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Wednesday afternoon plenary part 1
« on: August 17, 2011, 05:27:04 PM »
Wednesday afternoon plenary

Treasurer’s report. Christina Jackson-Skelton report this has been a difficult period, but we finished 2009 and 2010 with income in excess of revenue. This due to careful budgeting and contingency planning. Mission support decline of $7.1 million (11.8%) from 2009 to 2010. Actually a decrease of 19.5% since 2008.

Missionary sponsorship stayed level. Bequest and trust income declined from $4 million to $1.5 million.

She showed a slide tracking mission support since 1989, which had fluctuated slightly, hitting a peak around 2002, and then level for several years until 2009, when there was a big drop. Slide with figures adjusted for inflation shows an almost continual declining curve.

2010 showed decrease in mission support from 37 synods.

World Hunger appeal: decline in 2009 and 2010 after four years of consecutive increases.

ELCA Disaster Response income has been quite fluctuating, obviously depending on when and where disasters have struck.

Overall, for each of the last 20 years income has exceeded expense modestly.

2011: At end of June 2011 Mission Support income was down 4%, but indication is that income is stabilizing and we expect to fully fund 2011 spending plan. Restructuring of churchwide organization has positioned us well for growth.

Mission Investment Fund: steady growth.

Jackson-Skelton, who is completing her service as ELCA Treasurer, received a standing ovation. She is about to take over as executive of the Mission Advancement unit.  She was presented with the Servus Dei medal, presented to retiring officers of the ELCA. The assembly sang “Now Thank We All Our God!”

Report now of the Vice President and Church Council. Carlos Pena gave the report. He offered long lists of things the Church Council has done over the past two years. “Extremely busy this past biennium”—5 meetings in person, 4 by teleconference.

Now back to the LIFT constitutional amendment proposals. The first set of recommendations changes the churchwide assembly cycle to triennial rather than biennial, beginning in 2016. First speaker opposed the recommendation: fewer members involved, more authority and responsible given to officers. Financial concerns are important, but fewer people involved will have a counterproductive financial effect as well. I’m not going to try to summarize each individual speaker, but will just note particularly interesting or inane comments.

What will this mean for elections? For continuity and new blood? We need more time to consider this.

Motion to postpone consideration of constitutional amendments to a time uncertain, but after the consideration of the other parts of the LIFT recommendations. Motion defeated.

Several speakers, but not much original. We need to do this for the sake of better stewardship; but this will further isolate the national church from local members. It’ll cost less, but it’ll cost too much in non-financial ways.

When the vote at last came, the constitutional amendments moving to a 3-year CWA were approved 86% to 14%.

Another set of amendments were presented, having to do with manner of selection of Church Council. It allows Church Council itself to add up to 12 additional members who would be elected by the CWA (presumably these would be to provide representation of particular groups or persons with expertise). There are three proposed amendment that would specify representation of various types, some general, some specific. R&C recommends referral to Church Council, with a reaffirmation of “this church’s” commitment to “representational principles.” 

Charles Austin is having “nightmarish flashbacks to the CNLC and the stupid quota stuff.” See, he really is a moderate.  ;)

The authors of a couple of the amendments endorsed the referral, but with various words of warning that young people will be watching to see if these assurances of increased representation will be carried through. After more wheel spinning, the motion to refer was approved 810-148.

There was one additional proposed amendment, which would have made the Church Council consist of one person from each of the 65 synods (elected by the CWA) plus the officers. R&C recommends the assembly decline this amendment. A voting member moved the amendment come to the floor for consideration, and then immediately moved to amend it by having the 65 persons elected by their respective synod assemblies. His point is that he just had to vote for church council members without knowing anything about them other than where they are from; competent people more likely to be elected by synods which know them. (Obviously not true, since the synods elected these CWA voting delegates, many of whom appear of doubtful competence!) Bp. Hanson ruled it out of order because it was a substantial amendment that was not submitted by the deadline. The ruling was challenged, but upheld by vote of the assembly. The original amendment was easily defeated.

To be continued.
The Rev. Richard O. Johnson, STS

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Re: Wednesday afternoon plenary part 1
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2011, 05:29:41 PM »
Treasurer’s report. Christina Jackson-Skelton report this has been a difficult period, but we finished 2009 and 2010 with income in excess of revenue.


Amazing.  More income than revenue.  It's like loaves and fishes.

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Re: Wednesday afternoon plenary part 1
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2011, 05:47:23 PM »
Treasurer’s report. Christina Jackson-Skelton report this has been a difficult period, but we finished 2009 and 2010 with income in excess of revenue.


Amazing.  More income than revenue.  It's like loaves and fishes.

But that will be offset by the expenditures that exceed the expenses.

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Re: Wednesday afternoon plenary part 1
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2011, 05:53:20 PM »
Treasurer’s report. Christina Jackson-Skelton report this has been a difficult period, but we finished 2009 and 2010 with income in excess of revenue.


Amazing.  More income than revenue.  It's like loaves and fishes.

But that will be offset by the expenditures that exceed the expenses.


Unless the shortfall is compensated for by the lack of income.

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Re: Wednesday afternoon plenary part 1
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2011, 05:57:33 PM »
OK, OK, that's supposed to be "income in excess of expenditures." You knew that.
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Re: Wednesday afternoon plenary part 1
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2011, 06:03:47 PM »
OK, OK, that's supposed to be "income in excess of expenditures." You knew that.

Yes, but where is the miracle in that?

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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2011, 06:05:45 PM »
OK, OK, that's supposed to be "income in excess of expenditures." You knew that.

Yes, but where is the miracle in that?


Must be part of the Jesus Seminar.

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Re: Wednesday afternoon plenary part 1
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2011, 06:08:05 PM »
OK, OK, that's supposed to be "income in excess of expenditures." You knew that.

Yes, but where is the miracle in that?


Well, in light of everything that's happened . . . .

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Re: Wednesday afternoon plenary part 1
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2011, 06:23:58 PM »
The uptick in the stock market helped, no doubt.

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Re: Wednesday afternoon plenary part 1
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2011, 08:46:42 PM »
OK, OK, that's supposed to be "income in excess of expenditures." You knew that.

Yes, but where is the miracle in that?

Oh, I don't know. Ask the U. S. government.
The Rev. Richard O. Johnson, STS