29th Annual Synod Assembly – June 3 – 5, 2016 – Grand Sierra Resort, Reno
The 29th annual Sierra Pacific Synod Assembly was called into session by Bishop Mark Holmerud at 1 pm on Friday, June 3 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. ELCA Presiding Bishop, The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton joined us as the ELCA Churchwide Representative and keynote speaker. Luke Hanson, YAGM Rwanda Alum (currently Development Officer for Concordia University, St Paul) was our Bible Study Leader.
Of the 547 individuals present at Assembly, 432 were voting member. Of the voting
members, 272 or 63% were lay and 160 or 37% were clergy. Thirty six were persons of color and 10 had a primary language other than English. Closed captioning was available for those with impaired hearing, as well as English to Spanish translation services. Assembly chaplains were Pr. Ned O’Donnell and Marcelle Schaefer, AIM.