May 31, 2018 6:00 pm — June 2, 2018 12:00 pm
Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center
2810 Golf Road

Waukesha, WI 53187 United States
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May 31 – June 2, 2018, Country Springs Hotel, Pewaukee

Your synod assembly registration includes all events scheduled from Thursday May 31 – Saturday, June 1 including:

  • Women and Justice Listening Post/Hearing – 3:00pm, May 31
  • How Did We Get Here? with Reggie Jackson – 6:30pm, May 31
  • Opening Worship – 7:45 pm, May 31
  • Global Cafe – 5:30 pm, June 1
  • Plenary Sessions – June 1 and 2

An optional Thursday evening buffet dinner ticket is available for purchase when you register at a cost of $30. The deadline to purchase a ticket is May 15 and tickets are non-refundable after May 15.

Information you need to prepare for assembly, including reports and resolutions are included below. Please check back often. Information is updated frequently as assembly approaches.

Before May 1

  • $150 for rostered ministers, voting members and non voting participants over the age of 30 (as of May 31, 2018)
  • $85 for rostered ministers, voting members and non-voting participants 30 and under (as of May 31, 2018)
  • $85 for retired rostered ministers

Fees increase on May 1

  • $175 for rostered ministers, voting members and non voting participants over the age of 30 (as of May 31, 2018)
  • $100 for rostered ministers, voting members and non-voting participants 30 and under (as of May 31, 2018)
  • $100 for retired rostered ministers

Important Cancellation Information:

  • Registrations that are cancelled after May 15 will incur a $50 cancellation fee.
  • Optional Thursday dinner tickets and extra Global Cafe tickets are non-refundable after May 15.
  • Additionally, there is no refund for assembly registrations cancelled after May 30.

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 from larger congregations should be as evenly divided between female and male as possible.

      • All congregations, regardless of size, may elect at least two lay voting members to the Synod Assembly, normally one of whom shall be male and one female.
      • Congregations with 750 through 1,249 baptized members may elect a third lay voting member.
      • One additional lay voting member may be added for each additional 500 baptized members of the congregation. For example, a congregation with 1,250 to 1,749 baptized members would elect four lay voting members, one with 1,750 to 2,249 baptized members would elect five, and so on.

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 nations 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.


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 – $15
June 1 – 5:30-7:30 pm in the Grand Salon

“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.

Thursday, May 31

3:00pm Registration opens
3:00pm Women and Justice Listening Post/Hearing
5:00pm Optional Dinner (Tickets are $30 – not included with Assembly Registration)
6:30 pm Childcare opens
6:30 pm Reggie Jackson Presentation
7:45pm Opening Worship
8:45pm Dessert Reception

Friday, June 1

7:30am Registration opens
8:00am Breakfast
8:45am Plenary 1

      • Music
      • Welcome
      • Devotion
      • Introduction of Planning Team and Special Guests
      • Mission Investment Fund Welcome
      • Report of Credentials
      • Adoption of Agenda
      • Assembly Appointments
      • Assembly Orientation/Roberts Rules Tutorial
      • Approvals of Rules/Resolutions/Election Procedure
      • Report of Nominating Committee
      • Budget Presentation

10:15am Break
10:30am Resume Plenary 1

      • Music
      • ELCA Representative Report
      • Reference and Counsel Report

11:45am Breakout Explanation
12:00pm Lunch & Breakouts
2:00pm Break and Transition to Plenary 2
2:15pm Plenary 2

      • Music
      • Devotion
      • LSS Welcome
      • Report of Credentials
      • First Ballot
      • Global Mission Report – Meru
      • Resolutions
      • Actions on Constitutional Amendments and Bylaws
      • Global Mission Report – El Salvador
      • Report of the First Ballot

5:30 pm – 7:30pm Global Cafe & Food

Saturday, June 2

7:30am Registration opens
8:00am Breakfast
8:45am Plenary 3

      • Music
      • Devotion
      • Second Ballot
      • Outreach for Hope Report
      • Bishop’s Report
      • Report of the Second Ballot

10:15am Break
10:30am Resume Plenary 3

      • Music
      • Lutheran Campus Ministry Report
      • Third Ballot 
      • Report of the Synod Council
      • Action on the Budget
      • Report of the Third Ballot
      • Remaining business

12:00pm Sending – install elected people

Here are some helpful things to know as you prepare to attend Synod Assembly

      • All resolutions that will be considered during Synod Assembly will be available on this page after in April. You will find them in the list of files below. We encourage you to take time the read and reflect on the resolutions before you come to assembly so that you are prepared for discussion and voting.
      • Are you looking for new ways to serve? There are a number of open positions in our synod. A list of those positions and the required nomination form is below under the nominations heading.
      • In an effort to save paper we will not be packing assembly folders this year. We will still print limited quantities of our assembly supplement. In addition there will be a table with limited quantities of printed materials available. All copies of printed materials are placed in Guidebook, an app you can access on your phone, laptop or tablet.
      • Thursday night buffet tickets are not included in your registration fee but may be purchased separately for $30. You can purchase this ticket during the assembly registration process. These tickets must be purchased by May 15 and they are non-refundable after May 15.

Are you interested in serving in our church in new ways? Below is a list of open positions in our synod. If you’d like more information about any of these positions please contact our office at 414.671.1212.

Each position requires a nomination form to be submitted to Mary Romskog as soon as possible, preferably before March 31. You can email the nomination form directly to mary@milwaukeesynod.org or mail it to:

Greater Milwaukee Synod
Attn: Mary Romskog
1212 S. Layton Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53215

Open Positions for Nominations


Join us as we gather books for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Houston Literacy Campaign!

The Gathering, June 27 – July 1, 2018, taking place in Houston, has recognized the need to lift up literacy in Houston. 74% of students in the Houston Independent School District come from families that struggle to provide books for their children. Because readers become strong writers, critical thinkers and more successful students, we are partnering with our youth to “Gather” books during Synod Assembly that will travel to Houston this summer. This project is part of the Gathering’s Service Learning experience.

Please share the news about this book drive in your congregations by using the flyer below. Bring your books to Synod Assembly May 31 – June 2 and we’ll divide them up to travel with our Greater Milwaukee Synod youth.

All books must be from the approved list below and new or gently used only.

Blast Off For Books

Guidebook is the handy app that holds all the Synod Assembly information we can pack so it’s easy, portable and always up to date. Scan the QR Code to download Guidebook. You’ll find this in your App Store under “ELCA Organizations and Events”. After downloading look under upcoming events for “Synod Assembly 2018 – Greater Milwaukee Synod.

If you need help downloading Guidebook please visit this page where you can enter your phone number to receive a text link to download the app: http://guidebook.com/g/gmsa2018

You may also scan this QR code (apple products scan from the camera automatically) or use the links below to your App Store.

Synod Assembly runs smoothly thanks to the help of many volunteers! If you’re interested in assisting with registration, working as page/runner or in our childcare room (requires a background check), please contact Phil Smith at 414-671-1212 or by email: phil@milwaukeesynod.org


Synod Assembly 2018 - Booklet

Final Supplement 2018Synod Assembly 2018 - Booklet10.2 MiB

Synod Assembly 2018 - Amendments

Bylaw S7.22.01 Amendment With Rationale 2018 04 18Synod Assembly 2018 - Amendments10.6 KiB

Synod Assembly 2018 - Financials

Financial ReportSynod Assembly 2018 - Financials3.2 MiB

Synod Assembly 2018 - Nominations and Elections

2018-Nomination-form-with-instructionsSynod Assembly 2018 - Nominations and Elections1.3 MiB
Open Positions for NominationsSynod Assembly 2018 - Nominations and Elections81.0 KiB

Synod Assembly 2018 - Resolutions

2018 SA Resolution 1 - Reconciling In Christ - OriginalSynod Assembly 2018 - Resolutions24.9 KiB
2018 SA Resolution 1 - Reconciling In Christ-RevisedSynod Assembly 2018 - Resolutions29.9 KiB
2018 SA Resolution 2 - Prison MinistrySynod Assembly 2018 - Resolutions82.8 KiB
2018-Guidelines-for-ResolutionsSynod Assembly 2018 - Resolutions546.2 KiB

Synod Assembly 2018 - Resources

2018 Assembly Rules 2018 05 17 FinalSynod Assembly 2018 - Resources119.4 KiB
Blast Off For BooksSynod Assembly 2018 - Resources752.8 KiB
Resources for your Congregation to Promote the 2018 Assembly (and related events)Synod Assembly 2018 - Resources4.1 MiB
Synod-Assembly-Permission-SlipSynod Assembly 2018 - Resources408.5 KiB

Synod Assembly 2018 - Reports

2018 LSS Synod Assemblies ReportSynod Assembly 2018 - Reports1.0 MiB
2018 Synod Assembly Letter Bishop EatonSynod Assembly 2018 - Reports151.8 KiB
2018 Synod Assembly Letter Bishop Eaton-SpanishSynod Assembly 2018 - Reports213.1 KiB
2018-Bishop-ReportSynod Assembly 2018 - Reports30.8 KiB
Carthage College 2018Synod Assembly 2018 - Reports112.5 KiB
ELCA Church Wide Report 2018 PDFSynod Assembly 2018 - Reports6.3 MiB
Grand View University ReportSynod Assembly 2018 - Reports90.4 KiB
LSTC And WTS Joint ReportSynod Assembly 2018 - Reports144.6 KiB
Lutheran Campus Ministry Report 2018Synod Assembly 2018 - Reports2.9 MiB
Lutheran Office Of Public PolicySynod Assembly 2018 - Reports258.3 KiB
Lutherdale ReportSynod Assembly 2018 - Reports51.0 KiB
Portico ReportSynod Assembly 2018 - Reports104.8 KiB
Synod Council Report of the SecretarySynod Assembly 2018 - Reports227.4 KiB
Vice-PresidentSynod Assembly 2018 - Reports42.2 KiB
Wartburg College ReportSynod Assembly 2018 - Reports138.9 KiB
Wisconsin Council Of ChurchesSynod Assembly 2018 - Reports188.9 KiB

Synod Assembly 2018 - Supplemental Materials

AUGSBURG FORTRESS Synod Assembly Coupon SlidesSynod Assembly 2018 - Supplemental Materials765.0 KiB
AUGSBURG FORTRESS Synod Brochure 2018 PRESSSynod Assembly 2018 - Supplemental Materials7.4 MiB
GMS Diakonia Brochure 2017-18Synod Assembly 2018 - Supplemental Materials144.6 KiB
MIF Brochure 2018Synod Assembly 2018 - Supplemental Materials383.2 KiB
Stories Of Faith In Action 2017-2018Synod Assembly 2018 - Supplemental Materials29.3 MiB
WCC Brochure Spring 2018Synod Assembly 2018 - Supplemental Materials639.1 KiB


May 31 @ 6:00 pm
June 2 @ 12:00 pm