2019 Assembly

The 2019 synod assembly will take place Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, 2019, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr., Tinley Park, IL 60477.

Theme

"We Are Called"

Based on Isaiah 6:8: Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

Hashtag - #mcsgo19

Final Agenda

Hearings and Workshops: Session One

Hearings and Workshops: Session Two

Registration (select appropriate link below)

Costs

Below are the costs for the 2019 assembly.

Registration opened on February 1, 2019.

  • Voting member: $200 (includes box lunch on Friday and Saturday)
  • Retired rostered voting member: $150 (includes box lunch on Friday and Saturday)
  • Visitor: $200 (includes box lunch on Friday and Saturday)
  • Display host: $200 (includes box lunch on Friday and Saturday)

Accommodations (Tinley Park Holiday Inn sold out)

The Holiday Inn attached to the convention center has sold out of rooms. Other hotels in the Tinley Park Convention Center area include: Wingate by Wyndham, La Quinta, Country Inn and Suites, Sleep Inn, Woodspring Suites, Comfort Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, and Fairfield Inn and Suites.

Book of Reports
(click link for Book of Reports)

Paper copies will not be mailed to registrants.

Each individual or congregation is asked to print copies as needed.

ELCA Churchwide Office Representative

KLS_biopix_sm.jpgThe Rev. Kevin L. Strickland serves as the Assistant to the Presiding Bishop, Executive for Worship of the ELCA. He began his call with the churchwide office in August 2014. Just prior to his call to the churchwide organization, Pastor Strickland served as pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Nashville, Tenn.). Pastor Strickland has served on various local non-profit boards and has a heart for justice and advocacy ministry. He has written for a number of publications and has spoken around the ELCA in the areas of worship and preaching.


Pre-Assembly Identification Process of Candidates for Bishop
Pre-Canvass

This year’s synod assembly, held on Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, 2019, will include a bishop’s election. Part of the synod's process for electing a bishop includes a pre-assembly identification process of candidates for bishop, also known as a pre-canvass. Please note that this is only an identification process. Actual nominations will take place on the first day of the assembly.

Results

The Pre-election Canvass Committee wants to thank everyone for the responses received during the Pre-election Canvass process.

Summary of results

We received 73 total response (including one duplicate response) from voting members, and nine responses for questions to be submitted from synod members. There were 68 names submitted (excluding the duplicate) by voting members, and a combined submission of over 100 questions.

Below are the individuals who were identified the most times including the total number of name submissions.

Biographical information - click on the person's name for biographical information

  1. Andrea Walker (13)
  2. Trudy Stoffel (12)
  3. Sarah Stumme (8)
  4. Yehiel Curry (6)
  5. Heidi Torgerson (5)
  6. Lawrence Clark (3)

Again, this was/is NOT a nomination process or an election. The election and nominations will happen at the Synod Assembly (June 7-8) with over 600 expected voting members. Click here for the full results of the pre-canvass process.

Forum information

A few reminders and updates regarding the Pre-assembly Forums can be found below.

Biographical Information

As part of our bylaws, the Pre-assembly Identification Process for Bishop includes biographical information for the top six people identified. Please review their biographies listed above.

Live-streaming/Recordings of Two Forums

We are excited to announce that the Synod Council has allocated funds to live-stream and record two of the forums. You will be able to view the recording or live-stream the event for the May 30 (7-9 p.m.) and June 1 (1-3 p.m.) forums, which include all identified people. To access the live-stream and video please visit www.mcselca.org/assembly. Please note that, to better preserve the ecclesiastical ballot at the synod assembly, the recordings must be removed by June 5.

Forums

We encourage your attendance at one or more of these forums and that you invite your congregation to come and listen to identified person on the following dates (note the highlighted changes below):

Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 1-3 p.m. at First Lutheran Blue Island in Sanctuary (2519 Grove St. Blue Island, IL 60406 )

    • Parking lot available.
    • Accessible building.
    • Sarah Stumme not present (at Metropolitan Chicago Synod’s Candidacy Meeting).
    • ASL and Spanish translation available by request at least seven days in advance to Nan Dahlke (nandahlke@ameritech.net).

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 7-9 p.m. at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Naperville in Sanctuary (1313 North Mill St, Naperville, IL 60563)

    • Spanish language translation offered.
    • Parking lot available.
    • Accessible building.
    • Andrea Walker not present (leading a retreat in Rwanda with the women pastors of the Lutheran Church of Rwanda).
    • ASL available by request at least seven days in advance to Nan Dahlke(nandahlke@ameritech.net).

Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 7-9 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Evanston in Sanctuary (3637 Golf Rd, Evanston, IL 60203)

    • Parking lot available.
    • Accessible building.
    • **Event will be live-streamed and recorded.** See www.mcselca.org/assembly to get link to live-stream and view videos after event. (Videos must be removed by June 5.)
    • ASL and Spanish translation available by request at least seven days in advance to Nan Dahlke (nandahlke@ameritech.net).

Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 1-3 p.m. at The Lutheran Center/ Churchwide Office in Council Chambers (8765 W Higgins Road; Chicago, IL 60631)

    • Accessible by public transportation.
    • Parking lot available (call security at parking garage box for entry).
    • Accessible building.
    • **Event will be live-streamed and recorded.** See www.mcselca.org/assembly to get link to live-stream and view videos after event. (Videos must be removed by June 5.)
    • ASL and Spanish translation available by request at least seven days in advance to Nan Dahlke (nandahlke@ameritech.net).

DETAILS
As a reminder, our synod constitution provides for a pre-identification process for any ELCA-ordained clergy person as a potential nominee for the office of bishop. Please note that this is only an identification process. Actual nominations will take place on the first day of the assembly. (Please see S9.04 of the Constitution of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod beginning on page 20 to review the process for an ecclesiastical ballot and the pre-election canvass. A helpful overview of the process can be found here.)

An overview of the process is available here.

Full results available here.

Please review the role of a synod bishop in S8.12 of the Constitution of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod beginning on page 12.

We hold you in our prayers as the Spirit moves within our synod.

In Christ,

Pre-election Canvass Committee
Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA

Ms. Nan Dahlke, co-chair (nandahlke@ameritech.net)
The Rev. Jason Glombicki, co-chair (pastor@wickerparklutheran.org)
Ms. Yvette NewberryWhite
The Rev. Linda Norman
Mr. Charles Willett

[2018 Assembly] [2017 Assembly] [2016 Assembly] [2015 Assembly] [2014 Assembly]

 
Page URL: http://www.mcselca.org/assembly/