31
May
3:00 pm — 9:00 pm
Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center
2810 Golf Road

Waukesha, WI 53187 United States
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If you are registering or have registered for Synod Assembly, there is no need to register separately for these events.  The registration button on this page is specifically for attendees who are ONLY attending Thursday’s events and/or Friday’s Global Cafe. If you are planning to attend the full synod assembly as a voting member or non-voting participant, please register here.

We’re excited to announce our opening events for 2018 Synod Assembly. These opening assembly events take place on Thursday, May 31, 2018 and are free and open to the general public. An optional dinner ticket is also available for a fee.

Additionally we invite you to join us for food, hymn singing, and fellowship at our Global Cafe from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Friday, June 1. Tickets for this event are just $15 and include appetizers, coffee, water or soda. A cash bar is also available. Tickets are non-refundable after May 15.

You are welcome to attend all of these events or any combination of events that you choose. We request that you pre-register so that we can be sure to provide enough seating.

Optional buffet style dinner tickets for Thursday, May 31 are $30 per person must be purchased by May 15. Tickets are non-refundable after May 15.

Register for all events or any combination of events at the bottom of this page.

Women and Justice Listening Post/Hearing
3:00 pm in the Woodfield Room

In 2009, the Churchwide Assembly authorized the development of a social statement on women and justice. The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ has been at work since 2012 and brought the work to a crucial stage: On November 15, 2017 it released the Draft of a Social Statement on Women and Justice. The comment period on the Draft is open until September 30, 2018.

Our Greater Milwaukee Synod will be hosting two hearings on the draft statement, one of which will be on Thursday, May 31, 3:00-4:30 p.m. as part of our opening events for Synod Assembly. Hearings provide an opportunity for participants to share with the task force their concerns, appreciations and suggestions about a draft social statement. They also provide a place for participants to hear what others are thinking. However, hearings are not a time for discussion or debate. They are a time to offer feedback concerning specific parts of the text. Materials to prepare for this conversation are located here.

A second hearing will be held on June 16 from 9:30am-11:00am at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa. Learn more about this second hearing here.

How Did We Get Here? – Reggie Jackson
6:30 pm in the Grand Ballroom

We will take a close look at the historical forces that have created racial divisions throughout the nation’s history to gain a better understanding of how we became a nation that is so divided by race. We will look at some common sense solutions that will assist us in making progress towards building a racially just society that we will all benefit from as Americans.

ABOUT OUR PRESENTER:

Reggie Jackson grew up in Milwaukee, and is a graduate of Concordia University and Head Griot (docent) of America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee. He has been widely recognized and honored for his work in building understanding of the historical causes of segregation, as well as the modern opportunities for racial understanding. Most recently, he was the 2017 winner of the Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award from the City of Milwaukee and was honored in February of 2018 with the first ever MICAH Legacy Award. For over a decade, Reggie has been a much sought-after speaker for ABHM at local churches, public venues, and businesses. Reggie presents untold and seldom-told stories in African-American history and frequently conducts programs on the Black Holocaust, African American history and race relations for schools in the region.

In November of 2017, Reggie was hosted by the Greater Milwaukee Synod, offering his “History of Segregation in Milwaukee” presentation for lay and rostered leaders. Now, we are thrilled to welcome him back to kick off our 2018 Synod Assembly with a follow-up presentation entitled “Using a Historical Lens to Build Racial Understanding.” In this presentation, we will take a close look at the historical forces that have created racial divisions throughout the nation’s history to gain a better understanding of how we became a nation that is so divided by race. We will look at some common sense solutions that will assist us in making progress towards building a racially just society that we will all benefit from as Americans.

For more information about Reggie, or his new work with “Nurturing Diversity Partners,” please visit this link. https://www.facebook.com/nurturingdiversity/

Opening Worship
7:45 pm in the Grand Ballroom

On the first evening of synod assembly, we will gather together to worship our creative God, as we explore the themes of curiosity and the movement of God’s spirit. Come join together with the Body of Christ as we sing, pray, listen, and respond to God’s presence in our Synod Assembly opening worship. We will come together with our neighbors from all over the Greater Milwaukee Synod to ask questions and explore the movement of the Spirit among us. Our preacher for the evening is Bishop Paul Erickson.

Optional Buffet Dinner –  $30 per person
5:00 – 6:00 pm in the Grand Salon

You are welcome to purchase an optional ticket for dinner at 5pm on May 31. The deadline to purchase a ticket is May 15 and tickets are non-refundable after May 15. This informal buffet meal is an opportunity to informally connect with others before our evening events begin.

Global Cafe
5:30 – 7:30pm in the Grand Salon on June 1

“I love music! Whether it’s singing, dancing, playing instruments, recording, or listening to live music; music feeds my soul.” These words come from Rev. Felix Malpica and we’re excited to welcome him and his talented friends to our Synod Assembly Global Cafe on Friday evening at the close of assembly business.

Come and join us, relax a bit, reconnect with friends and make some new friends too!  This event is open to everyone! If you’re a member of Synod Assembly this event is included in your assembly registration. Public tickets for our Global Cafe Hymn Sing are just $15. This includes appetizers, coffee, water or soda. A cash bar is also available. Don’t miss this fun fellowship opportunity! The deadline to purchase a ticket is May 15 and tickets are non-refundable after May 15.

Details

Date:
May 31
Time:
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm