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No communion because of the Pandemic. No vote for congregation members?

The Office of the Secretary has posted an updated FAQ resource on remote meetings that can be found here.

The question of communion is addressed:

Q: Our constitution says that voting members “during the current or preceding calendar year, shall have communed in this congregation.” We haven’t offered communion since the pandemic began. What do we do about that?

A: If a public health emergency has made it impossible or impracticable for members to commune, the communion requirement for voting members should be excused.


Please read over the ELCA resource regarding remote meetings before you hold your next congregation meeting, if you have not already done so. Questions regarding holding congregation meetings that are not addressed in this FAQ or if you need further clarification, may be directed to Pr. Bob Abrams, Assistant to the Bishop, at



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