The 2015 ELCIC National Convention passed a motion asking the ELCIC's National Church Council (NCC) to review the ELCIC's current policy on assisted death. In response, NCC established a Task Force to encourage conversations across our church regarding the needs of people in times of death and dying, and to review our current resolution and make recommended updates. At the September 2018 NCC meeting, the Task Force submitted its final report.
NCC is recommending four motions to the 2019 National Convention for adoption.
The first motion being recommended is to adopt The Call to Faithfully Journey with those who are Dying: An ELCIC Resolution. If adopted by convention, this would be the updated policy resolution to guide our church regarding decisions at the end of life.
The other three motions are implementing motions, which would be considered if the first is passed. The three motions related to:
- Resources on Spiritual Care
- Support for Access to Palliative Care
- Support for Access to Mental Health Care Services
Delegates at convention are able to propose amendments to the resolutions prior to voting.
NCC invites you to practice Dwelling in the Word as you consider these proposed resolutions, an in preparation for convention. This practice of hearing scripture, listening to each other, and listening to God is being used in various church gatherings and mission conversations across the ELCIC.
Theological reflection papers by give ELCIC theologians, along with two documents prepared by the Anglican Church of Canada, are available as additional resources for reflection. These documents are provided to enhance your conversations and personal reflections. They will not be voted on at convention.