Synod Assembly 2021
Given the ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, many events continue to be held differently than in past years. For the 2021 Synod Assembly, Synod Council has approved a virtual assembly, which will be held on May 15, 2021 via Zoom.
Due to its virtual nature, this year’s Synod Assembly will be primarily business focused. Therefore, only voting members will be able to register for and participate in the Zoom meeting. All non-voting members and visitors are invited to watch the Synod Assembly via livestream on social media. In the coming months, updates and resources will be available here.
The theme for Synod Assembly 2021 will be the same as we had planned for 2020 and will be centered on the verse “Great is the company of those who bore the tidings, great is the company of the women!” (Psalm 68:11).
Registration will be opening soon! Given the nature of this year’s Synod Assembly, only voting members will be able to register. All non-voting members and visitors are invited to watch the Synod Assembly via livestream on social media. Registration forms must be completed online and submitted by April 21, 2021. There will be no late registration.
Given the technological nature of this Synod Assembly, voting members should be comfortable using computers, mobile devices, and/or tablets, learning and using applications, and accessing information from websites. Additionally, each voting member will need their own email address and voting device (smartphone or tablet). They will also need access to a computer to participate in the Zoom meeting. It is recommended that voting members use a computer to host the Zoom meeting and use a smartphone or tablet as their voting device.
Memorials and Resolutions
To be considered for the 2021 Synod Assembly, resolutions and memorials must be submitted to the North/West Lower Michigan (NWLM) Synod Resolutions Committee. All resolutions and memorials must be submitted electronically to Ann Stavros at the Synod Office by April 7, 2021.
Resolutions and memorials may only be submitted by a voting member of the upcoming Synod Assembly, a member of a NWLM Synod congregation, a member of a NWLM Synod committee, or a member of an agency of the NWLM Synod. Each proposed resolution and memorial is required to include the names of at least 25 confirmed members of the Synod who support consideration of the proposed document by the upcoming Synod Assembly.
Download a resolutions and memorials worksheet and guidelines document. For additional guidance in drafting resolutions and memorials, authors are encouraged to contact the Synod Resolutions Committee via its chair, Rev. Justin J. Walker. Resources are also available at www.elca.org/documents (search for “Resolutions”).
Synod ministries, synod tables, and synod committees are welcome to submit a short video to be considered for the Synod Assembly. Each group may submit one video that is one-two minutes in length. Videos should feature the work of the ministry, table, or committee. Given the business focus and time considerations of this year’s Synod Assembly, submitted videos are not guaranteed to be shown during Assembly. All videos will be released via social media after Synod Assembly. To be considered, all videos must be submitted to Rev. David Sprang by April 7, 2021.
The Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for Synod Council, the Discipline Committee and Consultation Committee. All nominations and completed Bio Forms must be submitted to Rev. Jessica Hahn by March 31.
- Nomination Slate – Open Positions
- Nomination Bio Form
- Synod Council Responsibilities and Duties
- Discipline Committee Responsibilities and Duties
- Consultation Committee Responsibilities and Duties
All reports must be submitted by April 7, 2021 to be included in the Synod Assembly Book. Reports should be submitted to Rebecca Bossenbroek.