Welcome to the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Spanning four counties, eight conferences, and over 180 congregations and worshiping communities, our synod works each day to support parishioners and Lutherans in Chicago and its surrounding area. As part of the ELCA, our mission is to share God's love made known to us in Jesus Christ.
Learn more about our synod in Who We Are.
Register for Ultimate Youth Lock-in on November 4-5, 2016
Take part in the Ultimate Lock-in on November 4-5, 2015, beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday and ending on Saturday at 5 a.m.
The cost is $20, and registration is by group. Scholarships are available; please contact Lauren at email@example.com if you require financial assistance. Join youth from around the synod for this annual event for high school and middle school youth of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod. From 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., youth and adult chaperones will gather at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 515 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187, for a Learn and Serve Event with author Brian Wallace. Wallace is the author of the Salem Trilogy, an epic medieval adventure that reveals the heart of Christ. The time will also include service projects.
Youth leaders need to indicate how many youth will attend the event. There must be at least one adult leader per seven youth.
For more information about the event, e-mail Katie Wilcoxon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commemorating the Reformation Together: Pope Francis Visits Leaders of the Lutheran World Federation—Monday, October 31, 8:30 a.m. Telecast of Ecumenical Prayer Service in Lund, Sweden
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Roman Catholic Church will jointly commemorate 500 years of the Reformation on Monday, October 31, 2016, in Lund and Malmö, Sweden, marking the first time in history that Catholics and Lutherans observe the anniversary together at a global level.
The Joint Lutheran/Catholic Covenant Renewal Committee in Chicago encourages you to gather in your neighborhood to watch this historic event which will be streaming live at here beginning at 7:30 a.m. local time, highlighted by an ecumenical prayer service at 8:30 a.m., with Pope Francis offering the homily.
Joint viewing host sites include:
• St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1004 Greenwood St., Evanston
• Archbishop Quigley Pastoral Center, 835 N. Rush St., Chicago
• DePaul University, Catholic Campus Ministry, Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave.
• Grace Lutheran Church, 200 N. Catherine Ave., La Grange
• Old St Mary’s Catholic Parish, 1500 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
• St Mark Lutheran Church, 200 S. Wille St., Mount Prospect
Register for Professional Leaders Conference - Leading Through Congregational Transitions
This year’s Professional Leaders Conference will take place on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615. The cost is $30 and includes lunch.
The conference speaker will be the Rev. Dr. D. Darrell Griffin, pastor, ministry coach, spiritual director, published author and certified Enneagram Trainer. The topic will be leading through congregational transitions. Since January 2000, Dr. Griffin has served as the senior pastor of the Oakdale Covenant Church of Chicago, which, under his leadership, has transitioned into a thriving congregation for all generations.
Watch Synod's Million Dollar ELCA World Hunger Challenge Video
Bishop Miller has prepared a video highlighting the synod's Million Dollar ELCA World Hunger Challenge and inviting you and your congregation to participate.
There are two versions of the video; one that is two minutes and 45 seconds, and an extended cut that is approximately six minutes.
Please consider using one of the videos during service announcements, council meetings, hunger team meetings, youth gatherings, and sharing them in other ways.
Synodical Women’s Organization 2016 Convention, October 29
This year’s synodical women’s organization’s convention will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln St., Batavia, IL 60510. The theme is Take heart, get up, he is calling you from Mark 10:49b.
The early registration fee is $20 through September 30.
Read Current Issue of Let's Talk: Dealing with the Devil
How do we deal with the Devil? How do, and how should, Christians today handle the demonic themes haunting Scripture, Lutheran theology, and even liturgy? In the current issue of Let's Talk: Living Theology in the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, we look at where demons are hiding, in the world and the church.
Read Kent Burreson on the role of exorcism in baptism rites, Marcus Lohrmann on preaching demon-haunted texts in a not-quite-disenchanted world, Benjamin J. Dueholm on pitying Satan, Frank C. Senn on demons and the reality of evil, Philip Gagnon on the ministry of exorcism, plus Seth Moland-Kovash's review of Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted by Richard Beck.
Comments and responses are encouraged.
Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism
An Analyzing and Understanding Systemic Racism workshop will take place Thursday-Saturday, October 20-2, 2016, at Catholic Theological Union, 5401 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago, IL 60615.
ELCA Member Registration: (by September 23) — $75; after September 23 — $105
Non-ELCA: Early Registration (by September 23) — $360; after September — $450
Online registration ends on October 15, 2016.
2017 Rostered Leader Salary Guidelines Available Online
The 2017 Salary Guidelines for Rostered Leaders are available here (see upper right-hand corner of page).
For a printed copy of the guidelines, please contact Sandie at email@example.com or 773-248-0021. If you have any questions about the guidelines, please contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-248-0021.
Sign up for Metro e-Word
While rostered leaders and congregations are already signed up to receive Metro e-Word, the weekly electronic newsletter of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, individuals can sign up as well.
Get reminders about events, notification about when the monthly newsletter and supplement to Living Lutheran are available online, and more.
Invitation to Participate in the Metropolitan Chicago Synod Million Dollar ELCA World Hunger Challenge
Meeting in assembly June 10 and 11, 2016, voting members unanimously passed RES. 03-16 To Support ELCA World Hunger, which resolved “that the congregations of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod accept the challenge to raise one million dollars for ELCA World Hunger between June 1, 2016, and October 31, 2017; and that 100% of the offerings from the 2016 and 2017 Metropolitan Chicago Synod Assembly worship services be designated for ELCA World Hunger.”
Together we can meet and surpass this challenge. Find our more here.
Invitation to Participate in the Open Hands Open Hearts Stewardship Initiative
The Open Hands Open Hearts Stewardship Initiative website is available at www.openhandsopenhearts.com. The first step in participating is for a congregation to complete a Congregational Assessment. Once completed, the results of the assessment, a planning tool, and a password are sent to the congregation. The password provides congregational leaders website access to an extensive menu of resources. This enables the congregation to develop a self-directed–yet strategic–systematic plan of action, including participation in a congregational peer cluster.
If you want to learn more about the process and the website, a recording of the Saturday, July 19, introductory webinar is accessible on the Open Hands Open Hearts page here.
Turnaround Synod Initiative
The Metropolitan Chicago Synod works to energize and renew congregations, supporting their efforts to “turnaround” and begin to grow and thrive. Our Turnaround Synod Initiative (TSI) is our program that invites these congregations to be inspired, challenged, and empowered to increase participation in their congregation and community and become more engaged.
Get more information and answers to questions, or a packet of information to share with your congregation’s leaders by clicking here.