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WordAlone board

—meets before, after 6th annual convention

by Jaynan Clark Egland (President, WordAlone Network)

News: April 29, 2005

The WordAlone Network Board of Directors met before and after WordAlone’s sixth annual convention. The board prepared and forwarded three items to the WordAlone membership for action during their plenary sessions during this year’s convention. Included was a document entitled, “WordAlone’s recommendation to ELCA 2005 Churchwide Assembly” and two resolutions dealing with, first, formation of an association of confessing churches and, second, a proposal to establish a “Lutheran Theological House of Studies.”

Following energetic and insightful discussion, including helpful amendments, all three items passed by unanimous vote. All member churches, individuals, chapters and the elected leadership of the WordAlone Network have been handed a directive focusing on our future work for renewal, reform and theological reflection in Christ’s church. photo of Pr. Jaynan Clark EglandAs a movement we shall go forward centering all our efforts on the clarity and sufficiency of the Word of God and our unity in Christ alone, not on institutional structures.

WordAlone is inviting all Lutheran churches to join the association by adopting a new document, “The Common Confession.” We have made a commitment to provide sound theological teaching through the proposed the Lutheran Theological House of Studies. No church, no matter where it finds itself geographically, need stand alone in matters of faith and life facing the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The WordAlone Network, by unanimous vote, has responded to the “call” to help “gather” the scattered that together we might be “enlightened” and “sanctified” by the Holy Spirit for a hopeful and faithful future. The four words, which I’ve quoted from Luther’s explanation of the third article of the Creed in the Small Catechism, were heard again and again throughout the convention.

The convention elected members to the board of directors and the nominating committee of WordAlone. Professor Dennis Bielfeldt, Brookings, S.D., and Pastor Paul Andell, Philadelphia, Penn., were both reelected to a second term on the board. New members to the board of directors are Irvine Aal, Surprise, Ariz., and Professor Mary Jane Haemig, St. Paul, Minn. Two members of the board did not seek reelection, Al Quie and Professor Cynthia Jurisson. We give thanks to Cindy for serving one term on the board and to Al for his two terms of service and for his leadership as the chairperson of the board for the past few years. We look forward, to their continued participation and leadership in other ways within the Network. Elected to the nominating committee of the Network were: Pastor Chuck DeHaven, New Braunfels, Texas, Professor Mark Granquist, Northfield, Minn., Pastor Scott Grorud, Redwood Falls, Minn., Al Quie, Minnetonka, Minn., and Pastor Tony Stoutenburg, Naselle, Wash.

Bishop Arre Kougappi from the Ingrian Lutheran Church in Russia also addressed the convention delegates. His presence was in part a response to a letter I wrote on behalf of WordAlone to all international Lutheran churches that are a part of the Lutheran World Federation. Through the help of an interpreter, Bishop Kougappi, brought a warm and hopeful greeting to all present and thanked us for our witness to the clear and sufficient Word of God in these troubled times, a commitment they share with us. The Ingrian Lutheran Church is only one of many Lutheran churches globally who have responded positively to my letter and have pledged their partnership with us as together we witness to the WordAlone as the source and norm for all faith and life. These seem to be the most trying, yet most gratifying of times for those of us who find ourselves a part of the ELCA and the global Lutheran church.

Dear Lord, give us strength to persevere in our witness and gather us together with our neighbors far and wide in the one true faith.