2015 Synod Assembly


The 28th annual synod assembly took place on Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30, 2015, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr., Tinley Park, IL 60477.  

Mission Moments
Photographs
Minutes

Final Assembly Report
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The Metropolitan Chicago Synod met in assembly May 29 to 30, 2015, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, Illinois. This year’s theme was “…and a little child shall lead them” from Isaiah 11:6. The focus of the assembly was how the church responds to the needs of children, youth, and families—and how the church can reach out to new generations.

After devotions and the Order for the Opening of an Assembly, the parliamentarian was appointed, the agenda approved, and committees appointed. There were elections for treasurer, synod council, committee on consultation, the discipline committee, and voting members to the 2016 Churchwide Assembly. Synod officers, vice president, secretary, and treasurer, gave reports updating the assembly on items that had occurred in the past year.

Feature presentations dealing with children, youth, and families were given Friday and Saturday. Organizations presenting were:

  • Campus Ministry
  • Concordia Place
  • Holy Family Ministries
  • ELCA Malaria Campaign
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
  • Kid’s Hope USA

After lunch and conference meetings, the balance of the afternoon included two sessions of hearings and workshops. Including a session on Saturday, four resolutions were debated and passed:

  • RES. 01-15 Criminal Justice
  • RES. 02-15 Bread for the World
  • RES. 03-15 Hunger
  • RES. 04-15 US Government Aid to the State of Israel

A Celebration of the Holy Eucharist to which all were invited concluded the day’s events. The offering of $1,840 was given to ELCA Nepal Disaster Response.

Throughout the plenary sessions, participants heard eight mission moments, coordinated by the synod’s Mission Interpreter Network, telling the story of congregations and partner ministries making a difference in their local communities, nationally, and around the world.

After devotions on Saturday morning, Bishop Miller gave his report where he shared updates on Affiliated Mission Communities, and Open Hands, Open Hearts, the synod strategic stewardship campaign—a partnership between the Metropolitan Chicago Synod and Design Group International. A video, New Church Rising, the first in a series of short video presentations for use in congregational settings that looks at the future of the church and possible responses concluded the bishop’s report.

The 2016 budget and updates to the synod constitution were adopted as presented.

The day ended with a closing prayer and the Order for the Closing of an Assembly.

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Worship Offering

The offering of $1,840 from the Friday evening worship will go to ELCA Nepal Disaster Relief.

Final Resolutions, budget, and constitution adopted by the assembly

Theme

The theme for this year’s assembly is from Isaiah 11:6 (New Revised Standard) –“…and a little child shall lead them.”

Plenary Speaker and Churchwide Office Representative

Stacy Martin recently joined the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), serving as its advocacy and policy director. As the advocacy director, Stacy leads the denomination’s advocacy efforts and DC presence on a range of issues – both international and domestic.

Her portfolio also includes state public policy offices. Prior to joining the ELCA, Stacy served as Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service's (LIRS) vice president for external relations and development, where Stacy led the organization’s policy and advocacy, resource development, marketing and communications, and media efforts. In Trenton, NJ, Stacy directed a state-wide immigration and refugee office. An ordained Presbyterian Minister, Stacy has served PC(USA) and ELCA parishes in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She has lived and worked in South Korea, South Africa, and Turkey. She is a published author of articles, sermons, and poetry.

 

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