The 2014 Saint Paul Area Synod Assembly will gather from 8:15 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 16 and 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. The Saint Paul Synod Assembly gathers annually at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, Minn. As the highest legislative authority of the synod, delegates from congregations engage in conversation and vote on resolutions, synod council and committee nominations, in addition to other synod business.
"Living Lutheran: Wing Our Words"
This year the Saint Paul Area Synod assembly concludes a three-year focus on Lutheran identity, exploring how we proclaim the gospel promise under the theme of “Living Lutheran: Wing Our Words.” How might the gospel promise penetrate all communities? What happens when we shed our reserve and shy proclivities and set ourselves free, so that our words have wings? Where and on whom might our words light? Whom might our words uplift or shelter?
Dr. David Lose, associate professor of biblical preaching at Luther Seminary, will join us as the keynote speaker. Lose speaks frequently at workshops and seminars around the country. He was part of the team that developed WorkingPreacher.org, and has created a blog, “In the Meantime,” that features daily Bible devotions and articles on connecting faith and daily life.
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will serve as the churchwide representative, both providing updates and stories of the work we do together as the ELCA and overseeing the election of the bishop. In addition, Eaton will preach at the closing worship service on Saturday, May 17, in which we celebrate what has been and what is to come in the Saint Paul Area Synod.
Much of the agenda will be devoted to the election of a new bishop to succeed Bishop Rogness, who retires in June. You have heard and you will continue to hear reminders to identify your voting members early so that they can be prepared for the election by attending the conference assemblies and the candidate forums.
Sixty percent of the people who will elect the new bishop in May will be lay voting members from our congregations. People who find themselves called on to vote in May and have not had the opportunity to participate in the preliminary events in the bishop election process will be at an unfortunate disadvantage. So identify your voting members early and encourage them along the way to become informed. The more who participate in these discerning discussions, the better for the whole of the synod’s life.
Download the 2014 Voting Member Allocation Chart (PDF) Last updated Feb. 5, 2014
Here’s another thing that will be different at this year’s synod assembly—the number of people who attend will likely increase because of interest in the bishop election, and Saturday crowds will be as large as or larger than Friday. Planning for the most effective use of space, for more efficient ways to serve lunches, and for handling overflow crowds is underway and will be communicated in the months ahead via e-news and on the synod website.
Displays not offered in 2014
Because of the changes in logistics, the space we have previously used for the display area will be needed to accommodate registration, food service, and overflow seating. After much discussion, we have decided not to offer display space or tables for this year’s assembly.
Sponsorship opportunities remain available for organizations choosing to offer financial support for the synod assembly. Sponsorship funds help to provide hospitality for our participants including food and refreshments. All sponsoring organizations will be acknowledged through announcements during assembly; signage acknowledging your sponsorship; sponsorship information printed in assembly publications/materials; and synod website listing.
We value the many ministries and organizations that partner with the ongoing work of the congregations in the Saint Paul Area Synod and ask that you consider providing a $250 or $500 sponsorship for the assembly.
Questions? Please contact Cyndi Berg by calling the synod office or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for this year’s assembly is now open. In order to be able to plan more effectively, the following registration fees were approved by the executive committee of the synod council. Register early and save money and time!
Voting Member and Advisor
Feb. 8-March 31 $140
April 1-May 1 $160
After May 1 $190
Please note that after May 1, registration must be completed on-site.
One-Day Registration $40
Two-Day Registration $70
All visitors must register in order to be seated. Seating in the visitor section is limited. Overflow seating will be available in the Community Room.
Because the first ballot will be taken shortly after opening worship, and because the ballot must be proceeded by an accurate credentials report, on-site check-in and registration will end promptly at 9:30 a.m.. Anyone not registered by then will not be able to vote when the plenary begins, at 10:15 a.m. See tentative assembly agenda
Plan ahead for on-site registration at the assembly
Because of the need to have adequate time to prepare the credentials report prior to the first ballot for bishop, voting member should plan to arrive early and allow adequate time to register before worship begins at 8:15 a.m.
Because the first ballot will be taken shortly after opening worship, and because the ballot must be proceeded by an accurate credentials report, on-site check-in and registration will end at 9:30 a.m.. Anyone not registered by then will not be able to vote when the plenary begins, at 10:15 a.m.
Opening worship is at 8:15 a.m., and most of our voting members are present by then, so the registration cut-off isn’t an issue. But for anyone needing to arrive late, please note the 9:30 a.m. cut-off for credentials for the first ballot. Anyone arriving after 9:30 a.m. will not be able to register and vote until after the first ballot.
Please note that registration will close prior to each ballot to prepare a credentials report, and latecomers will not be allowed to register until the ballot is completed.
If you have attended a synod assembly within the past five years or so, you’re sure to have seen at least one of the beautiful banners used to display the assembly theme. The banners from the 2009-2012 synod assemblies are now available. Congregations may permenantly acquire their choice of these banners on a first come, first served basis.
For more information or to make a request, please contact Cyndi Berg in the synod office at email@example.com.
Additional information and resources on the bishop election process for congregations and potential candidates may be found on the bishop election homepage or by contacting the Bishop Election Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit spas-elca.smugmug.com/events for photos from past synod assemblies and other synod-wide events.