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By ELCA publications staff and Religion News Service

Church council addresses theological education

Meeting in Chicago April 7-10, the ELCA Church Council approved recommendations and implementing strategies to help sustain theological education for the church. Among the recommendations put forward by the Theological Education Advisory Council (TEAC) was creating an advisory committee to the Church Council.

The advisory committee is being asked “to sustain a robust network of theological education for the ELCA and to prioritize and to oversee the implementation of the TEAC recommendations.”

Authorized by the Church Council in 2013, TEAC was established to address in a holistic way issues on theological education, leadership develop- ment, candidacy, call and rostered leaders.

The Church Council also recommended that the 2016 Churchwide Assembly approve the Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO) strategy. AMMPARO is a commitment to accompany vulnerable children today and in the future. The ELCA strategy will respond to the situations in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala that have led to the migration of children and their families through Mexico into the United States.

In other business, the council:

• Received an invitation from the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) to study the significance of the Lutheran communion for its member churches.

• Recommended budget proposals for adoption by the Churchwide Assembly in August: current fund spending authorization of $65,296,005 for 2017; current fund income proposal of $64,057,220 for 2018 and $64,151,175 for 2019; and ELCA World Hunger income of $24.8 million for 2017, $25 million for 2018 and $25 million for 2019.

• Approved a revised 2016 fiscal year ELCA World Hunger spending authorization of $22 million.

• Adopted amendments to the ELCA constitution and bylaws that change the name of the Congregational and Synodical Mission unit to Domestic Mission.

8 JUNE 2016

Jesus was an immigrant “Mama, is it true that Jesus was an immigrant?” Heidi Neumark (center) overheard a young boy ask his mother during a rally in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. The mother reportedly said yes. Neumark, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan/Iglesia Luterana Trinidad, stands with the boy, his mother and others April 18 as the Supreme Court began deliberating the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

Magazines win ACP awards ELCA magazines received awards for work produced during 2015 at the Associated Church Press convention in April in St. Louis. The Lutheran (predecessor to Living Lutheran) won an award of excellence (first place) for “Shalom church,” a “Deeper understandings” column by Craig L. Nessan and edited by Daniel Lehmann, editor. Lehmann also won an award of merit (second place) for his column “Ups, a few downs the past 10 years.” Heidi Neumark’s “Through a glass darkly,” edited by Julie B. Sevig, received an award of merit. Gather, the magazine of Women of the ELCA, won an award of merit for “All of God’s people” by Sandra D’Amico, Elizabeth Hunter editor. Café ( and the organization’s electronic newsletter won awards of excellence and an honorable mention (third place). Elizabeth McBride is editor of Café.

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