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Offer Your Feedback!
The ELCA is inviting your feedback on two draft statements that are being discussed and circulated throughout the church. This is an important way all voices in the church can be heard. The feedback will be submitted to and reviewed by the task forces working on each topic. Click on the topic below to learn more:
DRAFT Social Statement on Women and Justice (comment period through September, 2018)
DRAFT Policy Statement on Inter-Religious Relations (comment period through June 30, 2018)
New Assistants to the Bishop/Directors for Evangelical Mission to Begin June 1, 2018
On May 3, Bishop Suarez announced the addition of Pr. Rob Carlson and Pr. Khader El-Yateem to the staff of the Florida-Bahamas Synod. You can read the full announcement HERE. Connie Schmucker continues to serve as Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership, and Michele Hilton continues to serve as Assistant to the Bishop for Administration.
Pr. Rob Carlson will serve as the DEM/A2B for the North Region. His role will include assisting congregations in leadership and mission development, renewal and redevelopment, and colleague/pastoral care and support.
Pr. Khader El-Yateem will serve as the DEM/A2B for the South Region. His role will include assisting congregations in leadership and mission development, renewal and redevelopment, and colleague/pastoral care and support.
Pastors Carlson and El-Yateem will be relocating to Florida over the next few weeks and will be present to be installed during opening worship at Synod Assembly.
As Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Christians, we have a radical focus on God’s unconditional love. We believe that the word of God is Jesus Christ himself, with a second understanding that the message of Jesus Christ is also the word of God.
The ELCA looks to the Bible for authority in its preaching and teaching, yet does not take a literalist approach to scripture.
We celebrate the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s supper–external signs instituted by Christ that convey God’s grace and mercy. The ELCA is an inclusive and ecumenical church and seeks relationships with other religious traditions.
We are part of the ELCA, a church body that consists of 4 million baptized members, worshiping in nearly 10,000 congregations within 65 synods in 9 geographic regions.
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