In her address to the voting members gathered for the Tenth Triennial Convention, July 11, Patti Austin reflected on the mission and ministries of Women of the ELCA during her three years as churchwide president.
“Thanks to our staff, your churchwide board, and modern technology, we have connected with more women than ever before,” she said.
“Thanks to our units, our synods, we have made great strides towards ending human trafficking in our communities. We have changed laws and brought awareness in almost every state, bringing hope into seemingly hopeless situations. Thanks to the vision of Mary Jo Metler, BJ Allen, and the memorial that was passed at our Ninth Triennial Convention, Phebe Hospital in Liberia is now running on solar power.
“All Anew [the triennial theme] is most certainly about reformation, transformation and change. It’s about leaving a lasting impact on those for those who follow.”
Austin has “great expectation” for the organization as it moves forward “with passion and purpose.”
“God bless each one of you,” Austin closed. “Thank you so much for your trust, your support, your friendship, and especially your prayers. God bless you. I love you.”
[Patti] “represented us from Tanzania to Guatemala, from Washington to Alaska, and everywhere in between,” said Jody Smiley, vice president of the churchwide executive board, “and she did it with grace, enthusiasm, and an amazing faith in God. We thank God for Patti, and Patti, we thank you for your gifts, leadership during this triennium.”
Austin, a member of All Saints Lutheran, Gilburn, Georgia, was elected at the Ninth Triennial Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, to serve as the Women of the ELCA churchwide president during the 2014–2017 triennium.
Voting members and participants of Women of the ELCA, the women’s organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, are in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for Tenth Triennial Convention (July 11-13) and Gathering (July 14–16).