3/14/2016 1:40:00 PM

ITASCA (ELCA) – The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is discerning the denomination’s future directions and priorities in a new process known as “Called Forward Together in Christ.”

The conference is an advisory body of the ELCA that includes 65 synod bishops, the presiding bishop and secretary. It met here March 3-8 for worship and study and to continue its conversation on a variety of church matters, such as theological education, pastoral care and more. The Rev. William O. Gafkjen, bishop of the ELCA Indiana-Kentucky Synod, is conference chair.

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton is leading “Called Forward Together in Christ,” endorsed by the ELCA Church Council and in collaboration with the Conference of Bishops. The process is designed to invite the more than 3.7 million-member ELCA into discernment about the church’s future. From this process, a statement will be prepared that articulates future directions and priorities that the council, which serves as the ELCA’s board of directors, will consider at its November 2016 meeting. The goal is to launch the statement in 2017 as part of the ELCA’s observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

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