Bishop Laurie invites you to Oregon Synod Assembly 2022
May 13-15 in beautiful Sunriver, Oregon
Registration is OPEN!
Assembly is the annual meeting for members of our organization (you!). The voting members from synod congregations and ministries comprise the Synod Assembly and this gathering serves as the highest governing body of the Oregon Synod. Through the prayerful, democratic voting process at this gathering, you establish the synod ministry priorities, approve the synod budget, and elect members to synod positions that keep our organization vibrant, and help us walk together with integrity and faithfulness toward a horizon of hope, connection and courageous love grounded in God’s unending grace. We are preparing for an inspiring and engaging weekend filled with spirit, learning, connecting, operational business, and interesting resolutions May 13-15.
This year our event will be centered around Genesis 1:1-1:2 and the theme of “Ruah: Trusting in the Spirit Jesus Promises.” We will be joined on that theme by Dr. Susan Abraham, a theologian from the Pacific School of Religion, and ELCA churchwide representative and Senior Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Judith Roberts.
Workshops will focus on challenges, opportunities, and conversations relevant for your church’s life:
- Pathways Toward a Hybrid Church
- Pathways of Transformational Transitions for Congregations: Renewed Vitality, Ecumenical Partnership, Holy Closure and more
- Pathways to Reparations: Bearers of the Good News of Reparation and Healing?
- Pathways to Community Vitality and Engagement: Sacred Organizing & Reckoning with Racism Cohorts
- Pathways to Reckoning with Racism as Communities of Faith in Oregon
Everyone is welcome at Synod Assembly!
The core voting body for Assembly is made up of voting members from every congregation (usually two), all ministers under call or serving as an interim (if retired), and Synod Council members. To be able to conduct business at Synod Assembly under our synod constitution, a minimum of half of those people need to be in attendance, at least 60% of them must be lay people, and at least 45% must be women and 45% men. Your congregation is also allowed specific additional voting members (see 2022 Guide to Voting Members for details). Attendance at Synod Assembly is a constitutional expectation for all ministers of word and sacrament serving under a call (S14.25): rostered leaders are expected to connect with the bishop if they will not be in attendance. We strongly suggest that the entire cost for a church’s voting members to attend assembly be included in your annual budget as participation in the life of this church.
For lay members to be able to vote, members must be elected by your congregation to be their representative. For ministers who are retired, on disability, or on leave from call ministers, (see Rules of Assembly for details).
Not a voting member? Not an issue! You are still wanted and welcomed at the assembly to participate in the abundant life of the event apart from voting (workshops, keynote, worship, meals, etc.).
We are lucky to be able to welcome you this year to the Sunriver Resort for our event! This beautiful 3,300-acre venue is 20 minutes south of Bend with restaurants and bars onsite, shops nearby, and miles of paved walking paths through meadows, forest and river. We invite you to consider coming a day early or staying a day late to have ample time to enjoy the beautiful space and outdoors. We have negotiated special pricing for our group and have committed to a certain number of rooms per night. We know you have many options of places to stay in the area but hope that you will stay at the lovely resort for its proximity to the event and to help us meet the room revenue requirements in our contract. You can make your reservation at 800-547-3922 and mention Oregon Synod ELCA for the group rate (book by 4/10 to get the rate). Interested in carpooling there? We have set up a link where you can organize rides.
Childcare will be available onsite during the plenaries (2-4 hours depending on day). The synod wants to make every effort for families to feel welcome, and cost of care should not be a barrier. Most of the cost will be covered by the synod – we will be asking for only $25-$50 per child for the weekend for care, available during our plenary sessions. Scholarships available.
General registration ($300) closes March 24 at 10 pm
Late registration ($350) begins March 24 at 10 pm and ends April 1 at 10 pm
Once the needed ratio of lay to rostered ministers to have a quorum has been established, we’ll know how many retired, on leave from call, and on disability ministers we can invite to register as voting members: registration for these people will be March 24 10 pm to April 1 at 10 pm ($300).
- Some partial scholarships are available.
- All attendees must be able to show either a completed vaccination card or a negative test from the week of the event (from no earlier than 5/8). Masking guidelines TBD in April.
You must register by April 1 (no registration will be allowed after this date or onsite)