The following are a list of motions before delegates of the 2023 ELCIC Special Convention. 

Convention Motions

Friday evening, session 4

Saturday evening, session 6

Reference and Counsel

Thursday afternoon, session 3

First report of Reference and Counsel

  • RC Motion #1 – 2SLGBTQIA+ Apology APPROVED
  • RC Motion #2 – Working with Anglicans APPROVED

Saturday afternoon, session 5

Second report of Reference and Counsel

  • RC Motion #3 – Congregational Anti-Racist Language Resources APPROVED
  • RC Motion #4 – We ask that the NCC to request the Program Committee for Worship (PCW) to commission the creation of a communion liturgy which would be available for use without
    a licensing fee. This may be accomplished through publishing the work under a Creative Commons license.
    PCW is encouraged to explore the possibility of creating this liturgy in collaboration with the ACC, our Church Beyond Borders partners, and writers and composers within these churches. APPROVED
  • RC Motion #5 – Ongoing Support for Transgender & Gender Diverse People APPROVED
  • RC Motion #6 – That the national convention:
    • Ask NCC to include an opportunity to speak about and listen to the changes in churches related to the diminishing numbers in congregations and churches closing
      and that a prayer of gratitude be offered for the ministry of churches who have closed in recent years in the next National Convention in 2025
    • Ask the NCC to encourage Synodical Councils to include this conversation at their next Synodical Convention in 2024
    • Ask the Convention to take a moment of silence to appreciate these recently closed
  • RC Motion #7 – Ableism mental health , cognitive differences, hidden disabilities APPROVED
  • RC Motion #8 – Giving thanks APPROVED
  • RC Motion #9 – The 2nd motion of thanks APPROVED

Matthew 10:40-42


40 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous, 42 and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

John 15:12-17

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing, but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

John 21:15-19

Jesus and Peter

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” 19 (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

Luke 11:33-36

The Light of the Body

33 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a bushel basket; rather, one puts it on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but if it is unhealthy, your body is full of darkness. 35 Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. 36 But if your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.”

Matthew 8:1-4

Jesus Cleanses a Man

8 When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him, and there was a man with a skin disease who came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing. Be made clean!” Immediately his skin disease was cleansed. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”