Plenary Session 1 April 26, 2004
That Barry Anderson be elected as temporary convention chair.
Credentials, Standing Rules, Agenda
That the Standing Rules be approved as presented.
That the Agenda be approved as presented.
Jaynan Clark Egland reported to the assembly.
Nominating Committee Report
Mark Granquist listed the following nominees for the Board of Directors to be voted on at the plenary session on Tuesday, April 27, 2004:
Mark Granquist also listed the following nominees for the Nominating Committee:
Additional nominations will be accepted from the floor.
That nominations be closed at 1:30 pm today
That the following appointment of committees and officers for this convention be approved:
Tony Stoutenburg spoke to the assembly on the Seminary Debt Relief Fund and how it is used. He asked for financial support for the fund and for people to indicate their willingness to serve on the committee.
John Beem reported to the convention referring to his written report in the convention packet. John also reported that the financials of the WordAlone Network have been audited and the WA Board of Directors received that report yesterday.
That the treasurer’s report be approved.
That before election for the WordAlone Board of Directors, time be allocated for brief addresses by the nominees.
Plenary Session 2, April 27, 2004
Barry Anderson presided at the business session beginning at 11:00 am.
420 voting members, 489 registered attendees
Presentations were given by candidates for the WA Board of Directors in the following order:
The presiding chair reminded the assembly that election requires that each person receive a majority vote from those voting.
Following the presentation, balloting for the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee took place.
Plenary Session 3, April 27, 2004
Barry Anderson presided at the business session beginning at 1:30 pm.
Results of the election for the Board of Directors: (317 ballots)
Elected are Fred Baltz, John Beem, Gracia Grindal, Stephanie Olson.
The following people were elected to the Nominating Committee: (299 ballots)
Announcements were made by Mark Chavez regarding the role of SPOCs and the importance of and timelines for responding to the Sexuality Task Force and on new worship materials.
The convention then moved into small groups to discuss interest in pursuing a non-geographic synod. Feedback was provided to the whole group and will provide input to the board for decisions regarding this idea. The feedback was mixed, with most supporting the exploration of the idea. There seemed to be substantial support for greater congregational interaction, but there was concern about a separate ELCA Synod and the future of individual interaction within the WordAlone Network if a non-geographic synod was established.
Plenary session 4, April 27, 2004
The Resolution Committee chair reported that the committee consolidated suggested resolutions into one and presented the following resolution to the convention:
Concerning the Gift of Sexual Life and Its Divinely Created Structure
Amend the wording in first resolved clause to read as follows:
That the resolution as presented be adopted by the convention.
Business session adjourned.
Jo Knutson, Recording Secretary