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Stay on top of Tenth Triennial Convention news

Below are several items of news about the triennial convention that will be useful to you, your congregational unit, your elected voting members and your synodical women’s convention.

Proposed Constitutional Changes

According to the Churchwide Constitution, Article XVIII, Section 1, Item 1: “The executive board may propose an amendment [to the constitution] and send an official notice to the voting members-elect at least six months prior to the next regular Triennial Convention. The adoption of such an amendment shall require a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at the Triennial Convention.”

Constitutional changes proposed by the Churchwide Executive Board, 2014–2017 Triennium, that will be considered at the Tenth Triennial Convention were sent to voting members and are available on our website here.

Speakers, preacher

The Rev. Jodi Hauge will preach, and the Rev. Brenda Smith will preside at the opening worship of the convention, which is a service of Holy Communion. The Rev. Meta Herrick Carlson, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, will lead Bible study during the convention. The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, will address the convention and install the newly-elected officers and board members. All Women of the ELCA participants are welcome to attend the convention.


The churchwide executive board has designated offerings received at the convention to be distributed 50 percent to PV for Phebe Hospital and 50 percent to the ongoing churchwide ministries of Women of the ELCA. These designations were made in response to memorials passed at the Ninth Triennial Convention (2014). Voting members should speak with their synodical president to see how an offering from the synodical organization is being planned. Voting members should encourage their congregational unit to send an offering along with them; envelopes are in this issue of Interchange, and your unit can send in its offering in advance. Voting members should also anticipate making a personal offering.


Volunteers are needed for several aspects of the triennial convention: worship, hospitality, general administrative work, pages. If you don’t see a specific task listed (like set up, distributing material to voting members or assisting on the convention floor), fill it in under the “other” category. Volunteers with computer skills or language skills are in demand. Interested in volunteering? Fill out an online form or email vanessa.davis@elca.org.

Convention Program and Report

In June, voting members will receive in the mail the Convention Program and Reports (also referred to as CPR). Voting members should plan to read the CPR before arriving in Minneapolis. It will contain information on nominees, various reports, the proposed agenda, proposed rules of procedure and more.

Schedule and agenda

Voting members will travel to Minneapolis on Monday, July 10. Credentialing will occur that evening from 7–9 p.m. Voting members should have photo identification to show at credentialing. Those serving on business committees (and voting members will have been informed of this in advance) will have an orientation to their work at 8 p.m. on Monday. The convention begins on Tuesday morning, July 11, and will conclude by approximately 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 13. The convention agenda can be found here.

Travel arrangements

The churchwide women’s organization covers the cost of voting members’ travel to and from the triennial convention. Voting members should make their air arrangements through Direct Travel by April 30, 2017.

Churchwide welcomes a donation of $100 per congregational unit to help cover travel, housing and meal costs of voting members. Please make your check out to Women of the ELCA and write “WELCA—where needs most” on the memo line.


Voting members will be housed at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. Voting members may contact Ann Hightower for more information (ann.hightower@elca.org; 1.800.638.3522, ext. 2746).