Synod Assembly

33rd Annual Synod Assembly

July 8, 2020

Dear Members of the Sierra Pacific Synod,

At its meeting on July 8th, the Synod Council voted that the 2020 Synod Assembly will be postponed to 2021. This is in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health risks in conducting large public meetings, and the increase in positive COVID cases in our Synod.

This decision comes after much discussion and discernment by the Bishop Election Committee, the Synod Assembly Planning Team, the Executive Committee, and the Synod Council. Those discussions were informed by consultations with churchwide officials and our synod counsel, a letter from the African Descent Pastors of the Sierra Pacific Synod, and guidance from federal, state, and local health officials regarding the pandemic we are living through.

Most importantly, this decision was made after considerable prayer.

The Synod Assembly Planning Team and the Bishop Election Committee  explored several options for holding the assembly and concluded that a virtual (e.g., Zoom) assembly poses substantial challenges, especially regarding the ecclesiastical balloting process employed for electing the bishop as well as not having a Spirit-led community process.

According to California Corporations Code section 9220(c), not holding the 2020 Synod Assembly means the Bishop, Secretary, and Synod Council members will continue in office until their successors are elected and qualified.

Thank you for your understanding and prayers – now, more than ever, embrace the Holy Spirit and listen!

Gail Kiyomura, Vice President
Sierra Pacific Synod–ELCA

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Registration will Open in 2021

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.

If you do not know what Conference your congregation is a part of, check out the Conference Listings here!

Registration questions… contact


Housing reservations will open in 2021.

 2021 Speakers

Financial Gifts

To de determined

In Kind Gifts

To be determined


Deadline will be announced in 2021.

Questions? Email

Synod Assembly Display Space

Display Space Registration will open in 2021.

Questions? Contact Kathye Hamm

Synod Assembly Workshops

There will be no workshops in 2021 due to constraints of the Bishop’s Election and other Assembly business.

Bishop Election

Click here for information on the Synod Site Profile, Identified Candidates and the Election Process.

Volunteers Needed!

The Synod is looking for interested volunteers who would like to share their time and talents at this year’s Synod Assembly. Volunteers strengthen and enrich this process of our faith community. Volunteers may provide short term or long term commitment over the three-day conference.
Jobs include set-up, registration, photographer, direction guides and more!

Volunteer Registration will open in 2021

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