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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Caroline’s hands – our dried mangoes.

 Caroline’s hands – our dried mangoes.

August 21, 2013

Long road trips require ample portions of dried mangoes in order to properly maintain the mind, body, spirit and soul to be appropriately prepared for the journey.

Pictured here are the all-important hands that handled the dried mangoes on our recent trip to the 2013 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburg during the week of Aug. 12-17 in Pittsburgh.

This picture was taken on our way up the road to Pittsburgh on August 10, 2013. It captures a moment in which the dried mangoes are in Caroline’s hands as she waxes poetically upon the importance and spirituality of this food of the Gods…

The Assembly took “action on some 80 ‘memorials’ or requests from synods asking for Churchwide Assembly action on significant issues,” according to a thoughtful and comprehensive article written about the assembly by Lutheran magazine writer, Elizabeth Hunter, “Paperless in Pittsburgh.” The article by Ms. Hunter appeared in the August edition of the magazine.

Ms. Hunter noted that voting members faced “Some big decisions … amid daily worship, prayer and Bible studies under the theme "Always Being Made New," based on 2 Corinthians 5:17.”

At the 2013 Lutheran Churchwide Assembly, 952 voting members from the ELCA's 65 synods and 9,638 congregations elected a new presiding bishop and secretary, and deliberated and adopted various budgets, financial campaigns, social statements.

Last week, Caroline Babylon, Evelyn Babylon, Beth Clementson and I volunteered at the 2013 Churchwide Assembly that was hosted by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod.

It was the last biennial gathering of the ELCA's highest legislative authority before the assembly transitions to a triennial cycle, according to Ms. Hunter.

“Always being made New” was the theme of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in American 2013 Churchwide Assembly that took place August 12-17, 2013 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA.

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