Brief Schedule of ReconcilingWorks Activities at the 2013 Churchwide Assembly

ReconcilingWorks CentralOPEN DAILY
Convention Center, Room 408
“ReconcilingWorks Central” is the headquarters of ReconcilingWorks during the 2013 Churchwide Assembly. Please stop by often to say hello and pick up information and resources, including an updated, detailed schedule of events hosted by ReconcilingWorks. Questions? Call 651-665-0861 at any time during the assembly.

Understanding Transgender People
Tuesday, August 13 5:00–6:00 pm
Convention Center,
Room 407
Speakers will provide information on definitions, common confusions, gender transition, workplace discrimination, social aspects of transgender lives, and transgender people in the church.

Marriage in the ELCA: What About Same-Gender Couples and their Families?
Tuesday, August 13 7:00–8:00 pm
Convention Center,
Room 407
More and more, the states and federal government are making real the stated commitment of the ELCA to a just society, bringing us closer to the vision outlined in the ELCA’s 2009 social statement Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust, which declares the ELCA’s unified support for “legislation and policies to protect civil rights” for all people and its commitment to “attend to the need for equal protection, equal opportunities, and equal responsibilities under the law.” Session will include discussion about the memorial “Ministering to Same-Gender Couples and their Families,” which the 2013 Churchwide Assembly will be considering.

Reception with Bishop-Elect Guy Erwin
Tuesday, August 13, 8:00 pm
Convention Center,
Room 408
The election of the Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin marks two historic firsts: the first openly gay and first Native American bishop of the ELCA. All voting members and visitors are invited.

Festival Worship
Wednesday, August 14, 8:00 pm
Omni William Penn Hotel,
Grand Ballroom
Join in festive worship with the Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin, bishop-elect of the Southwest California Synod, preaching, and the Rev. Dean Nelson, bishop of the Southwest California Synod, presiding. Hosted by ReconcilingWorks and Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries.