The 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly reconvened Aug. 7 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. During morning plenary, Chris Boerger, secretary of the ELCA, gave his report and was later presented with the Servus Dei award. Later, assembly attendees and community members participated in the AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities) walk and prayer vigil in support of migrant families.

During afternoon plenary, the assembly heard the report from the ELCA vice president, Bill Horne. Voting members continued debate and action on memorials, including adoption of a memorial making the ELCA a sanctuary church body. The ELCA is the first North American denomination to declare itself a sanctuary church body. Voting members also cast their first ballot for ELCA secretary: with 866 ballots, 646 votes were required for an election. There was no election.

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