Get Involved

Thanks for your willingness to share your thoughts and ideas with the LIFT Task Force.  We look forward to receiving feedback from individuals and groups.  Here’s how you can participate:


  1. Find us on Facebook and Twitter and offer your comments
  2. Complete the individual questionnaire on-line
  3. You can also download the individual questionnaire as an Adobe.pdf, print it, and provide us your written comments on these specific questions via e-mail to or via fax at 773.380.2932.


You can download the LIFT group discussion questions as an Adobe.pdf and discuss the questions with a group at your church (an adult forum, the congregation council, etc.)  After the discussion, please summarize the responses.  You can return the summary to us in the following ways:

  • enter the responses on-line
  • e-mail the responses to
  • fax the responses to 773.380.2932
  • mail the responses to RE-ELCA, 8765 W. Higgins Rd, Chicago, IL 60631

Though these questions are intended for group use, individuals are welcome to answer these open-ended questions as well.


15 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mark Werner on March 25, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I am grateful for the opportunity to provide feedback in this way. I am interested in seeing what comes from it.


  2. Posted by Chuck Hyneman on March 28, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Please keep me updated


  3. What is the deadline for submitting responses? Is it before the June 14-16 meeting or some other time? Thanks!!


    • Thanks for your interest, Katie. We hope that most responses will be provided before mid-June. However, we know that some contingency groups will have an annual gathering after our June meeting, so responses can continue to come in throughout the summer.


  4. Posted by Kathie on April 12, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Very thought provoking –


  5. Posted by Michael Kohn on April 15, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Completing the survey was most helpful to me personally in realizing what I value and what I think is most important.


  6. Thanks for offering us the opportunity to think about these questions and give feedback. So many things to choose from! It’s a challenging world out there…we continue to try to do God’s work with our hands.


  7. I am a campus pastor and find most of the questions a bit superficial (and pointed only toward congregations)…since those who are part of congregations can average 40 years and older, how will you gather the thoughts of the 19-29 year old population? It would also be great to explore deeper questions of community, Christ and culture – (like, how do you feel about the future of the ELCA?) … Great start.


  8. Posted by Jim Watson on April 28, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I just took the survey and emailed some follow-up comments to Dann Taylor. I’d like to add here that I see a great need for the ELCA’s future to include less top-down, centralized flavor; and more recognition that mission is in the hands of every Christian. Thus congregations, synods, and churchwide ministries would do well to think of themselves as servants, coaches, equippers, and resources for the millions of ELCA Lutherans out there. It strikes me, too, that this very LIFT process is built on a centralized model that feels somewhat top-down: the questions are handed down; the responses are uploaded; the unfolding process is not very visible to most people; and the results will most likely be handed down again in some packaged way. How could we learn together in other ways? What if there was a “road trip” where churchwide and synod and even congregational leaders visited people who are already well into the process of “living into the future” and “renewing their ecology” locally?


  9. […] out to anyone and everyone interested in advancing “God’s work. Our hands.” Go to where you will see the various ways members of this church can get involved in LIFT.  Here are […]


  10. Posted by Dorothy Stillson on June 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I lost a good friend due to the sexuality statement passed last fall at the ELCA general assembly and will hurt the ELCA in the long run and create dissension in local ELCA churches. My congregation voted to join CORE.


  11. Posted by Karen Jolly on July 20, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I’m so thankful to the ELCA for reviewing its candidacy requirements and opening the roster to lgbt Lutherans who are called to serve. This will go a long way in opening our Lutheran congregations to include all. A move toward total diversity. We have had members join our RIC congregation because they want diversity for their children.


  12. Posted by Jack Gregersen on September 14, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I hope this is the place to plug in these thoughts. In thinking about the future are climate change and peak oil part of the discussion? I am concerned that water supply, potable and irrigation, may have a impact as great as climate change and peak oil.
    There is a paper about the ‘political’ future of the world available at this webaddress:
    If the this is the future it would seem it would make global mission much more difficult.
    Take care.
    Jack Gregersen
    Cedar Falls, IA


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