The 2018 Synod Assembly was held on the campus of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks with the theme “Love & Serve: God, Neighbor, Creation.” The Synod Assembly is the highest legislative body in the Synod, and is composed of voting members from each congregation, along with rostered ministers, visitors, and guests who gather to conduct business and celebrate the many ministries of this synod.

95 SWCA Synod congregations were represented. 428 persons were in attendance, including 79 non-voting visitors.

The voting membership consisted of 110 Ministers of Word and Sacrament, four Deacons, 24 members of Synod Council, and 211 congregational lay voting members. Of the voting membership, 191 were male and 158 were female. 89 were persons of color or whose first language was other than English, and nine were 30 years of age or under.

Our Churchwide Representative and Keynote Speaker was Prairie Rose Seminole, Program Director for the American Indian and Alaska Native Ministries of the ELCA. Bible Studies were lead by members of the SWCA Synod Green Faith Team.

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