Advisory Vote Results
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Thank you for your participation in the advisory vote. As you know, the congregational council believes this advisory vote is the best decision process with regards to: (Ballot Question 1) Should pastors at All Saints be allowed to conduct same gender marriages, and (Ballot Question 2) Should future All Saints Call Committees be allowed to recommend a qualified pastor who is in a same gender marriage?
We ask that before reading the results, you take a moment to pray. Pray for grace, for understanding and for our congregation. Remember the person sitting next to you each service hasn’t changed, the person in the choir still sings just as beautifully, all are welcome, and All Saints Lutheran Church will continue to bring people the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ.
The advisory vote has been tabulated, and your congregational council has ratified the congregation’s decision. We received 391 qualified ballots out of 918 possible.
Please know that Pastor Dan Hoeger, Pastor Kristin Rice and your congregational council are available for discussion.
We would also like to thank the Same Gender Advisory Team for their efforts organizing opportunities for our congregation to discern their decision through meetings, forums, educational programs, coordination with and relaying information to the congregational council, and preparation of the advisory vote.
In Christ’s Love,
The All Saints Lutheran Church Congregational Council
Pastor Dan Hoeger, Pastor Kristin Rice, Jerry Hugo, Council President, Ben Blixt, Council Vice President, Karen Rasmussen, Council Treasurer, Nance Wabshaw, Council Secretary
Kristin Boorse, Jon Nelson, Bob Richardson, Lenore Little, Dave Cech
Ballot Question 1 – A YES vote directed the Congregational Council to adopt a policy that allows pastors at All Saints to conduct same gender marriages. (70.5%-yes, 29.5%-no)
Ballot Question 2 – A NO vote directed the Congregational Council not to adopt a policy that allows future All Saints Call Committees to recommend a qualified pastor who is in a same gender marriage. (66.2%-yes, 33.8%-no)
Note: A 2/3 vote of 67% was required for a YES vote.