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.
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.