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01/15/2013

ELCA's Response to Resolution Passed at Southern Ohio Synod's 2012 Assembly Received

The following was shared by ELCA Secretary David D. Swartling’s office in response to A Call to Peaceful Resolution of the Conflict with Iran resolution passed at our 2012 Synod Assembly.

Executive Committee Action [EC12.07.22c]

            To receive the resolution from the Southern Ohio Synod regarding a call to peaceful resolution of the conflict in Iran;

            To refer the resolution to the Office of the Presiding Bishop, in consultation with the Public Policy Procedures Group, with a request that a report be brought to the November 2012 meeting of the ELCA Church Council; and

            To request that the secretary of this church inform the synod of this action. 

Response from the Office of the Presiding Bishop

            The Office of the Presiding Bishop consulted with the Public Policy Procedures Group to assist in this response. The Public Policy Procedures Group (PPPG) is convened by a member of the Office of the Presiding Bishop as well as additional staff from the Office of the Presiding Bishop. One of the intentions of the group is to consider how the churchwide organization helps in word and deed to achieving just, peaceful and sustainable livelihoods for impoverished and vulnerable people and communities. We are grateful to the Southern Ohio Synod for their concern that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America be a public voice for peaceful resolution to the conflict in Iran.

            After reviewing the request from the Southern Ohio Synod, the PPPG recommended a letter be written acknowledging the work of the current White House administration and encouraging a position consistent with the Southern Ohio Synod’s resolution. This letter will be signed by the executive directors of the Congregational and Synodical Mission unit and the Global Mission unit. Furthermore, PPPG also recommended that copies of the letter be sent to the U.S. Senators and relevant Representatives from the state of Ohio. Due to the presidential election, the letter will be sent after the election cycle in completed in early November 2012. If new leaders are elected, it is recommended that the letter be sent to the new leaders as they prepare their administration and offices for public service.

            The Office of the Presiding Bishop supports these recommendations.

Church Council Action: [En Bloc]

            To receive the response provided by the Office of the Presiding Bishop related to the resolution of the Southern Ohio Synod regarding a call for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Iran;

            To request the Office of the Presiding Bishop continue with the recommendations proposed by the Public Policy Procedures Group; and recommendations proposed by the Public Policy Procedures Group; and

            To request the secretary of the church inform the synod of this action.


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