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Tenth Biennial Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
July 21 - 24, 2005
Winnipeg, Manitoba

In Mission for Others

Second Sitting: Friday, July 22, 2005 – 9:00 a.m. (DRAFT)

The convention musician, Mark Mummert, led the assembly in singing a new hymn.

The Rev. Susan Johnson, Chair, invited the Rev. Michael Kurtz to open the meeting with prayer. His message was God’s promise to come, and his protection.

Report of the Committee on Registration and Credentials

The Committee reported the following registration figures:

Convention Registration

Registration Type Number Attending
Lay delegates registered 244
Ordained delegates registered 162
Total voting delegates registered 406
Visitors registered 159
TOTAL persons registered 565

Report of the Committee on Elections

The results of the first ballot for National Bishop

First ballot for Nation Bishop

  Ballots
Votes cast 358
Needed to elect 269
Spoiled Ballots  16


No election on this ballot

Nominee Ballots
Curtis R. Aguirre 1
Dennis W. Aicken 1
Matthew R. (Matt) Anderson 1
Dennis A. Becker 2
Ronald B. Bestvater 1
Gerald F. Borkowsky 1
Glen S. Carlson 1
James A. Chell 1
Raymond A. Christenson 2
Eric E. Dyck

1

Bart A. Eriksson 1
Jon R. Fogleman 1
Phillip E. Gagnon 5
Allan A. Grundahl 1
Cynthia G. (Cindy) Halmarson 4
Cameron R. Harder 1
Daniel A. Haugen 3
Valentine H. (Val) Hennig 1
Phillip W. (Phil) Hink 1
Richard E. Holm 1
Harry A. Huff 1
Carol Janke 2
Gordon A. Jensen 1
K.G. (K. Glen) Johnson 47
Susan C. Johnson 11
Timothy E. Johnson 1
Gregory G. Kern 3
James E. Koellner 1
E.M. (Mark) Koenker 2
Stephen P. Kristenson 41
Kenneth C. Kuhn 1
Marc R. Lapointe 1
Howard D. Mastin 1
Stewart A. Miller 1
Edward G. Mitchler 1
Donald C. Nevile 1
Gerhard A. Preibisch 11
Michael J. Pryse 12
Guenther B. Schoepf 1
Raymond L. Schultz 163
Jeffrey B. (Jeff) Smith 2
Richard M. Smith 2
John A. Theiss 1
David K. Tin 1
Robert G. (Gary) Watts 1
David B. Whynot 1


Stewards distributed the second ballot for national bishop. A two-thirds majority is required for an election on second ballot. Stewards collected ballots and the Chair declared voting closed.

Upon enquiry from the floor, the chair clarified that the Youth Assembly has voice, but not vote.

Greeting

The Rev. Raymond Schultz assumed the Chair. He introduced and welcomed The Most Rev. Andrew Hutchison, Primate, Anglican Church of Canada. Archbishop Hutchison addressed the Convention.

Report of National Church Council

Judy Wry and the Rev. Roger Haugen delivered this report. Retiring members of National Church Council, Judy Baribeau, the Rev. Lynn Moore and the Rev. Ilze Kuplens-Ewart were thanked for their time and efforts in preparing this report.

The Council is developing a national vision for the Church. Priorities for the future were outlined. The presenters of the report answered questions from the floor.

Second Reading Constitution Amendments

NC-05-03   MS    That the constitution be amended as follows: (Deletions are in italic, additions are in bold)

  1. That the ELCIC Constitution Article XII, (Officers) Section 3 be amended as follows:

    Section 3. Should a vacancy occur ad interim in any of the offices with the exception of the office of bishop, the National Church Council is empowered to fill the same until the next regular convention, or to call a special convention to fill the vacancy. Each election by a convention shall be for a full term of office.

  2. That the ELCIC Constitution Article XII, (Officers) Section 6 be amended as follows:

    Section 6. The vice-chairperson shall:

    b. In the event of the death, resignation, or incapacity of the bishop, convene the National Church Council to fill the vacancy and provide for the discharge of the bishop’s duties until the National Church Council has made the appointment pending the election of a new bishop at a regular or special convention; and

  3. That the ELCIC Constitution, Article IX (Synods), Section 6 be removed from the Constitution and that the subsequent sections be renumbered:

    The voting body at the conventions of each synod shall consist of the lay delegates from its congregations and those persons on its roster of ordained ministers.

  4. That the ELCIC Constitution, Article VII (Ordained Ministers), Section 3 be amended to change the final sentence as follows:

    The majority of the members of the examining committee shall be appointed or elected by the synod. ;at least one member shall be designated by this church.

  5. That the ELCIC Constitution, Article VIII (Lay Diaconal Ministers), Section 2 be amended to change the final sentence as follows:

    The majority of the members of the examining committee shall be appointed or elected by the synod. ;at least one member shall be designated by National Church Council.

  6. That the ELCIC Constitution, Article X (Conventions), Sections 2 and 3 be amended as follows and that sections 4 through 7 be repealed:

    Section 2. A convention of this church shall be held biennially in accordance with the ELCIC Act of Incorporation at a time and place determined by the National Church Council.

    Section 3. Special conventions shall be called for specified purposes by the bishop of this church to be held within ninety days of receiving a request in writing from two-thirds of the members of the National Church Council or from two-thirds of the synods.

    Section 3. The frequency, function, composition and responsibilities of the convention shall be defined in the Administrative Bylaw, Part V.

    Section 4. The secretary shall publish the time and place of each regular convention at least six months in advance. The secretary shall give written notice of a special convention to each congregation and each ordained minister serving under call, and shall publish the same at least thirty days prior to the opening date of the convention.

    Section 5. The voting membership of conventions shall consist of:

    1. Two hundred ordained ministers elected by the conferences as allocated by the National Church Council on the basis of baptized membership;
    2. A lay delegate elected by each parish* not already represented by an ordained minister and an additional lay delegate elected by every parish with more than eight hundred baptized members. Any parish with less than eight hundred members represented by an ordained minister for two consecutive conventions may not be represented by an ordained minister at the following convention.

    Section 6. The voting membership at a special convention shall consist of the delegates seated in the preceding regular convention provided they have not been disqualified by termination of membership in the parish they represented. Vacancies in delegations shall be filled by conferences and parishes as necessary.

    Section 7. A quorum shall consist of twenty per cent of the eligible voting members provided that such members are from at least two-thirds of the synods.

    *A parish is defined as consisting of those baptized persons served by a common pastoral ministry in one or more congregations.

The Rev. Raymond Schultz invited the floor to speak to the motions. Roger Haugen and Judy Wry responded to questions.

                MS   That motion 6 be deleted from the above set of motions.-- Amendment Carried

                MS   That motion 3 be removed from the set of motions above and dealt with separately.--Amendment defeated.

Amended Motion Carried

The Rev. Roger Haugen introduced Motion 15 concerning Same Sex Blessing which will be voted upon on Saturday morning.

Report of the Committee on Elections

The Rev. James Hendricksen reported on the second ballot for national bishop:

Second ballot for National Bishop


  Ballots
Votes cast 387
Needed to elect 256

No election on this ballot

Nominee Ballots
Curtis R. Aguirre 0
Dennis W. Aicken 1
Matthew R. (Matt) Anderson 0
Dennis A. Becker 1
Ronald B. Bestvater 0
Gerald F. Borkowsky 0
Glen S. Carlson 0
James A. Chell 0
Raymond A. Christenson 0
Eric E. Dyck

0

Bart A. Eriksson 0
Jon R. Fogleman 0
Phillip E. Gagnon 2
Allan A. Grundahl 2
Cynthia G. (Cindy) Halmarson 5
Cameron R. Harder 0
Daniel A. Haugen 1
Valentine H. (Val) Hennig 0
Phillip W. (Phil) Hink 0
Richard E. Holm 0
Harry A. Huff 0
Carol Janke 2
Gordon A. Jensen 0
K.G. (K. Glen) Johnson 69
Susan C. Johnson 7
Timothy E. Johnson 0
Gregory G. Kern 2
James E. Koellner 1
E.M. (Mark) Koenker 0
Stephen P. Kristenson 70
Kenneth C. Kuhn 0
Marc R. Lapointe 1
Howard D. Mastin 0
Stewart A. Miller 0
Edward G. Mitchler 0
Donald C. Nevile 0
Gerhard A. Preibisch 7
Michael J. Pryse 12
Guenther B. Schoepf 0
Raymond L. Schultz 201
Jeffrey B. (Jeff) Smith 0
Richard M. Smith 1
John A. Theiss 1
David K. Tin 0
Robert G. (Gary) Watts 0
David B. Whynot 1

A third ballot is required. Everyone who received a vote on the second ballot will appear on the third ballot.

Greeting

The Chair welcomed Beth Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, Augsburg Fortress Publishing who extended greetings from her company.

Renewing Worship

The Rev. André Lavergne spoke on Renewing Worship and invited the Convention to sing a hymn. The Rev. Karen Johnson Lefsrud presented the report on Renewing Worship.

NC-05-04   MS    That the following be adopted:

  1. That we give thanks to God for the many people across the ELCIC who participated in editorial teams, development panels or the Rev. iew panels; who assisted in the testing and evaluation of provisional materials; or who otherwise made contributions to the Renewing Worship process.
  2. That we give thanks to God for the resources developed through the Renewing Worship project.
  3. That we invite the church to continue to be diligent in the ongoing renewal of our common worship, trusting in the guidance and gifts of the Holy Spirit and grateful for the means of grace and the life of faith they afford and enrich.
  4. That we encourage ELCIC congregations, pastors and other church leaders to promote understanding of, and give expression to, the biblical and confessional basis for worship and the central importance of the means of grace by:
    1. encouraging and praying for those who are called to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ through preaching and other expressions of God’s Word;
    2. encouraging the congregational celebration of the Lord’s Supper every Lord’s Day;
    3. seeking ways in which to make participation in a full ministry of Word and Sacrament regularly available to all who would seek to receive the means of grace;
    4. deepening our understanding and commitment to the involvement of the whole congregation in the making of baptismal promises and in creating an environment where baptismal promises will be taken seriously and honored through the fostering of lives of faith;
    5. encouraging our congregations to assist in the identification and training of candidates for ordained ministry to provide for the ongoing renewal of the ministry of Word and Sacrament among us.
  5. That we invite the congregations of the ELCIC to reflect on their gathering around God’s Word and Sacraments and invite ongoing congregational study to deepen awareness of the significance of worship and of the Means of Grace for the lives of God’s people.
  6. That we invite the synods and conferences of the ELCIC to encourage congregational reception and use of Renewing Worship resources as they become available.
  7. That we invite the seminaries of the ELCIC to train seminarians and other church leaders in the rites and music of the Renewing Worship resources.
  8. That we extend a word of gratitude to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, its Presiding Bishop, Mark Hanson, and its Director for Worship, Michael Burk, for their gracious invitation to the ELCIC to participate in the Renewing Worship project and for their openness and commitment to hearing and incorporating the concerns of the ELCIC in this important work.

Delegates were invited to speak to the motion.

Carried

Report of ELCIC Group Services Inc.

Hildy Thiessen, Executive Director, was introduced along with John Wolff, Board Member who presented the Annual Report. The presenters answered questions from the floor. The Rev. Raymond Schultz thanked the presenters for their efforts.

The Rev. Michael Kurtz closed the session with prayer.

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