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2021 Virtual Synod Assembly
Friday, May 14 – Saturday, May 15, 2021
Online via Zoom
Moving Forward with Hope and Vision
We need to spend time understanding what we’ve been through in 2020. However, when there is a clear vision and a defined direction, hope is more than wishful thinking. It is the driving force of being able to evaluate the current situation, navigate discouragement, adapt to new realities, and renew the vision of what can and will be. Hope keeps you focused on the direction you are moving in the midst of the challenges.
When you are weary it is easier to be motivated by fear than by hope. Fear prompts you to stay with the status quo. It is easier to stay with what you know rather than what you don’t know. There is a level of fear that is reasonable. But, when you let your fears take control, you often become paralyzed and do nothing.
Hope, on the other hand, gently steers you toward making a difference. By keeping your eyes upon your goal, hope helps you manage your fears. You move from weariness to expectation. You can see and act upon a new vision. Come join us as we see this through the lens of the Southwestern Washington Synod.
VOTING MEMBER SELECTIONS:
How many voting members does your congregation get? pdf
NEW THIS YEAR **Online Synod Assembly Registration Information: All information will be on an Attendee Hub for each individual voting member, so be sure that you register each voting member with their own email address. In order to count voting members and votes properly, each voting member needs to be registered with their own email address. This will also be the email address that the individual voting member will log onto the assembly sessions with.
*Each voting member also needs to use a computer to log-on, so that they can vote easily on Zoom. Some cell phones don’t support the online poll voting process that we will be using.
Draft Agenda (pdf)
Workshops: (Register for a workshop for each of the 2 sessions during registration.)
Elected Positions:–Nominations are now closed
- *Nominees for Elected Positions Starting in 2021 -pdf (updated 5/03/21)- highlighted in yellow
- *Nominees for Elected Positions Starting in 2022– pdf (updated 5/03/21) -highlighted in green
- *Bios for Nominees – updated 5-03-21 (pdf)
- Elected Positions Job Descriptions (pdf)
- Google Nomination Form https://forms.gle/dfbqfrZSCWREx8f38
Business Items to Vote On:
- Proposed Constitutional Provision Change from the Churchwide Assembly– (needs majority vote at the 2021 Synod Assembly) (posted October 2, 2021)
- Proposed Constitutional Provision Changes from the Synod Council (needs a 2/3 vote at the 2021 Synod Assembly- posted October 2, 2021)
- Synod Budget FY 2023-2024
- (The Synod’s fiscal year is February 1 – January 31. The number for the “Fiscal Year” is the year in which the fiscal year ends. Therefore we will vote on the budget for the Fiscal Years 2023-2024- these budgets for for Feb 1, 2022-January 31, 2023 (FY 2023) and Feb 1, 2023-January 31, 2024 (FY 2024)
ELCA Churchwide Staff Representative: Kristen Opalinski
Bible Study Leader: Bishop Rick Jaech
Eucharist Service During Advent Season
Each year during the Advent season, the bishop hosts a weekday Eucharist service for all rostered leaders in the Synod: pastors, deacons, chaplains, counselors, both active and retired. These Advent Eucharists take place at five different locations around the Synod and gather together the leaders from two neighboring conferences. In addition to celebrating the Eucharist, we enjoy a time of conversation and a good lunch together.
In November, as the Advent season approaches, the dates and locations for these Advent Eucharists will be posted on this page.
2022 Bishop’s Convocation and Ministers
The Bishop’s Convocation is a 2-day retreat for our synod rostered ministers with worship, relaxation and relationship-building time with their peers. The main focus is on education surrounding a specific current topic selected by Bishop Jaech.
The 2022 Bishop’s Convocation is currently scheduled to be held back at Seabeck Conference Center for Tuesday, January 18-Wednesday, January 19, 2021 with the Under 45 Rostered Minister Gathering set for Sunday, January 16th-Tuesday, January 18th.
Upcoming Spring 2022
Every 2 years in the Spring, the Southwestern Washington Synod holds an Educational Gathering at several congregations around the synod. This is a time for members of our synod congregations to participate in variety of workshops, worship and lunch together, and meet new friends. The Educational Gatherings are held in the years opposite from the Synod Assembly and are open to all members of our synod congregations.
The next Educational Gathering is scheduled for Spring 2022.
An Annual Weekend Gathering
This is an annual weekend gathering of youth from throughout our synod planned by the ALYVE Board and Youth Committee. The youth join for fun, worship, learning, leadership and relationship building.After COVID, we'll resume our gatherings at a local overnight camp and retreat center. This event usually occurs in March of each year. You'll find registration information here by January of each year for the upcoming retreat.