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2024 Synod Assembly

May 10 @ 5:00 pm - May 11 @ 2:30 pm

The Saint Paul Area Synod’s 2024 Synod Assembly will be held May 10-11 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi. With a theme of “Called to Show Up,” we will explore what it means to show up for each other, to show up in the neighborhoods where we live, and to show up as people of faith in contexts where our presence is both expected and unexpected. The assembly features poet, author and spoken word performer Joe Davis. More details will be added here over the coming weeks so check back soon!

Friday, May 10 – 5 p.m. Mission Fair | 7 p.m. Hymn Festival &  Worship Service
open to all; no registration necessary, just show up!

Saturday, May 11 – 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Synod Business Meeting
open only to those registered as voting members, advisors or guests

During the assembly we will worship together, consider resolutions, elect people to leadership roles and experience being part of a wider church. Click on the bars below to learn more.

Pre-Assembly Report

Click here for the 2024 Pre-Assembly Report (updated 4-16-24)
NOTE: Revised version has slight adjustments to the agenda (p. 3), final nominee name (p. 14) and final version of the proposed memorial (p. 20).

This document includes the proposed agenda, proposed rules of procedure, proposed 2025 budget, and proposed resolutions and memorials. It also offers general information, highlights the featured speakers, lists the nominees for elections and other assembly details.

The full 2024 Synod Assembly booklet will be provided to registrants either in print form or via mobile app (based on their preference during registration).

Voting Members

Voting members include both rostered ministers serving under call (in congregations or in specialized ministry) and lay voters elected by their congregations, typically during the congregation’s annual meeting. At Synod Assembly, voting members may make decisions about governance, mission and finances; elect members of Synod Council or other committees and select voting members to the triennial Churchwide Assembly. These voters are not designated “representatives” of a congregation (like elected officials), but they are asked to take seriously the responsibility of voting with their conscience for the well-being of the synod.

Click here for the 2024 Voter Allocation Chart, which shows how many voting members each congregation in the synod may bring to Synod Assembly.

Voting members will be invited to participate in two pre-assembly discussions on the proposed budget, as well as proposed resolutions. Watch for more information about these gatherings, which will be held over Zoom during the week preceding assembly.

Other Attendees:

Besides voting members, assembly registrations may also include:

Retired Rostered Ministers – These participants are allowed to address the assembly during proceedings, but may not cast a vote. [Unless they are one of the retirees elected at the 2024 Retired Minister Caucus, retired rostered ministers have “voice” but no “vote.”]

Advisors – These participants are allowed to address the assembly during proceedings, but may not cast a vote. They include rostered ministers not under call (ie. on leave, retired or in study) except for those selected as voting members, lay synod staff, lay members of synod assembly committees, representatives of synod partners in ministry, representatives from the ELCA synod and churchwide offices. [Advisors have “voice” but no “vote”]

Visitors – These participants are attending assembly as observers due to a personal interest in a topic or as participants in the mission fair. [Visitors have neither “voice” nor “vote.”]

Featured Speakers
Keynote: Joe Davis

Joe Davis is a nationally-touring artist, educator, trainer, and speaker based in Minneapolis, MN. He employs poetry, music, theater, and dance to shape culture. His work has been featured on BET, CNN, and VH1. He is the Founder and Director of multimedia production company, The New Renaissance, the frontman of emerging soul funk band, The Poetic Diaspora, and co-creator of JUSTmove, racial justice education through art. He has keynoted, facilitated conversation, and served as teaching artist at hundreds of high schools and universities including programs in New York, Boston, and most recently as the Artist-in-Residence at Luther Seminary where he earned a Masters in Theology of the Arts.

Churchwide Representative: The Rev. Dr. Roger A. Willer

The Rev. Dr. Roger A. Willer is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) serving as the Director for Theological Ethics in the ELCA Office of the Presiding Bishop. In that capacity he has served as co- or lead staff person in the development of all ELCA social teaching documents since 2005. He earned his PhD from the University of Chicago (2009) in theology and is a contributing scholar in theology and ethics for both church and academic audiences. Most recently he has written on science and political theology. Prior to service in the churchwide organization, he was a parish pastor, serving two congregations on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio. Among other current tasks, he is directing development of a social statement by the ELCA Task Force on Civic Life and Faith. The Draft of A Social Statement on Civic Life & Faith is available for reading and response at https://www.elca.org/civicsandfaith.

Elections

Elections will be held for the following offices and positions during the 2024 Synod Assembly:

Secretary (4-year term)
Vice President (4-year term)
Synod Council At-Large Representative, Lay (3-year term)
Synod Council At-Large Representative, Deacon (3-year term)
Synod Council At-Large Person of Color, Language Other Than English (3-year term)
Committee on Discipline, Rostered (6-year term)
Consultation Committee, Lay (6-year term)
Consultation Committee, Rostered (6-year term)

Churchwide Assembly, Deacon
Churchwide Assembly, Lay (7 representatives)

Please see the Pre-Assembly Report for the list of nominees.

Mission Fair

The Synod Assembly is a great place to make connections with people from congregations around the synod, as well as organizations that are partners in mission. This year’s Mission Fair will feature 30 displays that highlight the ministries, programs and events of synod work groups and global missions, ELCA partners and other organizations that are affiliated with our synod or congregations. You can visit their tables at these times:

Friday, May 10 – 5-7 p.m. (prior to the synod-wide worship service)
Saturday, May 11 – 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (through lunch time)

Featured Organizations:

Advocates for Racial Equity Work Group
Augsburg University Campus Ministry
Bega Kwa Bega
Camp Onomia
Care of Creation Work Group
Center of Addiction & Faith
Cherish All Children – LSSMN
CYF Twin Cities Leadership Team
Clergy Financial Resources
Dignity for Daughters
ELCA Foundation
ELCA Mission Investment Fund
ELCA Young Adults
ENGAGE: Lutherans for Gun Violence Prevention
Friends of Huruma
Global Refuge
Guatemala Committee
Luther Seminary
Lutheran Advocacy – Minnesota
Lutheran Campus Ministry-Twin Cities
Lutheran Community Nurse Association
Lutheran Mideast Development
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
LSS at Allianz Field
Mental Health Connect
The Ministry Lab
Minnesota Contemplative Outreach
Shobi’s Table
Vanco
Vitality Team of the Saint Paul Area Synod

St. Andrew's Lutheran Church

We are pleased to return to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church for this year’s Synod Assembly. The congregation is located at 900 Stillwater Road in Mahtomedia, MN 55115. Click here for directions. As you enter the church campus from Stillwater Road, stay right to continue up the hill to the Sanctuary parking lot. Enter through Door #1 under the “Welcome” sign.

All buildings at St. Andrew’s are wheelchair accessible and there are accessible parking spaces near the entrance. If you have questions about special needs, please call the synod office at 651-224-4313.

Bulletin of Reports

The Bulletin of Reports contains reports from the synod’s public witness work groups, ministry partners, and agencies and institutions affiliated with the Saint Paul Area Synod and the ELCA. These reports reflect the array of work we undertake together and as part of the whole church as we carry out global ministries, seek to become more inclusive and loving to all, develop resources and equip leaders, advocate for justice and the common good, serve the needs of the poor and marginalized, and find new collaborative and effective ways to work together as the body of Christ in the world. Reports from the following entities were received for 2024:

Synod Work Groups:
Advocates for Racial Equity
Care of Creation
Cherish All Children
Engage – Lutherans for Gun Violence Prevention

Other Organizations:
Augsburg University
ELCA Region 3 Archives
1517 Media
Global Refuge
Luther College
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Portico Benefit Services
Wartburg College

Registration

Advance registration closes April 26! Save money and time by registering online.
There is no registration for the mission fair or worship service on Friday, May 10…just show up! Registration is required for the synod’s business meeting on Saturday, May 11. Advance registration is open from March 1 through April 26. The advance registration fee is $55 per person. After April 28, no registrations will be accepted until May 10 when we are on-site at St. Andrew’s. The at-the-door registration fee is $65 per person.

Voting members may register themselves or a congregation may register it full group. Please check with your congregation to find out how registration is being handled. If one person is registering a group, please note that you will need to know some details for each person you are registering, including their email address, preferred gender identity and pronouns, dietary restrictions as well as their choice of digital app or printed booklet for assembly materials. Click here for a registration walk-through document with more specific instructions on the registration process.

Questions about registration? Contact the synod office at 651-224-4313 or email rachel.holsten@spas-elca.org.

Thank you to our synod assembly sponsors:

Details

Start:
May 10 @ 5:00 pm
End:
May 11 @ 2:30 pm

Venue

St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
900 Stillwater Rd.
Mahtomedi, MN 55115 United States
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Phone
(651) 426-3261
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