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2009 SEPA Synod Assembly

Assembly defeats resolution requesting two-thirds majority on rostering proposal

In a 242 to 202 vote, the 2009 Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod Assembly defeated a resolution that would have requested that the ELCA Church Council add the provision requiring a two-thirds vote at the 2009 Churchwide Assembly regarding any motion to change the practice for rostering of ordained ministers, diaconal ministers, associates in ministry, and deaconesses. Currently a majority vote is all that is needed to change the practice for rostering.

The narrow margin of defeat is an indicator of the depth of the division within the ELCA on this issue.

“This is purely about procedure, not about substance,” said Pastor Dick Mathisen, who spoke in favor of the resolution. He spoke of his concern for the possible divisive nature of making dramatic changes in the current rostering procedures. The Churchwide Assembly will consider the Report and Recommendations on Ministry Policies which reviews the policy related to lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships.

Others who spoke against the resolution said that to vote in favor of the resolution would be to side with those already in power. The resolution was defeated.

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