To download Guidebook to your phone, first go to your app store and download the app called ELCA Organizations & Events.
Then, from within the app, search for “Greater Milwaukee Synod Assembly 2019” and download it.
OR, from your camera app, you can scan the QR code to the left and you will be given the option to download the guide.
For Everyone Born, A Place at the Table
May 31 – June 1, 2019
Italian Community Center, Milwaukee
- Register Here
- Voting Members
- Living Waters Campaign
- Vision, Mission, Value, Practices
- Dinner Tickets
- Churchwide Assembly
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 exceptions – Retired 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.
The number of lay voting members your congregation elects depends on the number of baptized members (not voting or confirmed members) in the congregation. Lay voting members should be as evenly divided between female and male as possible.
- All congregations may elect at least two lay voting members of the Synod Assembly.
- Congregations having 750 to 1,249 baptized members may elect a third lay voting member. Thereafter an additional lay voting member may be added for each additional 500 baptized members of the congregation (e.g. at 1,250 members, 1,750 members, etc.).
- All congregations may add one voting member to the number allotted if that additional member is a youth or young adult (30 or younger when elected).
Use our handy chart to see how many voting lay people your congregation can bring to Synod Assembly. (All rostered ministers are voting members.)
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
8:45 AM Plenary 1
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Plenary 2
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.
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
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.
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/
You are welcome to purchase additional tickets for Friday evening’s dinner and keynote by Rev. Emmy Kegler.
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
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.
Synod Assembly 2016 – Claimed to Be, June 2-4, 2016
Synod Assembly 2015 – Hope for a Broken World, May 29-30, 2015
Synod Assembly 2014 – Together at God’s Table, May 29-31, 2014
Synod Assembly 2013 – Why? May 30-June 1, 2013
Synod Assembly 2012 – You are Standing on Holy Ground, May 31-June 2, 2012
Synod Assembly 2011 – Going Public, June 24-26, 2011
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 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
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Synod Assembly 2019 - Financials
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|2018-2019 Mission Support Report||Synod Assembly 2019 - Financials||3.4 MiB|
|Restricted Funds Description with Year-End Balances 2018||Synod Assembly 2019 - Financials||109.7 KiB|
|Budget||Synod Assembly 2019 - Financials||53.6 KiB|
|Balance Sheet 2018-2019||Synod Assembly 2019 - Financials||60.3 KiB|
|2020 Budget Proposal Rationale||Synod Assembly 2019 - Financials||57.3 KiB|
Synod Assembly 2019 - Nominations and Elections
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|Synod Secretary Position Description||Synod Assembly 2019 - Nominations and Elections||57.8 KiB|
|Open Positions For Nominations||Synod Assembly 2019 - Nominations and Elections||97.1 KiB|
Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports
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|Portico 2019 Report||Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports||505.1 KiB|
|Lutherdale 2019 Report||Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports||816.0 KiB|
|Region 5 2019 Report||Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports||202.9 KiB|
|Grand View University 2019 Report||Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports||88.9 KiB|
|Mission Investment Fund 2019 Report||Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports||580.0 KiB|
|Carthage College 2019 Report||Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports||180.4 KiB|
|2019 Report of the Vice President||Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports||47.4 KiB|
|LSS Community Impact Report 2019||Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports||2.4 MiB|
|Reconciling In Christ (RIC) 2019 Report||Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports||23.2 KiB|
|2019 Report of the Secretary - Updated||Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports||208.6 KiB|
|Report Of The Bishop||Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports||19.0 KiB|
|Lutheran Office Of Public Policy 2019 Report||Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports||2.6 MiB|
|Prison Ministry Task Force 2019 Report||Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports||120.0 KiB|
|LSTC WTS Joint Report To GMS 2019||Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports||281.6 KiB|
|Bishop Eaton 2019 Synod Assembly Letter In Spanish||Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports||266.7 KiB|
|Bishop Eaton 2019 Synod Assembly Letter||Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports||267.2 KiB|
|ELCA 2018 Annual Report||Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports||3.2 MiB|
|2019 Report Of The Treasurer||Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports||29.1 KiB|
|2018-2019 ROSTER TRANSITIONS SINCE THE 2018 SYNOD ASSEMBLY||Synod Assembly 2019 - Reports||54.8 KiB|
Synod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions
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|2019 SA Resolution 2 - Resolution on the Opioid Crisis - Revised||Synod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions||70.3 KiB|
|2019 SA Resolution 1 - Memorial On Gun Violence - Original||Synod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions||24.9 KiB|
|2019 SA Resolution 2 - Resolution On The Opioid Crises - Original||Synod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions||70.2 KiB|
|2019 SA Resolution 3 - Memorial On Increasing Participation And Awareness In Social Purpose Funds For All Portico Members - Original||Synod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions||21.0 KiB|
|2019 SA Resolution 4 - Resolution Ensuring Parental Leave And Increasing Minimum Guidelines - Original||Synod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions||30.2 KiB|
|2019 SA Resolution 5 - Resolution To Support Humanitarian Aid To Palestinians Through The East Jerusalem Hospitals Including Augusta Victoria Hospital||Synod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions||36.3 KiB|
|2019 SA Resolution 4 - Resolution Encouraging Parental Leave Policies In Congregations - Revised||Synod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions||27.5 KiB|
|2019 SA Resolution 1 - Memorial On Gun Violence Prevention - Revised||Synod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions||28.1 KiB|
|2019 SA Resolution 3 - Memorial on Increasing Participation and Awareness in Social Purpose Funds for All Portico Members - Revised||Synod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions||21.9 KiB|
|2019 SA Resolution 1 - Gun Violence - Adopted||Synod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions||60.7 KiB|
|2019 SA Resolution 2 - Opioids - Adopted||Synod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions||115.3 KiB|
|2019 SA Resolution 3 - Portico - Adopted||Synod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions||41.4 KiB|
|2019 SA Resolution 4 - Parental Leave - Adopted||Synod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions||67.5 KiB|
|2019 SA Resolution 5 - East Jerusalem Hospitals - Adopted||Synod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions||60.0 KiB|
|2019 SA Resolution 6 - Deportation - Adopted||Synod Assembly 2019 - Resolutions||39.1 KiB|
Synod Assembly 2019 - Resources
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Synod Assembly 2019 - Supplemental Materials
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