May 31, 2019 4:00 pm — June 1, 2019 4:00 pm
Italian Community Center
631 E Chicago St

Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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For Everyone Born, A Place at the Table
May 31 – June 1, 2019
Italian Community Center, Milwaukee

Your Synod Assembly registration includes all meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch). You may purchase additional dinner tickets for Friday evening by selecting the Dinner Tickets tab above.

Early Bird pricing has expired.
Assembly Registration Rates:  $175/person
With the following exceptionsRetired Rostered Leaders: $100
Youth & Young Adults (less than 31 years old at the time of election or appointment to Assembly) – $100
Registration closes at noon on Wednesday, May 22.

Please note that this agenda is a draft!

Friday, May 31
3:00pm Registration opens
4:00pm New to Synod Assembly Session
5:30p Dinner and speaker
7:00 PM Worship
8:30 PM Dessert Reception

Saturday, June 1
7:30am Registration opens
8:00am Breakfast
8:45 AM Plenary 1
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Plenary 2
4:00pm Sending

Learn about the Living Waters Feasibility Prospectus and provide feedback by May 9. Survey results will be shared during Synod Assembly.

After receiving 57 comments on the second draft of the statement, posted at the end of March, changes were made to several sections, including the mission statement, and an additional practice, Invitation, was added. This final version was approved by the synod council for consideration by the synod assembly, and the motion will be to approve the statement as presented. Amendments to the statement itself will not be in order. A no vote by the assembly would send the document back to the synod council for additional revisions. We are grateful for all who have given input. Additionally, once the statement is approved, supplemental materials will be prepared and distributed, such as bible studies and discussion guides, to facilitate engagement with the statement on a congregational level.

Vision Mission Values Practices Statement - Final

Read more about the framework, draft statements and timeline we used here.

Are you interested in serving in the Greater Milwaukee Synod as part of the Synod Council, Nominating Committee, Consultation or Discipline Committee? Please see the files below that outline the open positions for nomination this year including the Synod Secretary. A position description for that opening is also available.

Nominations are due by March 31, 2019

Open Positions For Nominations

Synod Secretary Position Description

2019 Nomination Form with Instructions

The deadline to submit resolutions and memorials is March 31, 2019. Please refer to the guide below to help you prepare a resolution or memorial.

2019 Guidelines For Resolutions And Memorials

We continue to work to reduce our use of paper for Synod Assembly. One way we do this is to offer Guidebook, a free app for your mobile device that contains all of our assembly materials. We encourage you to add this app before you arrive at Synod Assembly.

If scanning the QR code doesn’t work for then click here – https://guidebook.com/g/assembly2019/ – or search for “ELCA Organizations & Events” in the app store on your device. Then search for “Greater Milwaukee Synod Assembly 2019” to download the guide.

For folks who want to access the guide from a desktop/laptop computer, this is the direct link: https://guidebook.com/guide/152887/ . 

You are welcome to purchase additional tickets for Friday evening’s dinner and keynote by Rev. Emmy Kegler.

2019 Synod Assembly Additional Dinner Tickets and Books

There are many hotels near the Italian Community Center (ICC) for overnight lodging. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Milwaukee Hilton City Center which is 1.3 miles from the ICC.

Milwaukee Hilton City Center
509 W Wisconsin Ave,
Milwaukee, WI 53203
(414) 271-7250

Room Block Name: Greater Milwaukee Synod ELCA

The room rate is $120 plus tax and incidentals. Please reserve your room on or before April 30. After this date we cannot guarantee availability or cost.

We are excited to be the host synod for the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, August 5-10, 2019, and we need you to help this event run smoothly. About 600 volunteers will be recruited in the coming months to usher, iron albs, provide technology assistance to voting members, monitor doors, greet visitors and much more. Learn more about Churchwide assembly and how you can help as a volunteer by visiting CWA19.org.

Featured Speakers

Rev. Emmy Kegler

Emmy Kegler is the pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in
Northeast Minneapolis (gracenempls.org). the founder and editor of Queer Grace, an encyclopedia of online resources around LGBTQ life and faith (queergrace.com), and a co-leader of the Queer Grace Community, a group of LGBTQ+ Christians in the Twin Cities (queergracecommunity.com). Her first book, One Coin Found: How God’s Love Stretches to the Margins, is the story of her journey with and through Scripture as an openly gay woman called to ordained ministry. She lives in Saint Paul with her wife Michelle and their two dogs and cat.

Savanna Sullivan

Savanna is Program Director for ELCA Young Adult Ministries at the ELCA Churchwide Office in Chicago, IL. She has given workshops and presentations around the country to ELCA and ecumenical groups about Young Adult culture and empowerment in the church. She recently spoke at the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, TX. She is passionate about helping young people seek the Divine in themselves and pushing the church to equip, amplify, and respect the voices of young leaders. She loves banana pudding, the Clemson Tigers, and memorizing poems.


Synod Assembly 2019 - Booklet

Synod Assembly 2019 BookletSynod Assembly 2019 - Booklet8.7 MiB

Synod Assembly 2019 - Financials

Budget ExplanationsSynod Assembly 2019 - Financials63.0 KiB
2018-2019 Mission Support ReportSynod Assembly 2019 - Financials3.4 MiB
Restricted Funds Description with Year-End Balances 2018Synod Assembly 2019 - Financials109.7 KiB
BudgetSynod Assembly 2019 - Financials53.6 KiB
Balance Sheet 2018-2019Synod Assembly 2019 - Financials60.3 KiB
2020 Budget Proposal RationaleSynod Assembly 2019 - Financials57.3 KiB

Synod Assembly 2019 - Nominations and Elections

2019 Nomination Form with InstructionsSynod Assembly 2019 - Nominations and Elections691.2 KiB
Synod Secretary Position DescriptionSynod Assembly 2019 - Nominations and Elections57.8 KiB
Open Positions For NominationsSynod Assembly 2019 - Nominations and Elections97.1 KiB

Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports

Wisconsin Council Of Churches 2019 ReportSynod Assembly 2019 - Reports133.9 KiB
Portico 2019 ReportSynod Assembly 2019 - Reports505.1 KiB
Lutherdale 2019 ReportSynod Assembly 2019 - Reports816.0 KiB
Region 5 2019 ReportSynod Assembly 2019 - Reports202.9 KiB
Grand View University 2019 ReportSynod Assembly 2019 - Reports88.9 KiB
Mission Investment Fund 2019 ReportSynod Assembly 2019 - Reports580.0 KiB
Carthage College 2019 ReportSynod Assembly 2019 - Reports180.4 KiB
2019 Report of the Vice PresidentSynod Assembly 2019 - Reports47.4 KiB
LSS Community Impact Report 2019Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports2.4 MiB
Reconciling In Christ (RIC) 2019 ReportSynod Assembly 2019 - Reports23.2 KiB
2019 Report of the SecretarySynod Assembly 2019 - Reports208.6 KiB
2019 Report of the BishopSynod Assembly 2019 - Reports114.2 KiB
Lutheran Office Of Public Policy 2019 ReportSynod Assembly 2019 - Reports2.6 MiB
Prison Ministry Task Force 2019 ReportSynod Assembly 2019 - Reports120.0 KiB
LSTC WTS Joint Report To GMS 2019Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports281.6 KiB
Bishop Eaton 2019 Synod Assembly Letter In SpanishSynod Assembly 2019 - Reports266.7 KiB
Bishop Eaton 2019 Synod Assembly LetterSynod Assembly 2019 - Reports267.2 KiB
ELCA 2018 Annual ReportSynod Assembly 2019 - Reports3.2 MiB
2019 Report Of The TreasurerSynod Assembly 2019 - Reports29.1 KiB
2018-2019 ROSTER TRANSITIONS SINCE THE 2018 SYNOD ASSEMBLYSynod Assembly 2019 - Reports54.8 KiB

Synod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions

2019 Guidelines For Resolutions And MemorialsSynod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions563.4 KiB
2019 SA Resolution 2 - Resolution on the Opioid Crisis - RevisedSynod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions70.3 KiB
2019 SA Resolution 1 - Memorial On Gun Violence - OriginalSynod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions24.9 KiB
2019 SA Resolution 2 - Resolution On The Opioid Crises - OriginalSynod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions70.2 KiB
2019 SA Resolution 3 - Memorial On Increasing Participation And Awareness In Social Purpose Funds For All Portico Members - OriginalSynod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions21.0 KiB
2019 SA Resolution 4 - Resolution Ensuring Parental Leave And Increasing Minimum Guidelines - OriginalSynod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions30.2 KiB
2019 SA Resolution 5 - Resolution To Support Humanitarian Aid To Palestinians Through The East Jerusalem Hospitals Including Augusta Victoria HospitalSynod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions36.3 KiB
2019 SA Resolution 4 - Resolution Encouraging Parental Leave Policies In Congregations - RevisedSynod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions27.5 KiB
2019 SA Resolution 1 - Memorial On Gun Violence Prevention - RevisedSynod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions28.1 KiB
2019 SA Resolution 3 - Memorial on Increasing Participation and Awareness in Social Purpose Funds for All Portico Members - RevisedSynod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions21.9 KiB
2019 SA Resolution 1 - Gun Violence - AdoptedSynod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions60.7 KiB
2019 SA Resolution 2 - Opioids - AdoptedSynod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions115.3 KiB
2019 SA Resolution 3 - Portico - AdoptedSynod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions41.4 KiB
2019 SA Resolution 4 - Parental Leave - AdoptedSynod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions67.5 KiB
2019 SA Resolution 5 - East Jerusalem Hospitals - AdoptedSynod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions60.0 KiB
2019 SA Resolution 6 - Deportation - Adopted-1Synod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions39.1 KiB

Synod Assembly 2019 - Resources

2019 Assembly RulesSynod Assembly 2019 - Resources119.9 KiB

Synod Assembly 2019 - Supplemental Materials

Generation To Generation ChartSynod Assembly 2019 - Supplemental Materials103.5 KiB
Synod-Assembly-Permission-SlipSynod Assembly 2019 - Supplemental Materials387.5 KiB


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