28th Annual Synod Assembly – May 29-31, 2015
Keynote addresses were presented by The Rev. Dr. Colleen Windham-Hughes, a member of the faculty at California Lutheran University. The Rev. Jeffrey Thiemann, President and CEO of Portico Benefit Services presented the Bible Studies and brought greetings on behalf of Portico. The Rev. Elizabeth Ekdale, St. Mark’s, San Francisco and a member of the ELCA Church Council, introduced The Rev. Ron Glusenkamp, Director of the Always Being Made New Campaign for the ELCA. He delivered the report of the ELCA and electronically shared the inspiring words of Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, and an update on the ELCA Malaria campaign.
Bp. Mark Holmerud in his written verbal and presentations proposed three ways for the Synod to measure progress towards its shared mission:
- Becoming more culturally competent, culturally humble and anti-racist
- Becoming a better reflection of the neighborhood and communities we are called to serve
- Becoming able and willing to share our stories of Jesus
An Assembly Banquet on Saturday evening, Emceed by The Rev. Eugene Jewell celebrated the significant anniversaries of congregations and rostered leaders. Three pastors celebrating their 50th Anniversary of Ordination addressed the banquet – The Rev. Marty Schaefer, The Rev. David Schroeder and The Rev. Helmut (Bill) Busch.
Pr. Jose Luis La Torre Cuadros and Ms. Karen Idler, AIM who have worked in the Office of the Bishop for over four years each were celebrated, and a service of farewell and thanksgiving was offered, as their positions were eliminated as a result of budget cuts.