2011 Synod Assembly


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Report on the Twenty-fourth Annual Assembly

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Prepared by Jeffrey L. Drake
Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA

“The reign of God is like…” was the theme as the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA, met for its 24th annual assembly June 3-4, 2011, at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel, 5440 N. River Rd., Rosemont, IL 60018. The assembly opened with a Celebration of The Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. Bishop Wayne N. Miller preached the homily, and declared the opening of the assembly.

After the appointment of the parliamentarian, committees, and instructions to voting members, a quorum was declared.

Ms. Mary Anderson was thanked for her service as the first Mission Interpreter Coordinator in the synod. The Mission Interpreter Network consists of volunteers in congregations who share the broader work of the ELCA with congregations, and also share the work of congregations with their communities and the synod. Ms. Anderson will continue as a volunteer, and Mr. Ken Olson was welcomed as the next Mission Interpreter Coordinator. Eight “Mission Moments,” times when Mission Interpreters shared vignettes of our hands doing God’s work in our congregations, communities, and world, punctuated the assembly. More information about the Mission Interpreter Network is available online at www.mcselca.org/what/stewardship/mission_interpreters.

The Rev. Janelle Rozek Hooper, serving as a pastor at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Naperville, Ill., delivered the first of three Bible studies centered on the assembly’s theme, choosing the Parable of the Yeast from Matthew 13:33.

Assembly participants then took part, over lunch, in one of eight conference meetings.

Next, Ms. Yvette NewberryWhite, treasurer of the synod, gave her report, and introduced the 2012 synod budget, consideration of which was tabled until the Budget Hearing later in the afternoon. The Rev. Dan Schwick of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) spoke to the assembly about LSSI’s plans to enter into deeper partnership with synod congregations, and thanked congregations for their response to Good Shepherd Sunday – a day set aside each year to highlight the work of LSSI.

Testimonials to Koinonia Leadership Training, a program offered through the synod through its Turnaround Synod Initiative (TSI), were given, followed by introduction of the synod’s Latino Strategy by the Rev. Antonio Cabello. Consideration of the strategy was tabled until a hearing later in the day.

Two of the synod’s Anti-Racism Team members, the Rev. Michael Russell, and the Rev. Linda Johnson Seyenkulo then presented the second Bible study on Luke 16:19-31, the Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man.

Following the Bible study, participants took part in hearings and workshops, gathering again in plenary session to debate and pass RES. 01-11 Continuing Position on Antiracism, followed by the first general ballot for synod treasurer, synod council members, and the Committees on Consultation and Discipline.

The final Bible study of the assembly was led by the Rev. Said Ailabouni who explored Matthew 20:1-16, “The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard,” or “The Gracious Employer.”

The assembly then heard the report of the Churchwide Organization given by the Rev. Greg Villalon, Director for Missional Leadership and Candidacy of the ELCA Congregational and Synodical Mission Unit. In addition to sharing a video illustrating some of the larger work of the church, Pr. Villalon thanked the assembly and congregations of the synod for its ongoing support. After another session of hearings and workshops, the initial day of the assembly ended with Evening Prayer.

After morning devotions on Saturday, June 4, 2011, the assembly heard the results of the first general ballot. A second ballot was not needed. Ms. Yvette NewberryWhite was re-elected as synod treasurer. Elected to the synod council were: the Rev. Ellen Arthur (North Conference), Ms. Marlene Daubert (Northwest Conference), the Rev. Richard Likeness (West Conference), Mr. Terry Henderson (Southwest Conference), and other nominees Mr. Ivan Perez and the Rev. Lawrence Clark. Elected to the Consultation Committee were Mr. Jeffrey Blankenship, Ms. Ann Hein, the Rev. Donald Myrom, and the Rev. Beverly Conway. Elected to the Discipline Committee were Mr. Richard Larson, Sr. Laura Mankivsky, the Rev. Timothy Brown, and the Rev. Nancy Goede.

Vice President Nanette Dahlke then presented the Sunergos Award to Bob Oxeman who served as the synod’s attorney for the past 20 years. The Sunergos Award (“sunergos” being a Greek word for “a companion in work,” or fellow worker”) was established by the synod council in May 2000 to “celebrate the gift of lay servants of our synod who give so much to the life of our church.” Vice President Dahlke also honored congregations and rostered leaders celebrating significant anniversaries, as well as those new to the synod since last year’s assembly. Bishop Miller then relinquished the chair of the assembly so that he could present his report – Abundance Renewed – in which he talked about the signs and marks of faithfulness. A video of the report will be made available as well as the PowerPoint and text of the report.

After the reports of Vice President Nanette Dahlke and Synod Secretary the Rev. Steve Srock, the 2012 Budget, and Latino Strategy were adopted as presented. The final work of the assembly was completed by debate on and passage of:

• RES. 02-11 Resolution on Prevention of Bullying, Harassment, and Related Forms of Violence
• RES. 03-11 Memorial on Prevention of Bullying, Harassment, and Related Forms of Violence
• RES. 04-11 Celebrate and Support Lutheran Campus Ministry of Illinois
• RES. 05-11 Memorial on Campus Ministry
• RES. 06-11 Support of Diakonia

The assembly concluded with a Resolution of Thanks, and the Order for the Closing of an Assembly. The 2012 Budget, Latino Strategy, and final copies of resolutions are available online at www.mcselca.org/assembly.


Final Resolutions Adopted by the Assembly

The bishop's sermon  from the opening worship service of the assembly is available here.  The bishop's report will be available as a DVD and video online.  Information will be shared when these become available.


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