Synod Assembly

33rd Annual Synod Assembly

Thursday, May 6 – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Friday, May 7 – 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Saturday, May 8 – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Synod Elections

The Sierra Pacific Synod Constitution allows the Nominating Committee to entertain nominations from the Synod Assembly floor for certain positions within the synod, including Synod Secretary, Synod Council members-at-large, Synod Council Young Adult member, at-large Person of Color/Primary Language other than English voting member to the Churchwide Assembly, and at-large Youth/Young Adult voting member to the Churchwide Assembly.

More information about these positions, including a Nomination Form for each position, can be found by clicking on the appropriate links below.

NB: Nominations can only be made by a Voting Member of the 2021 Sierra Pacific Synod Assembly. A voting member can nominate someone who is not a voting member (with that person’s consent), but either the nominator or the nominee must complete the nomination form and indicate the nominator’s name in the appropriate blank. A voting member may self-nominate.

Synod Secretary (nominations close at 10 a.m., Friday, May 7, 2021)

Synod Secretary position description

ELCA Recommendations for Synod Secretaries

Synod Council member position description

Sierra Pacific Synod Council Covenant

Background Check Protocol established by Sierra Pacific Synod Council

Nomination Form

 

Synod Council members-at-large and Young Adult member (nominations close at 12 noon, Friday, May 7, 2021)

Synod Council member position description

Sierra Pacific Synod Council Covenant

Nomination Form

 

At-large Youth/Young Adult and At-large Person of Color/Primary Language Other than English Voting Members to the 2022 Churchwide Assembly (nominations close at 5 p.m., Friday, May 7, 2021)

Churchwide Assembly preliminary information

Description of Churchwide Assembly from the ELCA Constitution

Nomination Form

 

Nominee Information

Below you will find links to information about nominees for different synod positions to be voted on by the Synod Assembly. Information will be posted as soon as possible following the close of nominations for each position. Click on each position to be taken to the information about nominees.

If you are looking for information about nominees for the Office of Bishop, please visit the Bishop Election website at https://spselca.org/bp-election/ for the latest information.

Synod Secretary

Synod Council member-at-large (2-year term) 

Synod Council member-at-large (3-year term) 

Synod Council Young Adult member 

Synod Council Youth member (nomination provided by the Sierra Pacific Synod Youth Committee)

At-large Youth/Young Adult Voting Member to the 2022 Churchwide Assembly

At-large Person of Color/Primary Language Other than English Voting Member to the 2022 Churchwide Assembly

Results of the votes on the various constitutional matters, resolutions, budget, and synod position elections will be posted below as soon as they are available. Results of the bishop election can be found under the “Bishop Election Results” tab on the Bishop Election website at https://spselca.org/bp-election/.

Vote on proposed changes to Sierra Pacific Synod Constitution – passed

Synod Council members by conference

Synod Consultation Committee – passed

Synod Committee on Discipline – passed

Synod Secretary – Jeffrey Pennington was re-elected

2022 Churchwide Assembly Voting Members by conference

At-large Youth/Young Adult Voting Member to the 2022 Churchwide Assembly – Grace Ekdale Hoch

At-large Person of Color/Primary Language Other than English Voting Member to the 2022 Churchwide Assembly – Rev. Dr. Donna Allen

Synod Council member-at large (2-year term) – Rev. Kathy Morris

Synod Council member-at-large (3-year term) – Rev. Dr. Frances Le Bas

Synod Council Youth member – Makayla Smith-Stabler

Synod Council Young Adult member – Autumn Scherf

 

 2021 Speakers

ELCA Churchwide Representative

William “Bill” Horne II ELCA Vice President Mr. William “Bill” Horne II was elected to serve a six-year term as ELCA Vice President at the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans. Bill Horne grew up as a member of the National Baptist religious tradi­tion and became a Lutheran while serving in the United States Air Force in 1982. Bill has served as congregational president in two ELCA con­gregations in Florida and is currently a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Clearwater, Florida. He served as a member of the Florida-Ba­hamas Synod Council and later as Synod Vice President. Bill served on the ELCA Church Council, 2009-2015 and a member of the ELCA Theological Education Advisory Council, 2013-2015. He is current­ly serving as a member of the ELCA Inter-Religious Task Force and of the Lutheran Services Florida Board of Directors. His post military retirement career has been in public management. He was appointed by the Clearwater City Council to serve as the Chief Ad­ministrative Officer (City Manager) of the city with responsibility for all departments except the City Attorney’s Office. He is directly responsible for 1,746 employees and accountable for the annual operating and capital budget of $441 million dollars. Bill was selected as Interim City Manager in 2000 and later appointed to the position of City Manager in 2001. Bill served as a Colonel in the United States Air Force. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of Tulsa, a Masters in Human Resource Management from Pepperdine University, and a Masters in Political Science from Auburn University in Montgomery.

Financial Gifts

All donations will be given to the following organizations, one-third each:
  • Sierra Pacific Synod Candidacy Scholarships
  • ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response
  • Mt. Cross Ministries
You may make your donation anytime by clicking on the link below.

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Bishop Election

Click here for detailed information on the Bishop election.

Voting Members

  • All ministers of Word and Sacrament under call on the roster of this synod andall ministers of Word and Service under call on the roster of this synod are expected to attend meetings of the Synod Assembly. An absence requires that the Synod Council Secretary be notified. (Send notice to Assembly@spselca.org)
  • Ministers of Word and Sacrament from a church body with which a relationship of full communion exists who are under service in a congregation of this synod
  • Those ministers on the Retired roster of the synod chosen as voting members according to S7.22.01. of the synod constitution
  • ELCA interim pastors serving a congregation are considered “under call” for the purpose of Synod Assembly voting member status.
  • Two Lay Voting Members per each called minister of Word and Sacrament serving a congregation shall be elected by each congregation related to this synod to be voting members, typically one of whom shall be a woman and one of whom shall be a man.
  • Congregations where a pastoral vacancy exists (and no interim pastor placed) should send two Lay Voting Members, typically one of whom shall be a woman and one of whom shall be a man.
  • A synod authorized worshipping community should send One Lay Voting Member.
  • The youth from the Sierra Pacific Synod Youth Committee shall be voting members of the Assembly.
  • Synod officers and voting members of synod council who are not otherwise voting members of the Synod Assembly under †21

In electing voting members, congregations are strongly urged to take into consideration the need to ensure diversity and representational principles in elected leadership, as outlined in †S6.04., S6.04.A16., †S6.04.01., and †S6.04.02. of the Sierra Pacific Synod Constitution, Bylaws, and Continuing Resolutions, found online at www.spselca.org. For further information about Synod Assembly voting membership, please refer to the attached FAQ and to Chapter 7 of the synod constitution.

FAQ

Q:        We have a full-time senior pastor and a part-time associate pastor. How many lay voting members should we send?

A:        You should send two lay voting members for every Minister of Word and Sacrament called by your congregation, regardless of whether it’s a full-time or part-time call. If you have a senior pastor and an associate pastor, you should send four lay voting members.

 

Q:        We have an interim pastor. How many lay voting members should we send?

A:        According to *C9.07 of the Model Constitution for Congregations, an interim pastor shall have the rights and duties in the congregation of a regularly called pastor. Therefore, you should send two lay voting members. If you have an interim pastor and an associate pastor, you should send four lay voting members.

 

Q:        We are currently without a pastor. How many lay voting members should we send?

A:        Each congregation should send at least two lay voting members, regardless if the congregation has a settled or interim pastor or not.

 

Q:        We are a small congregation with limited resources. May we send only one lay voting member, together with our pastor?

A:        Regardless of their size, all congregations should strive to send at least two lay voting members, in addition to their pastor. Congregational subsidies may be available to congregations in need of assistance. Subsidy Request forms may be requested by sending an e-mail to Assembly@spselca.org.

 

Registration

Registration has closed.

Important Information

This is a online assembly. Each voting member will need to arrange for access to and familiarity with an internet connection and a certain amount of technology.

Voting members will need:

  • an email address unique to each voting member. Every voting member must have their own email address to receive their own voting credentials.
  • a quality and stable internet connection.
  • a desktop or laptop computer with a microphone, built-in or external speakers, and camera (optional).

Visitors:

  • Visitors/observers are invited and encouraged to view the assembly via live streaming. Visitors DO NOT need to register. Information on how to view will be provided closer to assembly.

Two Lay Voting Members per each called minister of Word and Sacrament serving a congregation shall be elected by each congregation related to this synod, normally one of whom shall be male and one of whom shall be female, to be voting members.

Registration questions… contact Kathye@spselca.org

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