On day four of the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, voting members and guests reconvened Aug. 8 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. The presiding bishop and treasurer of the ELCA presented their reports. The assembly received greetings from several ecumenical and interreligious guests prior to considering—and adopting—“A Declaration of Inter-religious Commitment.” Voting members also cast a second common ballot to elect churchwide boards, the ELCA Church Council and committees, and a second ballot for ELCA secretary, which narrowed down the vote to the top seven nominees.

Among other key actions, voting members adopted resolutions to condemn white supremacy and to commemorate June 17 as a day of repentance in the ELCA for the martyrdom of the Emanuel 9—the nine people who were shot and killed June 17, 2015, during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

Voting members also approved the triennium budget for 2020-2022. This includes a current fund spending authorization of $68,378,325 for 2020, and a current fund income proposal of $68,442,034 for 2021 and $68,507,018 for 2022.

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