Subscribe  |  Jobs  |  Find Us  

Synod Assembly 2017

June 1-3, 2017
Country Springs Hotel, Pewaukee, WI

Country Springs Map & Directions

Register now


Important Dates:

  • March 31 – Deadline for Resolutions & Memorials for congregations, clusters and committees
  • April 30 – Last day to register for assembly at early bird prices. Prices increase on May 1.
    • Early Registration prices $170 ($85 under 30/retired rostered minister)
    • May 1 prices $200 ($100 under 30/retired rostered minister)
  • May 1 – Last day to get preferred pricing at Country Springs for lodging. Contact Country Springs directly for lodging at 262-547-0201.
  • May 26 – Last day to register for assembly online. Register at the door after this date.

Please note: Open Space will replace the ministry fair and workshops this year. Read more about Open Space below.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Guidebook

Looking to go paperless this Synod Assembly? Download our Guidebook. All you have to do is download the Guidebook app (it’s free) in your phone’s app store and then within the app, scan this QR code to access our Synod Assembly 2017 Guidebook. We are currently building what you see within the guide and we add to it on a daily basis.

Guidebook App for iPhone users
Guidebook App for Android users

Don’t have a Smartphone? You can still view our guide on the web, here.

If you have any questions, feel free to email sarah@gmselca.org.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Opening Worship – Thursday, June 1, 6:30 p.m.

We invite EVERYONE to join us for this service. You do not need to be a registered member of assembly to attend. Please share this invitation with your congregation. Bishop Erickson will preach and a wonderful dessert reception will follow worship so you can catch up with old friends and make some new friends too! There is no plenary business on Thursday evening – just an opportunity to worship together.

Luther’s Lounge – Friday, June 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

We all know part of what we love about Lutheran Theology is that it is “down to earth.” What’s more earthy than singing hymns in the pub? Luther would talk theology with his students over a good beer, so now the Greater Milwaukee Synod is stealing his idea! At this year’s Synod Assembly, we will be hosting a time for “Luther’s Lounge” (our take on a “Beer & Hymns” event). There will be beer, non-alcoholic options, singing, and down to earth fun. The cost for this event is included in each assembly registration and is just $10 for everyone else that wishes to attend. The $10 fee includes one commemorative stein, one fill of beer or soda, and snacks. If you wish to attend and you’re not a registered member of Synod Assembly, please register now so we have a stein for you. We’d love it if you’d share this event with your congregation. It is open to everyone!


Monday, March 13, 2017

// Video coming back soon! //


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Registration Is Open!

Registration for Synod Assembly is now open! Click here to register.

This page has a glorious amount of information that is growing daily. Visit to register, read reports, resolutions and learn about Open Space and Luther’s Lounge, our fun Friday evening event!

We’re pleased to have been able to reduce our assembly fee this year. Early registration pricing is $170 ($200 on May 1) for regular registration and $85 ($100 on May 1) for youth, young adult and retired rostered ministers. Register now so you can take advantage of the reduced prices. You can send in your payment later if you wish.

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. So, 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.

Draft Agenda

Thursday, June 1
3:00 pm – Registration opens
6:30 pm – Registration closes
6:30 pm – Opening worship (includes the opening of Assembly with remarks by Bishop Erickson)
8:30 pm – Post worship reception

Friday, June 2
7:30am – Registration Opens
7:45 am – Breakfast
8:30 am – Plenary 1
10:00 am – Break
10:15 am – Resume Plenary 1
11:30 am – Buffet Lunch
12:30 pm – Open Space
2:30 pm – Break
2:45 pm – Plenary 2
5:30 pm to 7:30pm – Luther’s Lounge Hymn Sing (includes appetizers and snacks)
6:00 pm – Registration closes

Saturday, June 3
7:30 am – Registration opens
7:45 am – Breakfast
8:30 am – Plenary 3
10:30 am – Break
10:45 am – Resume Plenary 3
12:30 pm – Sending (lunch is on your own)

Think about the best coffee break conversation you ever had and then read on!

During Synod Assembly on Friday, June 2, from 12:30-2:30 pm, we will engage in an open space gathering. You will be invited to participate in a conversation on a topic of interest to you, moving around as your interest and energy dictate.

What is Open Space?
Lots of people say that when they go to a conference, the best part is the coffee breaks — because that’s when they meet important people who share common interests and passions. We’re going to participate in a really long, very intentional coffee break. You came with very particular contexts, passions, visions and questions. This Open Space time will help you start relationships with others who care about the same things you do. We hope that these relationships will last beyond the synod assembly.

Here’s how it will work:

  1. Until the end of March, we will invite assembly participants to declare their interest in convening a conversation on a particular topic by completing a simple online survey. Folks can share the story of an exciting ministry that they’re involved in or express the desire to convene a conversation on a particularly burning question:
    1. “I’d like to share a story about: ________________________ or
    2. “I’d like to talk about: _______________________________.
Share your ideas

 

  1. Once all the declarations are received, a list of the topics will be distributed to all assembly registrants. They will then have the opportunity to register their interest on a second online survey. If too few people sign up for a topic, it will not happen, and that’s OK. It just means it isn’t time for that issue.
  2. There will also be a limited number of spaces reserved for people to suggest topics at the assembly for those issues that arise more recently.
  3. Circles of chairs will be placed around the ballroom, and people are free to move the chairs as needed. Balloons will be placed in the middle of each conversation group with a number written on it, and participants will have a guide indicating where each conversation is taking place.
  4. What happens next is that people who care about the same things find one another and get to know one another and begin a conversation about it. As the time proceeds, participants are free to move from conversation to conversation as their interest and energy dictate. A key principle of Open Space is the “law of two feet.” You have the freedom and the responsibility to move to whatever place you can contribute and learn. If at any time, you feel you’re not learning or contributing, use your two feet to move to somewhere you can learn and contribute. Or, if your brain is full and you just need to take a walk, go do that. Or go find that one person you’ve been meaning to connect with. This is called creative chaos. And it’s good. It’s very good.
  5. We will divide our time into two “sessions,” so you can be part of at least two conversations about issues you care about. We will announce the time for the second session to begin.
  6. Some people will take part in one long conversation this afternoon. Some people will be more like butterflies, flitting from one conversation to the next. That’s OK. This event runs on two things: passion and responsibility. Passion engages the people in the room. Responsibility ensures that something actually happens.

 

Share your ideas

We all know part of what we love about Lutheran Theology is that it is “down to earth.” What’s more earthy than singing hymns in the pub? Luther would talk theology with his students over a good beer, so now the Greater Milwaukee Synod is stealing his idea!

At this year’s Synod Assembly, we will be hosting a time for “Luther’s Lounge” (our take on a “Beer & Hymns” event). There will be beer, non-alcoholic options, singing, and down to earth fun! This is open to ALL, not just voting members, so invite your congregation!

The cost for this event is included in each assembly registration and just $10 for everyone else that wishes to attend. $10 covers the cost of a commemorative stein (includes one fill of beer or soda) and snacks. If you wish to attend and you’re not a member of Synod Assembly please register so we have a stein for you.

Register Now

Opportunities to Serve
Over the next few months a number of synod positions will be filled. The Greater Milwaukee Synod is looking for individuals willing to consider service for these positions, which include synod vice president and treasurer, and on the synod council and the nominating and consultation committees. We urge you to prayerfully consider service for any of these positions. All positions require submission of a nominating form, which is available here or in the resources box below on this webpage. Nomination forms should be mailed to Mary Romskog, Greater Milwaukee Synod, 1212 S. Layton Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53215.

 Synod Vice President (lay, full term: 9/1/17 – 8/31/21)
The synod’s vice president is a layperson whose service includes chairing the synod council, and serving as a member of the board of Outreach for Hope. The vice president also serves as a voting member of the Churchwide Assembly (next assembly is August 2019). The term of service is four years, with re-election to a second term possible.

Synod Treasurer (lay or clergy, full term: 9/1/17 – 8/31/21)
The synod’s treasurer is a layperson or clergyperson whose service includes management of the monies and accounts of this synod. The term of service is four years, with re-election to a second term possible.

 Synod Council (3 openings listed below)
The Synod Council shall be the board of directors of this synod and shall serve as its interim legislative authority between meetings of the Synod Assembly.

  • At Large, Lay Male, Person of Color (partial term: Synod Assembly 2017 – 8/31/2019) 
  • Youth (full term: 9/1/17 – 8/31/19)
  • Young Adult (full term: 9/1/17 – 8/31/21)

Consultation Committee (4 openings listed below)
The role of the consultation committee is spelled out in detail in chapter 20 of the ELCA’s constitution, focusing on working to resolve conflicts within the synod and in congregations. The term of service is six years and members may not be elected to consecutive terms.

  • Clergy – 2 openings (full term: 9/1/17 – 8/31/23)
  • Lay Female (full term: 9/1/17 – 8/31/23)
  • Lay Male (full term: 9/1/17 – 8/31/23)

 Nominating Committee (4 openings listed below)

  • At Large, Clergy (partial term: now – Synod Assembly 2017)
  • At Large, Clergy (full term: Synod Assembly 2017 – Synod Assembly 2020)
  • At Large, Lay Female (partial term: now – Synod Assembly 2018)
  • At Large, Lay Male (partial term: now – Synod Assembly 2019)

Kenosha/West Racine Cluster Nominees

  • Synod Council (lay male, full term: 9/1/17-8/31/21)
  • Nominating Committee (lay male, partial term: now – Synod Assembly 2019)

Lake Country Cluster Nominees

  • Synod Council (lay male, partial term: now – 8/31/19)
  • Nominating Committee (lay male, partial term:  now – Synod Assembly 2017)
  • Nominating Committee (clergy, full term:  Synod Assembly 2017 – Synod Assembly 2020)

Milwaukee 1 Cluster Nominees

  • Synod Council (lay female, partial term: now-8/31/17)
  • Synod Council (clergy, full term:  9/1/17-8/31/21)
  • Nominating Committee (lay female, partial term:  now – Synod Assembly 2017)
  • Nominating Committee (lay male, full term:  Synod Assembly 2017 – Synod Assembly 2020)

Milwaukee 2 Cluster Nominees

  • Synod Council (lay female, full term:  9/1/17-8/31/21)
  • Nominating Committee (lay female, partial term:  now – Synod Assembly 2018)

 Milwaukee 3 Cluster Nominees

  •  Nominating Committee (lay female, partial term: now – Synod Assembly 2019)
  • Milwaukee 4 Cluster Nominees
  • Nominating Committee (clergy, partial term: now – Synod Assembly 2017)
  • Nominating Committee (lay female, full term: Synod Assembly 2017 – Synod Assembly 2020) 

Northern Lakeshore Cluster Nominees

  • Synod Council (clergy, full term:- 9/1/17 – 8/31/21)
  • Nominating Committee (clergy, partial term:  now – Synod Assembly 2018) 

Northwest Cluster Nominees

  • Synod Council (lay male, full term:- 9/1/17 – 8/31/21)
  • Nominating Committee (clergy, partial term:  now – Synod Assembly 2019) 

Racine Cluster Nominees

  •  Synod Council (lay male, full term:- 9/1/17 – 8/31/21)
  • Nominating Committee (lay female, partial term:  now – Synod Assembly 2018)

 Waukesha Cluster Nominees

  • Nominating Committee (lay male, partial term:  now – Synod Assembly 2018)

Visit our Synod Assembly Archives:

Synod Assembly 2016 – Claimed to Be

Synod Assembly 2015 – Hope for a Broken World

Synod Assembly 2014 – Together at God’s Table

Synod Assembly 2013 – Why?

Synod Assembly 2012 – Holy Ground

Synod Assembly 2011

NameCategorySize
NameCategorySize

Synod Assembly 2017 - Resolutions

2017 SA Resolution 1 - Prison Congregation And Prison ReformSynod Assembly 2017 - Resolutions59.4 KiB
2017 SA Resolution 2 - Recognition Of David LarsonSynod Assembly 2017 - Resolutions178.6 KiB
2017 SA Resolution 3 - Sanctuary SynodSynod Assembly 2017 - Resolutions173.3 KiB
2017 SA Resolution 4 - Housing March AnniversarySynod Assembly 2017 - Resolutions188.8 KiB

Synod Assembly 2017 - Resources

2017 Nomination Form With InstructionsSynod Assembly 2017 - Resources599.1 KiB
2017-Guidelines For ResolutionsSynod Assembly 2017 - Resources535.4 KiB
Cluster Assembly Bulletin InsertSynod Assembly 2017 - Resources83.4 KiB
Synod Assembly Permission SlipSynod Assembly 2017 - Resources395.1 KiB
Synod Council Job Description 2017Synod Assembly 2017 - Resources30.3 KiB

Synod Assembly 2017 - Reports

2017 Joint Report-LSTC and WartburgSynod Assembly 2017 - Reports177.6 KiB
2017 Synod Assemblies Churchwide ReportSynod Assembly 2017 - Reports4.1 MiB
2017 Synod Assembly Letter EnglishSynod Assembly 2017 - Reports189.4 KiB
2017 Synod Assembly Letter SpanishSynod Assembly 2017 - Reports191.4 KiB
2107 Diakonia ReportSynod Assembly 2017 - Reports41.8 KiB
Carthage-College-2017-ReportSynod Assembly 2017 - Reports67.3 KiB
LOPPW Annual Report 2017Synod Assembly 2017 - Reports185.9 KiB
LSS Annual Report 2017Synod Assembly 2017 - Reports2.6 MiB
Lutheran-Planned-Giving-Report-2017Synod Assembly 2017 - Reports94.3 KiB
Lutherdale 2017 ReportSynod Assembly 2017 - Reports59.6 KiB
Portico Report 2017Synod Assembly 2017 - Reports144.2 KiB
Wartburg College Report 2017Synod Assembly 2017 - Reports233.1 KiB
Wisconsin Council Of Churches Annual ReportSynod Assembly 2017 - Reports285.7 KiB