Resolutions

Passed – R-1 Lutheran Social Services of Illinois Celebrating 150 Years of Ministry

WHEREAS, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (“LSSI”) will celebrate its 150TH anniversary on October 31, 2017, tracing its roots to 1867 when a community in northwest Illinois responded to help children whose parents died in a cholera epidemic, and Andover Children’s Home, the precursor to LSSI, was founded; and 

WHEREAS, from LSSI’s earliest beginnings to its current role as a statewide leader in providing human services, LSSI continues to respond to the Gospel; transforms lives and serves people throughout their lifetime with a mission that has not wavered in 150 years; and

WHEREAS, LSSI serves over 64,000 people yearly in Illinois and that more than 60% of those served report an annual household income under $15,000; and

WHEREAS, the relationship with the three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the congregations of those synods is foundational in our efforts to fulfill our mission and that LSSI expresses gratitude for the beautiful generosity shared by our congregations; and

WHEREAS, LSSI will begin its next chapter by viewing and seeing individuals as a whole person, providing services in the natural setting of their “home” and creating the type of change and healing that not only addresses problems but is also generative, resulting in those we assist to contribute and thrive;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Northern Illinois Synod designate 2017 for special recognition and celebration of LSSI within the Northern Illinois Synod and its congregations; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the congregations of the Northern Illinois Synod be encouraged to host a LSSI event or gathering during LSSI’s 150th anniversary year. 


Submitted by:  Northern Illinois Synod Council

Contact person:  Bill Bartlett, Vice President

Date Submitted:  April 8, 2017

Action of the Resolution Committee

Action Taken: Recommend adoption of the resolution

Date of Action: May 11, 2017

Passed – R-2 To Maintain Foreign Assistance and Domestic Safety Net Programs

WHEREAS, President Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint to Congress outlines reprioritizing of federal spending, that, among other things, seeks to reduce spending on foreign assistance programs and social safety net programs such as Food for Peace, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Food Stamps), and Medicaid, that are vital to the health and wellbeing of God’s people at home and abroad; and

WHEREAS, right now, 20 million people are at risk of starvation due to famine in South Sudan and other African countries (Source: Bread for the World); and 

WHEREAS, right now, in the U.S., 1 in 6 children live at risk of hunger; and  

WHEREAS, our faith calls us to seek justice and stand in solidarity with the foreigner and those who suffer from malnutrition and hunger; and

WHEREAS, these programs are helping millions of people escape from hunger

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Northern Illinois Synod encourage its members to urge the White House, Illinois senators and representatives, and Congress to fully fund foreign assistance programs and social safety net programs as it works on the 2018 budget.


Submitted by:     Northern Illinois Synod World Hunger Subcommittee

Contact person:  Carol Erickson, chairperson

Date Received:    April 12, 2017 / Revised: May 10, 2017

Action of the Resolution Committee

Action Taken: Recommend adoption of the resolution.

Date of Action: May 11, 2017