David Swartling, secretary of the ELCA, hugs the Rev. Walter May.
Voting members pause for a photograph.
The Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church and Bishop Susan Johnson, the national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Lutheran World Federation Vice-President for North America, wait to greet the Assembly.