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Eighth Biennial Convention
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario
July 4 - 8, 2001

Second Sitting
Thursday, July 5, 2001, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Rev Val Hennig opened today's sessions with devotions.

Report of the Committee on Registration and Credentials

Bill Free reported the following registration figures:

Lay delegates registered 187
Ordained delegates registered 173
Total delegates registered 360
Visitors registered 162
Total persons registered 522

Report of the Committee on Minutes

Secretary Robert Granke presented the minutes from the first sitting of the convention for adoption.

NC-01-05  MS  That the minutes from the first session be adopted as presented.

CARRIED

Greeting

Archbishop Michael Peers, Primate, ACC, brought greetings to the convention.

Report of the Committee on Elections

Chairperson Rev Marty Tuer reported on behalf of the Committee on Elections as follows:

On the second ballot:

Votes cast
350
Ballots spoiled
2
Ballots required to elect
231

No election on this ballot

The following people will appear on the next ballot for National Bishop of the ELCIC.

Glen Carlson

Matthew Diegel

Don Engel

Jon Fogleman

Robert Goos

Allan Grundahl

Cynthia Halmarson

Mark Harris

Norris Heubner

Gordon Jensen

K. Glen Johnson

Susan Johnson

Robert Kelly

Nancy Kelly

Lawrence Kochendorfer

Stephen Kristenson

Rebecca Larsen

Harry Meier

David Pfrimmer

Gerhart Preisch

Michael Pryse

Brian Rude

Raymond Schultz

Robert Shantz

Richard Smith

Martha Tuer

Bill Wiegert


Report from the Committee on Reference and Counsel

Chairperson Rev Jann Boyd presented the report on behalf of the Committee on Reference and Counsel.

MS That the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada:

  1. Commit itself to work to make our church a safe place for all persons by working to eliminate sexual abuse;
  2. Endorse a policy of non–tolerance of any form of sexual abuse by any Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada personnel and members;
  3. Encourage each congregation to commit to becoming a safe place by working to:
    1. Foster an atmosphere in which sexual abuse may be discussed in the freedom and compassion of the gospel;
    2. Engage in education for prevention of all forms of sexual abuse;
    3. Provide pastoral care for survivors and referrals for treatment of offenders;
    4. Support and implement policies and procedures that assist the members of the congregation and its leadership to cope in healing and redemptive ways with abuse; and
    5. Manifest concern about sexual abuse in the community, e.g. families, schools and workplaces.

MS That the motion be referred to the conference of bishops for further discussion.

MOTION TO REFER DEFEATED

NC-01-06  MS  That the motion be referred to the National Church Council.

MOTION TO REFER CARRIED

NC-01-07  MS  That the following motion be referred to National Church Council:
That the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada:

  1. Encourage congregations to make it a priority to teach, practise, and model non–violence, both for their own members and in service to the communities, with special emphasis on children and youth;
  2. Support the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates' Appeal to the United Nations and their subsequent Declaration of a Year of Education for Non–violence during the year 2000, and their Declaration for a Decade for a Culture of Non–violence during 2000–10; and
  3. Encourage congregations to urge schools, city councils and legislatures to adopt the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates' Appeal as policy and to plan public education efforts and resources to implement it.

CARRIED

(The previous two motions were submitted by the members of Mount Zion, Edmonton)

NC-01-08  MS  That the following motion be referred to National Church Council and the Synod Councils:
That the synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada demonstrate their vision and commitment to growth in obedience to our Lord's Great Commission by establishing a goal of creating fifty new mission congregations across the synods within the next ten years.

CARRIED

(This motion was submitted by the members of Emmanuel, Calgary)

NC-01-09 MS That the ELCIC National Church Council bring to the 2003 National Convention a constitutional amendment that would establish a Conference of Bishops composed of the National Bishop and the bishops, currently in office, of each of the ELCIC's synods, with the functions of the Conference and its relation to the National Church and to the synods clearly defined.

MS That the motion be amended by adding "or bylaw" after the word constitutional.

AMENDMENT CARRIED

MS That the motion be amended by adding the words "in form and in function" after the word establish.

AMENDMENT DEFEATED

AMENDED MOTION CARRIED

(This motion was submitted by: Edward Chell, Grace, Edson, AB; Patricia Giannelia, St Paul, Richmond Hill, ON; Michael Hackbusch, St Paul, Kitchener, ON; Alannah Hegedus, St Mark, Kitchener, ON; James Hendricksen, St Paul Ellerslie, Edmonton, Val Hennig, St John, Waterloo, ON; Robert Kelly, St Mark, Kitchener, ON; André Lavergne, Trinity, New Hamburg, ON; David Malina, St Matthews, Kitchener, ON; Michael Mills, Advent, Toronto, Harold Remus, St Mark, Kitchener, ON; Jonathan Schmidt, St Mark, Kitchener, ON; Bob Shantz, St Ansgar, Toronto, Stephen Weber, St John, Waterloo, ON)

MS That the following motion be referred to National Church Council:
That in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada: Manual re Discipline of Ministers, the "Rules for Synod Committee on Discipline, Section C17" be amended as follows:
The rules of evidence and other rules used in formal judicial proceedings shall not necessarily apply to the hearing. Testimony or documentary evidence shall not be excluded merely because it would be excluded under such formal rules.

DEFEATED

Additions are bold, deletions are italic

NC-01-10  MS  That the following motion be deferred until the Bylaw related to Discipline is adopted by the convention:

That in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada: Manual re Discipline of Ministers, the "Rules for Synod Committees on Discipline" (Bulletin of Reports, Appendix 7, p. X.34), Section C17 be amended to read as follows:

The rules of evidence and other rules used in formal judicial proceedings shall not necessarily apply to the hearing. Testimony or documentary evidence shall not be excluded merely because it would be excluded under formal rules. For example, evidence However, hearsay (defined as evidence regarding things not seen or heard by the witness but reported by her/him for another shall not be excluded. merely because it is hearsay, although individual members of a Committee on Discipline may choose to give hearsay evidence little or no weight or importance.

CARRIED

(This motion was submitted by: Edward Chell, Grace, Edson, AB; Patricia Giannelia, St Paul, Richmond Hill, ON; Michael Hackbusch, St Paul, Kitchener, ON; James Hendricksen, St Paul, Ellerslie, Edmonton, Val Hennig, St John, Waterloo, ON; Robert Kelly, St Mark, Kitchener, ON; André Lavergne, Trinity, New Hamburg, ON; David Malina, St Matthews, Kitchener, ON; Michael Mills, Advent, Toronto, Harold Remus, St Mark, Kitchener, ON; Jonathan Schmidt, St Mark, Kitchener, ON)

MS That the church bylaws, Part V, Article X, section 13 be amended to read as follows:

Section 13. The privilege of the floor shall be granted at all times to all members of the National Church Council and of the Court of Adjudication and to the synod bishops and to the President of the Evangelical Lutheran Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and the Youth Assembly.

NC-01-11 MS That this item be referred back to the Committee on Reference and Counsel for editing to be returned to the convention at a later time.

CARRIED

(This motion was submitted by: Rev Kolleen Karlowsky, Winnipeg River Parish, MB and Rev Richard Schulz, Strasbourg/Bulyea Parish, SK)

NC-01-12 MS That the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada meeting in convention, July 2001, welcome the participants of Junction 2001 to Thunder Bay, ON, July 16–20, 2001, asking God's blessings for the participants' safe travel, learning, service, community–building, worship and recreation.

CARRIED

(This motion was submitted by: Rev Matthew Diegel, Our Saviour/Immanuel, Thunder Bay, ON, and Rev Elaine Sauer, St Mark, Winnipeg.)

Church Schools Vignettes

Report of NCC cont'd.

NC-01-13 MS To add a new Section 5 to Part XIII of the Administrative Bylaws of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada as follows:

"The pension and benefit plans shall be managed by a subsidiary of the church. The board of directors of such subsidiary shall consist of ten directors. The convention shall elect three individuals who are lay members of a congregation of this church and three individuals who are on a roster of ordained ministers, for recommendation to the National Church Council for appointment to the board of directors of the subsidiary. Four additional directors at large shall be appointed by the National Church Council. The terms of appointment shall be four years, provided that initially some of the appointments shall be for a two–year term in order that the terms of one half of the directors of the subsidiary expire following each biennial convention."

CARRIED

NC-01-14 MS To approve changes to Part III, Section 1, 2 and 5 of the Administrative Bylaws of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada as follows:

Part III Ordained MinistersRostered Ministers

Section 1. Standards for Acceptance

To be eligible for ordination or acceptance onto the roster of ordained ministers into the ordained ministry of this church, a candidate must have accepted a call (which may be subject to the candidate's ordination) and must have met one of the following standards:

c. Have been a member of the clergy of another denomination and have undertaken additional theological preparation in a seminary of this church, or have passed a comprehensive examination prepared by the national church and administered by the synodical committee, which may also require the successful completion of an internship in a parish of this church. Persons who have been ordained in the name of the Triune God through laying on of hands by another denomination, and have been aproved by colloquy, shall be accepted into the roster of ordained ministers of this church through a public rite that includes affirmation of the ordination vows of this church.

(The underlined addition to Section 1,c was originally read as a new Section 1,d. The convention agreed that it would be a friendly editorial amendment to make the change as shown above.)

CARRIED

Section 2,c. Personal qualifications for carrying out the functions of the ordained ministry, to which a call has been extended.

Section 5. Ordained ministers on the faculty of the Lutheran Theological Seminary must maintain status on the roster of the British Columbia Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Alberta Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Saskatchewan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada or the Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. The synod in which the faculty member will be rostered will be decided by the Board of Directors of Lutheran Theological Seminary.

CARRIED

Report of the Anglican/Lutheran Joint Working Group (ALJWG)

The ALJWG was introduced to the convention and the document Called to Full Communion: The Waterloo Declaration was reviewed.

Report of the Committee on Elections

Chairperson Rev Marty Tuer explained that the third ballot would be distributed and those people who had received at least one vote on the second ballot appear on the third ballot. A majority of votes cast would elect the National Bishop. Delegates were asked to add Don Engel to the ballot as that name had been inadvertently missed.

Chaplain Rev Val Hennig offered a prayer prior to the third ballot being distributed.

The third ballot was distributed.

Bishop Sartison declared the balloting closed.

This sitting was closed by Rev Val Hennig leading the convention in prayer and with the Youth Assembly leading the Doxology.

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