Amanda Lindamood joined Resurrection's staff in 2018 as the Youth Director focusing on older youth. In high school and college Amanda received opportunities to be mentored by dynamic pastors, and later held demanding leadership jobs throughout the broader church community, forming a rich faith life and a love of using creativity in service to the church. She has an expertise in program direction, curriculum design, volunteer coordination, crisis response, child and youth development and experiential learning, using a diverse set of skills to apply advocacy broadly and cross disciplinarily. She has over 12 years’ experience putting her faith to work in schools, nonprofits, youth advocacy organizations, libraries, violence prevention and response services, always under the auspice of strategic thinking, relationship building and meaningful learning. She brings a commitment to intergenerational ministry, embodied discipleship, and active participation in justice work, supporting families and youth in holistic faith formation.
The Education Committee is a volunteer body that works in partnership with the Children and Youth Director’s to make decisions about programming, curriculum, and congregational trends in participation and community engagement. Through the lens of Children and Youth Ministry, we look to contribute to the health of families, the support of young people, and meaningful connections to one’s faith. This committee is chaired by our Youth Director, Amanda Lindamood, and meets in person once a month. If you are interested in learning more please contact her with questions or to express your interest in getting more involved.
At the beginning of August, the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly convened. A number of decisions were made at that forum. Bishop Eaton was elected to a second six-year term. Patriarchy was declared a sin, and a sin in the Church, with the approval of the social statement, “Faith, Sexism and Justice: A Call to Action”. The ELCA declared itself to be a sanctuary body. A memorial was passed encouraging congregations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ELCA’s ordination of women in 2020.
The ELCA adopted the “Strategy Toward Authentic Diversity in the ELCA”, which consists of a report and recommendations on how the institution integrates racial diversity goals and outcomes. The ELCA declined to join the Poor People’s Campaign. The ELCA adopted a resolution supporting the World Council of Church’s “Thursdays in Black” campaign working to combat sexual violence. June 17th will be observed as a day of repentance in the ELCA for the martyrdom of the Emmanuel 9.
What I’d like to draw our specific attention to as a congregation is the Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent. On June 27th, 2019, the Churchwide Council of the ELCA adopted this declaration.
God’s Agent of Change conjures up images of a mighty band of superheroes with secret missions. When we take on the mission of being God’s agent of change in the world, we must be ready to be transformed – individually and together.