A new WordAlone Task Force on Seminarians has begun its work to help seminary students in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) think about and face the implications of a new ELCA bylaw exempting seminary graduates from a requirement that only bishops ordain them. The two main concerns of the task force are: 1) How to inform and communicate with seminarians; 2) How to communicate with congregations who are interested in learning more about the bylaw, and in supporting seminarians who are interested in getting an exemption. The ordination-by-a-bishop requirement came from Called to Common Mission, a full communion agreement between the ELCA and the Episcopal Church USA, which was implemented at the beginning of 2001.
Task force chairman, Pastor Randy Freund of Hutchinson, Minn., asked the task force to work to make sure
Anyone with responses to these ideas, or who knows of seminarians who may be interested in an exemption, please contact the chair of the committee, Pastor Randy Freund at firstname.lastname@example.org