of both the Saint Paul Area Synod and the Iringa Diocese. The relationships—theintertwining of hopes, hurts, laughter, and faith—enliven this partnership and build up the body of Christ.Iringa CommitteeThe proposal for the new structure (See Appendix 3, page 14) calls for eliminating the Iringa task force in 2013 andcreating a standing Iringa Committee, with its own bylaws. (See Appendix 4, page 15) Volunteers—because they nurturethe relationships that give life to this partnership—will continue to be central to the work of Bega Kwa Bega, butthe Iringa Committee will provide oversight and coordination of the partnership in collaboration and consultation withthe bishop and with the Director of Bega Kwa Bega. (See Appendix 5, page 17)Director of Bega Kwa BegaThe Director of Bega Kwa Bega is a new position, which the work group anticipates will be .75 FTE. The need for a paidstaff position was identified in the 2008 consultation to give shape and accountability to the burgeoning partnership. TheDirector of Bega Kwa Bega will serve in a similar capacity as an assistant to the bishop—operating on two fronts, in theSaint Paul Area Synod and in the Iringa Diocese—and will assume the role of the current companion synod coordinators,the Rev. Don and Eunice Fultz, who have served as volunteers since the inception of the partnership in 2000. The Fultzeshave announced their hope to retire soon. The current time line (See Appendix 6, page 19 ) calls for this person to be inplace by November 2013 and to be in Iringa shortly after Christmas.Implementation of Increased Financial Controls in IringaThe investigation of the financial discrepancy identified the need for increased financial controls in the Bega Kwa Begaoffice in Iringa. In October, Greg Triplett, the synod financial administrator, and Sue Triplett, bookkeeper at Augustana,West St. Paul, traveled to Iringa to train Linda Lawrie, the bookkeeper in the BKB office, on a new accounting system; toexamine policies, procedures, and internal controls; and to make recommendations for change. Based on Greg’s recommendations,we will immediately begin tightening controls about negative balances in scholarship and congregationaccounts; arranging for the distribution of annual (and quarterly) reports; providing for back-up data entry; formalizingarrangements with affiliates and other vendors; reviewing record keeping of transactions on a regular basis; and seekingto put in place additional internal controls. Greg reported that he has great confidence in Linda Lawrie and that shelearned the new accounting system quite easily. Since Greg’s return, the two have corresponded as needed.In addition, a recommendation arose last summer to identify a financial coordinator to oversee the accounting involvedwith congregational projects and scholarships in Iringa. As the BWGI worked on this proposal, it became apparentthat oversight should be carried out from the Office of Bishop, and we are currently working with Greg Triplett aboutadding hours to handle this work.Funding the Future and Addressing the Financial DiscrepancyFunding the FutureIn developing a budget for the new structure, the BWGI recognized the need to begin to recoup the $212,000 discrepancyidentified earlier this year as well as to identify sources of income to support the infrastructure. The proposedbudgets for 2013-2015 (Appendix 7, page 20) reflect the projected operating budget with additional income providedthrough increased administrative fees on travel, scholarships, congregational projects, and funds wired on behalf of theaffiliates in addition to expense for the new Director of Bega Kwa Bega, accounting staff time, and general office.The budgets are drafts in progress. Funding needs to be addressed and formal approval for the changes in the BegaKwa Bega partnership need to be reviewed and approved by the synod council and then forwarded to the synod assemblyfor adoption since there are both budget implications and necessary changes in governing documents.2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 61


The group identified and considered the following possibilities for additional financial resources:• Support through the Saint Paul Area Synod budget (currently at $23K)• Traveler Fees (currently a voluntary fee of $100 is collected)• Administrative Fees (now at 2%)• Mandatory and adjusted Fair Share contributions• Adjustments in current level of mission support to the ELCA• Rental Income• Transportation Income• Gifts• FoundationsIncreased Travel and Administrative Fees Support InfrastructureWorking with both the finance committee and the Iringa task force, the BWGI considered various proposals forincreasing fees and recommends the following, beginning in 2013. Travel and administrative fees will be reviewedannually by the Iringa Committee.Mandatory travel fee of $200 will support arrangements and support of BKB personnelA mandatory travel fee of $200 will be collected from all who travel to Iringa and use the infrastructure and personnelmade possible by the Bega Kwa Bega partnership. The Bega Kwa Bega partnership makes possible flight and groundtransportation; hotel accommodations; arrangements and transportation to game parks; arrangements and transportationto visits to parishes and preaching points; assistance with medical issues and emergencies; information aboutcultural issues and sensitivities; hospitality while visiting the Iringa Diocese; wiring of travel funds to Iringa; and ahost of other services and assistance as needed by the hundreds of partners who travel to and from Iringa every year.As part of attending to the risk and contingencies involved in international travel, travelers will now need to submittwo forms before they depart for Iringa—a health information form and an emergency information and release form.(See Appendix 9, page 22) These forms will be kept on file in the synod office and a copy sent along to the Bega KwaBega office in Iringa.Administrative fees increase incrementally over three years for congregational projects and scholarshipsSince its inception the Bega Kwa Bega partnership has prided itself on directing all funds contributed by individualsand congregations to Iringa. In recent years, a 2% administrative fee has been added to pay for added bank fees, butwhile this additional income helps to support the partnership, the costs are largely borne by volunteer work. As thepartnership has grown in breadth and depth, it has also grown in complexity. Increasing administrative fees has becomea necessity. The Minnesota Charities Review Council says: “Although each charity is unique in its cost allocationand not limited legally, the Council’s standard “Use of Funds” recommends that charities spend at least 65 percent oftheir total annual expenses on their stated programs, and not more than 35% on administration and fundraising combined.”Clearly, it is both reasonable and timely to recognize the need for administrative costs to be gathered so thatthis important work can be done well.Over the years, a significant infrastructure has been created to support our partnership, both in the offices of the SaintPaul Area Synod and in the BKB office in Iringa. In the synod office, increasingly complex financial systems have beencreated by the synod financial administrator to wire and account for the more than ten million dollars directed to thepartnership. Several of the synod staff provide support for communications and arrangements for meetings. Othersmeet with members of the task force and other volunteers for consultation about various aspects of the partnership. InIringa, the companion coordinators, assisted by associate coordinators, provide coordination for travel arrangements,a variety of projects funded by congregations, hospitality, student scholarships, and extending our relationship withpastors and parishes.An administrative fee (10% in 2013; 12.5% in 2014; 15% in 2015) will be added to scholarships and all projects undertakenthrough congregational partnerships, including, but not limited to, construction projects, bicycles and motorbikes, water projects, and other efforts.Administrative fee for money wired on behalf of the affiliates subject to 2 percent feeMoney wired on behalf of the affiliates through the office of the Saint Paul Area Synod to Tanzania will be subject toa 2 percent fee. While the affiliates carry out activities independent of congregational projects and scholarships, theirwork often intersects with and they make use of the Bega Kwa Bega infrastructure and personnel. The accountabilitybetween Bega Kwa Bega and the affiliates will be reviewed carefully in upcoming months.62 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


Rent and transportationWe currently rent two apartments for the companion coordinator and other volunteers. One of the apartments—A5—stands empty for part of the year. In the past some unofficial, short-term volunteers have been allowed to stay in theapartment rent free. In 2013 rent will be collected from those who ask to stay in the apartment while they are in Iringaserving as volunteers. Similarly, unofficial volunteers often take advantage of the transportation provided by the BKBoffice, often at no expense. Transportation fees will now be collected in advance. While the amount of income collectedwill be nominal, this effort represents a way to be more financially accountable for maintaining a stable infrastructureover the long term for everyone. (See Appendix 10, page 26)Budget supportThe companion partnership receives $23K annually from a line item in the synod budget. As we anticipate the needfor more oversight and coordination, the synod council has been working to review our support to partnership ministries(Luther Seminary, Minnesota Council of Churches, Lutheran Campus Ministry of Minnesota, and Lutheran Coalitionfor Public Policy) as well as current levels of churchwide mission support and will in upcoming meetings addressthe budget gap and seek to identify ways to close it.Reducing the DiscrepancyAlong with proposing a new structure for the Bega Kwa Bega partnership, the BWGI also sought to create an initialplan for recovering some of the discrepancy identified last June. This discrepancy was largely responsible for setting inmotion this entire review and restructuring.A word of explanation. (For fuller explanation, see Appendices 1 and 2) The term “discrepancy” is used to refer to thedifference in balance between the sum of the nearly 200 separate spreadsheets that individual congregational scholarshipaccounts, project accounts, and other sub-funds, and the balance on hand in the actual checking accounts in Iringa. Overthe course of 12 years and more than $10 million channeled to various projects, the discrepancy between the spreadsheetsand cash on hand has developed. It is referred to as “discrepancy” rather than “missing money” because it’s quitelikely no money is missing, but rather, breakdowns in documenting expenditures, failure to account for varying exchangerates, and other misreported or unreported information have resulted over time in this difference in balances.Nevertheless, financial prudence calls on us to cover this discrepancy, in order to provide for the possibility that allmoney shown on spreadsheets would be called for at one time. Thus we created a plan for the recovery of the discrepancy.This will happen in two ways: (1) In these closing weeks of 2012 and on into next year, congregations will beinvited to examine closely the balances shown on the spreadsheets and be invited to accept a lower figure as sufficientto cover the scholarships and projects for which they have raised money. Each time a lower figure is accepted, the discrepancyis reduced. We will report at the Fall Festival what the response of these congregations has been. (2) For thenext several years, the annual operating budget of the Bega Kwa Bega partnership will anticipate income over expenses,and the balance will be applied each year to the reduction of the discrepancy. We anticipate that by the end of 2015the discrepancy will be reduced by over half, to an amount less than $100,000. (Appendix 8, page 21)ConclusionThe missional passion and vitality centered in the Bega Kwa Bega partnership has manifested itself in the work of theBWGI as well as those with whom the group consulted. Many options were considered; hard questions were asked ;difficult decisions were arrived at through consensus. The meetings were long. Personal preferences were laid aside toenvision new possibilities for the creation of a stronger and greater good. This partnership soars because of the personaldedication, knowledge of cultural nuances, and productivity of those who have built and continue to build thispartnership. As we work together to create a new future for Bega Kwa Bega, I ask for your openness to new possibilities,your patience as we move from an old way to a new way of accompanying our brothers and sisters in the IringaDiocese, and your prayers of thanks for the faithful and visionary servants in the Saint Paul Area Synod who firstimagined what this partnership might be.With thanks for your partnership in this ministry,Peter Rogness2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 63


Bulletin of ReportsReports from task force groups and synodical committees, ministry partners, and agencies andinstitutions affiliated with the Saint Paul Area Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church inAmerica are contained in the remaining pages of the Pre-Assembly Bulletin.These reports outline the array of work we undertake as congregations together in the SaintPaul Area Synod and as part of the whole church as we carry out global ministries, seek tobecome more inclusive and hospitable to all, develop resources and equip leaders, advocatefor justice and the common good, serve the needs of the poor and marginalized, and find new,collaborative, effective ways to work together as the body of Christ in the world.Those submitting printed reports include:Iringa Task ForceGuatemala Task ForceJoint Peace with Justice CommitteeCommittee for InclusivityLocal Mission PartnersHunger Work GroupAnti-Racism Task ForceChildren, Youth, and Family Leadership TeamLuther SeminaryMinnesota Council of ChurchesLutheran Coalition for Public Policy in MinnesotaRegion 3Lutheran Campus Ministry of MinnesotaRegion 3 ArchivesMission Investment FundLutheran Social Service of MinnesotaAugsburg FortressLuther CollegeCarthage CollegeWartburg College64 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


Iringa Task ForceIn 1990 Drs. Arne and Mary Blomquist invited six others to join them for a trip to the IringaDiocese which had been established as a new diocese in 1987. No one could have imaginedwhat would transpire over the next 23 years. The 1990 trip was centered on building relationshipswith this new diocese and the 40,000 people that were members of the EvangelicalLutheran Church in Tanzania. Twenty-three years later, the driving force in this partnershipcontinues to be on building relationships between members of the Saint Paul Area Synod andthe Iringa Diocese. More than 3,000 people from the Saint Paul Area Synod have visited inthe Iringa Diocese and about 100 people from the Iringa Diocese have traveled to Minnesota.When people meet in friendship an exchange of ideas and needs begin to be identified—and ithas been going on since 1990.1990 was the year that Bishop Mdegella shared the vision of building an institution of higherlearning in the southern part of Tanzania. In 1993 Drs. Arne and Mary Blomquist becameELCA missionaries and began the process of fulfilling the vision set forth by Bishop Mdegella.Tumaini University is the fulfillment of that vision, and the country of Tanzania is receivingthe gifts of hundreds of graduates who are finding jobs in leadership positions in business andgovernment and establishing new entrepreneurial enterprises. The mention of Tumaini University-Iringabrings positive comments from people thoughout the country.The medical work being carried out at Ilula Regional Hospital continues to grow and providea greater number of people with needed health care. The medical dispensary network reachesout to people in villages who otherwise would have to travel great distances to receive medicalcare. The long awaited nursing school at Ilula is set to open in the next year making it possibleto train nurses for a growing patient population. Shoulder to Shoulder, the medical organizationcreated in the Saint Paul Area Synod, has provided many opportunities for health carestudents in Minnesota to have firsthand experiences in a developing nation.The Ag Institute has established more than 50 Companion Village Plots (CVP) to help the localpeople learn proper planting and fertilizer application techniques. Teaching preferred agriculturalmethods results in better crop production. This, in turn, provides a better standard ofliving for families and helps to pay school fees for their children. The success stories that comefrom the congregations who participate in the CVP program is cause for celebration.Having enough money to purchase seed and fertilizer is being addressed by the Iringa Hopeprogram referred to as SACCO’s. Thirty-five villages now have a SACCO’s program whichallows people to borrow money and pay it back in a timely manner. The repayment history inthe Iringa region would be the envy of any bank or lending institution in America. Every loanhas been paid back.In other areas of partnership, the broadcasts of Radio Furaha now reaches more than 100,000people in the Iringa region. The Ag Institute and the Iringa Hope programs provide regularprogramming on Radio Furaha in a talk show format. More callers than can be handled waiton the phone line to ask their question or to give an opinion. Radio Furaha also provides spiritualprogramming, including Sunday morning sermons in English, which is being well receivedin the villages.The sponsorship of secondary school students continues. Beginning with the 2013 schoolyear, all new students who wish to receive a scholarship must attend an Iringa Diocese school.Increased enrollment for the diocese schools will provide more funds for the diocese schools tohire more educated teachers and provide a better education for the 1,400 students sponsoredby Bega Kwa Bega. While some of the diocese schools are struggling to become top academicsettings, progress is being made.Continued on page 662013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 65


The Huruma Centre continues to provide love and care for 36 orphans who live inside the centreand another 25 children who are now too old to stay at Huruma and live out in the community.It is an amazing thing to see how these children thrive under the leadership of MamaChilewa and her staff.The Million Tree project suffered a setback with the death of Rev. Wilbert Magalenga. Wilbertwas the diocese person responsible for securing seedlings and getting them into the hands ofthe diocese schools and parishes. At the time of this writing a new person has not been appointedto fill that position, but trees are still being distributed and planted.Growth continues in the Iringa Diocese. Many parishes have now been divided as congregationscontinue to grow. While we in America are experiencing the decline of mainline denominations,the church in Tanzania is seeing significant growth in membership. In January of2013, we were told that the Iringa Diocese now has 86 parishes, 820 preaching points andmore than 100,000 members.It has been 23 years since the Blomquists invited others to share in the life of the Iringa Diocese.Many positive relationships have been established and much has been done to lift thespirit and the lives of the people on both sides of the ocean. One can only imagine what thenext 23 years will bring. We give thanks to God for the past and place our trust and hope inGod as we walk together Bega Kwa Bega (Shoulder to Shoulder) with the people of Iringa.Creating relationships and worshiping with the people of the Iringa Diocese continue to be atthe heart and center of this partnership.The Rev. Gary Langness, chair66 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


Guatemala Task ForceThis synod assembly marks the eighth anniversary of our formal relationship with the IglesiaLuterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG). The partnership continues to grow, as more andmore churches here in Minnesota, as well as in Southeastern Synod, are learning about theprofound ways in which the ILAG works with the poor. Two areas of ministry which havegrown exponentially through the support of the Saint Paul Area Synod are leadership developmentand women’s ministry.Bishop Horacio Castillo and the entire ILAG pastoral team are lifting up leaders from eachcommunity, both urban and rural, in order to build a sustainable church structure. Leaderswho speak one of the 22 indigenous languages, who live in and understand well the localcultures, are invited into the ILAG Lutheran Center Seminary in Guatemala City four timeseach year to study and grow in faith. They are encouraged to develop preaching skills, to planSunday school lessons, and to serve their home congregation in a multitude of ways. Your giftshave helped to fund these leadership sessions.The area of women’s ministry is under the leadership of the bishop’s wife, Pastor Esther, andhis daughter, Pastor Karen. Women from the Guatemala City churches meet monthly at theLutheran Center, while the rural women make the day-long trip into the capital several timeseach year. These meetings include Bible study, lessons in cooking and sewing, literacy classes,and fellowship. An important result is increased self-esteem in these women who often marryyoung, spending their days caring for their families in isolation. Your gifts have supported thecost of these retreats for women.We were pleased to welcome Bishop Horacio and Pastor Esther last November for a ten-dayvisit to the Saint Paul Area Synod. One of the highlights of their visit was the GuatemalaGathering, a time when interested people gathered to receive information firsthand about themany ILAG ministries. The event included worship, a keynote address by Bishop Horacio, andworkshops on health ministry, women’s ministry, travel tips for delegations, accompaniment,and a conversation about working with the ILAG. We hope to hold this event yearly as a wayfor us to network and receive direct communication from Guatemala.The ILAG is in a time of transition, as some of you already know. Pastors Horacio and Amanda(Olson de) Castillo are leaving Guatemala to live in Minnesota. They have met with the synod’scandidacy committee to discuss the process for becoming ordained in the ELCA. Our synodtask force is committed to supporting the ILAG in whatever way we can as the pastoral teamreassigns tasks and hires new people as replacements. The Guatemalan Church will continueits mission, and we will accompany them. We invite you to join us.Janet Metcalfe, Chair2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 67


Committee for InclusivityThe joint synod committee for inclusivity is a committee of the Minneapolis Area and SaintPaul Area Synods. Trusting the reconciling grace of Christ, who has overcome all divisions,we provide support and opportunities for growth in faith and understanding to persons of allsexual orientations and gender identities, their families and friends, and to the church and itsmembers.2012 ActivitiesIn 2012, the committee has been involved in the following activities:Lutheran Student ScholarshipThe inclusivity committee awarded a $3,000 scholarship in 2012. Funds are raised from areacongregations and individuals. Edina Community Lutheran Church provided a challenge grantthat was matched by the GLBT ministry team of Central Lutheran Church. Scholarships areawarded annually, and given in support of a local Lutheran LGBT student attending college oran LGBT student attending a Lutheran college. In 2012, the scholarship award was awarded toRonnie Berg, a student in social work and deaf studies at Augsburg College.Liaison for Synod Response to Marriage Legislation• Worked with joint peace with justice committee to present an issue fair forum on October6 at Incarnation Lutheran Church in Shoreview. The purpose of the forum wasto present pro and con speakers on the voter ID and marriage amendments proposedby the legislature to change the Minnesota State Constitution. There was time for smallgroup discussions after each pair of presentations, and time to ask questions of thespeakers, to promote understanding and civil discussion about these issues. From ourcommittee, the Rev. Glen Wheeler spoke against the marriageamendment.• As individuals, participated in work against the marriage amendment through participatingin phone banks; receiving training for, and inviting, individual conversationson the issue; speaking or participating in congregation forums; and introducing resolutionsin conference assemblies for consideration by the two synod assemblies.Additional information is available on the committee’s website at: http://www.msp-synod-inclusivity.org.Lee Anne Lack, Chair68 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


Local Mission PartnersDid you knowOur diversity in the metro area has increased by 13% in the last decade?Did you know that the Saint Paul Area Synod Local Mission Partners has touched thousandsof people through this year?Our Saint Paul Area Synod through its Local Mission Partners mission team engages in God’smission with prayer, presence, and presents with the following ministries?Highlights this yearPueblo de Fe (Latino ministry), reaching out to the growing Latino community in West St.Paul: Ministry coordinator Jacqueline Belzer is in the TEEM (Theological Education for EmergingMinistries) program, anticipating ordination in 2014!Agora at Luther Seminary, multicultural Christian education for ethnic leaders in congregations:More than 30 ethnic leaders are being trained in theology and congregational leadershipat Luther Seminary!Daily Work, providing job counseling at Christ Lutheran in St. Paul and at Christ the King inNew Brighton: In seven years, Daily Work has met six hundred job seekers of whom one thirdhave found jobs.Hmong Central and Hmong Good Samaritan, reaching out to the growing Hmong communityin St. Paul: gatherings of the largest Hmong Lutheran community in the world!Minnesota Faith Chinese and Joy Fellowship reaching out to U of M students and their families.Local Mission Partners through a gift from the Saint Paul Area Synod Women helpedsupport a summer program for children in partnership with Galilee Lutheran, Roseville.Southeast Asian Ministry closed its door this past year. SeAM has served thousands of immigrantsas a catalyst to empower refugees and immigrants. Their work now continues throughmany other community and church based ministriesThrough the Local Mission Partners tens of thousands of dollars have been given through thevarious ministries we serve. Thanks to all who have joined in supporting these and other ethnicministries in our synod! Anyone wishing to be a part of our quarterly meetings of mutual supportand planning outreach activities will be warmly welcomed!Emil Brunner said, “The church exists by mission as a fire exists by burning.”Vern Rice2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 69


Hunger Work GroupCompelled by God’s love, we work to alleviate hunger in all of God’s world by prompting congregationsand their members to practice generosity and to advocate for a just sharing of the world’s abundance.The deadline for preparing this 2013 report camesduring the lseason of Lent. In this holytime many of us choose to either fast or “give up” certain foods to help focus our thoughts onthe journey of our Lord to the cross. For most of us in the Saint Paul Area Synod our fast isoptional and, much like our New Year’s resolutions, not always honored or lasting. For manyothers who share God’s world with us, fasting is not an option. Local food shelves continue tosee growing numbers of people, many of them working families with children. Natural disasters,economic turndowns, wars, and conflicts around the world yield long-term devastation,increasing numbers of refugees, and continued hunger. Our changing climate means that whatwas once fertile ground is no longer able to provide for growth and more people are hungry.God calls us again and again in scripture to be there for those who hunger for daily bread. We in theELCA are fortunate to have many ways to work together to be more effective than we could ever bealone in working to alleviate hunger domestically and internationally. We are grateful for the ELCAWorld Hunger Program, for Lutheran World Relief, and for the Lutheran World Federation. Oursynod continues to be among the very lowest in contributions to the ELCA World Hunger Program ,and we continue to urge congregations to be generous to this excellent response to God’s call.The hunger work group works to educate and encourage congregations in the Saint Paul Area Synodabout the needs of God’s hungry people and how best to help them. We always are aware of the factthat hunger is most often a symptom of a larger problem—poverty is often the root of the problem.Our group works interdependently with the synod, region, the ELCA, and other organizations likeBread for the World, Church World Service, JRLC, and A Minnesota Without Poverty to end hunger.Our group ranked and forwarded to the ELCA hunger grant applications from four agencies/organizationswithin the synod in 2012. They all received funding totalling $6,000.00. Be watching formore information in Faithlink, the e-news and the blog about the recipients and their programs.We held two of our regular work group meetings at sites which previously received ELCAhunger grant funding. It was exciting to learn about, meet the congregational and neighborhoodpeople involved, and even help with the community garden project at Peace, Lauderdale.We also met with members at Zion, St. Paul, and heard about the history and growth of theirThursday meal and food distribution.The “Seasonings for the Synod” blog continues to be a part of the synod website with new postingsabout every two weeks. We hope that you are finding the musings, recommendations, andinformation shared there to be of help as you look at ways to be nudged into trying somethingnew and/or different with your hunger ministries, both individually and in your congregations.We urge you, who very likely EAT more than well, to remember the “-ATE” words of hunger:• EducATE yourselves, your family and congregation about the causes, needs, and solutions ofhunger• ParticipATE volunteer with local shopping, feeding and food shelf programs• DonATE wisely both locally and through the ELCA World Hunger program• AdvocATE for government programs of nutrition, sustainable development, and efficient, effective aidDale and Vernita Kennen, co-chairs70 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


Peace with Justice CommitteeThe peace with justice committee of the Minneapolis Area and Saint Paul Area Synods is agroup of Twin Cities persons centered in the understanding that we are called by Christ to bepeacemakers and bringers of justice, expressed in the words of our Lutheran liturgy “to strivefor justice and peace in all the earth.”The Peace with Justice Committee of the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Area Synods is guided bythe ELCA social statement For Peace in God’s World adopted by the ELCA in 1995.The work of the Peace with Justice Committee, in 2012, is summarized as follows:The committee continued focus on peace for Palestine/Israel and on Care of Returning Veterans.The committee worked on the identification and development of resources directed towardinforming youth on faith and conscience issues inherent in military service in fulfillment ofresolutions submitted to the assemblies of the Saint Paul Area and Minneapolis Area Synods.The committee set up a Native American task force for the purpose of generating conversationaround Native American justice issues. Throughout the year, the task force held a series ofdiscussion meetings to listen and learn about these issues in the Twin Cities and beyond.The committee sponsored an issues fair held in October at Luther Seminary.The committee engaged Luther Seminary staff in discussions about how the committee canbetter support peace with justice learning experiences for Luther students.The peace with justice committee of the Minneapolis Area and Saint Paul Area Synods continuedits monthly peace forums held from 12:30-2:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of each monthat Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, starting with lunch, followed by speakers anddiscussion.The Peace with Justice Committee of the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Area Synods works incollaboration with other organizations that seek justice and peace including:Bread for the WorldPeople of Faith PeacemakersLutheran World ReliefLutheran Coalition for Public Policy in MinnesotaNonviolent PeaceforceEvery Church a Peace ChurchLutheran Peace FellowshipChurches for Middle East PeaceISAIAHDick Hilden, Chair2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 71


Report of the Anti-Racism Task ForceThe Saint Paul Area Synod anti-rascism task force continues the work on becoming a multiculturalchurch as outlined in resolution 2010-1 and 2012-5 as well as previously in resolution1995-07 (to become an anti-racist synod). Resolution 2012-5 affirmed the commitment toaddress anti-racism with intentional strategies by people of faith, whereas the church cannotbecome multicultural without also becoming anti-racist. These continuing resolutions reiteratethe need to raise awareness, dig deeper on the issues, and invite activism, through three initiatives:recruiting and training leaders, partnering with other action/advocacy organizations andsponsoring events to advance the cause of racial justice.Most of our efforts were at the synod level this year. Since May 2012 these include:Recruiting and Training LeadersThe task force held a one-to-one relationship building mini-session at the 2013 Toolkitfor Congregations in February involving training on the one-to-one process, experience inusing the technique with the people of color in attendance, and information on resourcesavailable to council members to continue the conversations in their congregations. At thisand other events we have sponsored in the last two years, we have gathered names for aspecial interest group email newsletter.Partnering with Other Action/Advocacy OrganizationsMembers of the task force partnered with Take Action Minnesota and Isaiah to bring racialjustice and equality issues to the attention of the Minnesota legislature in March 2013.Sponsoring Racial Justice EventsThe Task Force sponsored a synodwide hearing on the ELCA draft social statementoncriminal justice, “Hearing the Cries: Faith and Criminal Justice” in October 2012. Thehearing featured a panel of speakers including:• Dr. Marie Failinger, law professor at Hamline University Law School• Dr. Jonathan Rose, a 3M chemical engineer and active community organizer forAfrican Immigrant and African-American groups• Lee Buckley, Community ReEntry Coordinator for the MN Department of Corrections.The panel presentation was followed by small group discussion designed to encourageparticipants to dig deeper into the issues of criminal justice and the role of communities offaith. The session included information on study guides available on the ELCA website tocontinue the conversation at the congregation level or through the Samuel DeWitt ProctorConference on Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in anAge of Colorblindness.WELCA racial justice workshops were held at the Saint Paul Area Synod Women’s OrganizationAnnual Conference in April 2013 and at a joint session with the Minneapolis SWOin November 2012.Future WorkWe have initiated a conversation with the staff of the ELCA’s ethnic and multicultural ministriesteam to explore using available resources to conduct a series of training events on race,culture, and outreach. Our intention is to build momentum for sustainable multicultural ministryand antiracism work in congregations. In addition, we will explore partnering with otheraction/advocacy organizations in the Twin Cities to move from awareness to advocacy.Lynette Zika, chair72 2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY


Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Leadership TeamOur Mission Statement: “To support, encourage, enable and develop children, youth, and familyministries as they effectively share the Good News of Jesus Christ.”The Children, Youth, and Family (CYF) leadership team includes representatives from bothSaint Paul Area Synod and Minneapolis Area Synods including Rev. Susan Miller, assistant tothe bishop in the Saint Paul Area Synod, and Jo Mueller, AiM and youth and family ministrycoordinator, Minneapolis Area Synod. This collaborative team provides fellowship events, networkingopportunities, training and other support to congregations, ministers, and the youngpeople with whom they serve. Team members serve on one of three working groups: trainingteam, resourcing team, or networking team.A few highlights of the CYF leadership team activities in the past year:• Support of ongoing networks and aid in creation of new networks where paid andvolunteer ministry leaders gather for fellowship, professional encouragement, and exchangeof ideas—including a new children’s ministry network in the Minneapolis AreaSynod.• Hosted a lunch for MAS/SPAS guests at the ELCA Youth Ministry Network’s Extravaganzain Anaheim, CA.• Hosted an Ascension Day breakfast (annual) networking event for children and youthministry adult leaders from MAS and SPAS with 120 in attendance.• Welcomed new-to-synod children, youth and family ministers at a lunch and receptionin October.• Co-sponsored a RECHARGE conference in January with several organizations: over800 professional and volunteer youth and children’s ministry workers gathered thatday for encouragement and training.• Co-chairs Chris Okey and Don Marsh have taken on the role of synod “coaches” fora new three-year training initiative called “Practice Discipleship” (that is funded bythe ELCA. The scope of PD 2, as it is called, is to ignite a conversation in the churchat large around issues of faith development so that we are better equipped to moveforward into the future with hopeful hearts.To get the word out about these and other ministries and partnerships, our synods regularlyprepare a variety of communications that all interested parties are welcome to access. Updatesand information can be found on both synods’ websites. To add your name to the list of recipientsfor periodic email notifications, please contact Rev. John Hulden or Rev. Susan Miller atsusan.miller@spas-elca.org.The members of the CYF leadership team remain thankful for the support that you, as congregationsand members of our synods, have provided during the past year. We look forward tocontinued opportunities to serve alongside of you in the year to come.Chris Okey and Don Marsh, co-chairs2013 SAINT PAUL AREA SYNOD ASSEMBLY 73


Lutheran Campus Ministry of MinnesotaDear brothers and sisters of the Saint Paul Area Synod,Greetings to you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is our life and our light. It has been apleasure to serve as the chair of the Lutheran Campus Ministry of Minnesota Board. I am fortunate toserve alongside of many passionate individuals serving in varying capacities, from campus pastors toboard members at the nine campus ministries of our fine public universities in Minnesota.You may or may not know that Lutheran Campus Ministry of Minnesota (LCMM) has in the lastcouple of years transitioned itself into a granting board. No longer do we call or provide compensationfor the campus pastors. Each of the six synods, including your own, generously give partner dollarsthat are then distributed by the granting board during its fall meeting. The grant determinations arecurrently based on the use of the Quadrennial Review process that takes place at each campus ministrysite every four years. The review process provides the campus pastor, student leaders, and the localboard with structure and accountability, whereby they set ministry goals and outcomes. These goalsand outcomes manifest themselves in a variety of way: board development and participation at eachcampus ministry sight, financial development, leadership support for students, vibrant and faithfulworship, Bible Study opportunities, mission trips, meals, fellowship, and most importantly an encounterwith the God Who has called and claimed our young adults and walks with them during theircollege education. The local campus ministry boards are then encouraged to review these goals andoutcomes at least annually, assessing them as they go and adding to them as they see fit. The reviewprocess is a lengthy one, affirming that which is good and providing feedback on areas of growth.We give thanks for those teams of individuals who devote their time, talents, and energy to such animportant process.We give thanks for your continued support as a synod to Lutheran Campus Ministry of Minnesota, andyour support of the wonderful and vibrant ministry that is taking place on the Twin Cities Campusesof the University of Minnesota. Your financial gifts given in 2012 to LCMM totaled $98, 810.63which—combined with the financial gifts given by the five other synods in Minnesota—has helped tosustain vibrant and faithful ministry at each of the campus ministry sites.I love to hear from students who participate in the life of LCMM as it manifests itself on the campusesthrough Minnesota. They are so grateful for the community they have found, the grace and love thatis extended to them, and the opportunity to grow in their faith. We have exceptional campus pastorswho provide pastoral care to students, faculty, and staff at each of our public universities. And youhelp make that possible! Thank you! A thousand times thank you! You are making a difference in thelives of college students across this state and we at LCMM couldn’t be more honored to be partneredin ministry with you.The Rev. Rachel L. O. Stout, chair


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