2019 Assembly Schedule


Preliminary Schedule – subject to change. Please check back often! 

Interactive Map of the Cal Lutheran Campus 


Gilbert Sports & Fitness Center (Location of Gilbert Arena and Soiland Gym)

Thompson & Pederson Hall (Dorms) 

Soiland Humanities Building (Workshops)

Samuelson Chapel

University Plaza

Jack’s Corner

Please Note! The 1st Ballot in the Election of the Bishop will take place during  Business Session 2 after dinner on Thursday, May 30. Only those voting members in attendance who have registered by 7:00 p.m. and the production of a credentials report will be eligible to cast a ballot. Please refer to the Message from the 2019 Bishop’s Election Committee if you have questions about the election process.


Thursday, May 30, 2019

11:30 a.m. | Dorm Check-in Opens – Thompson and Pederson Residence Halls

1:00 p.m. | Youth + Young Adult Welcome Table – Soiland Gym

After registering with your congregation, check in at the youth + young adult welcome table! We’ve got info about about youth + young adult gatherings throughout Synod Assembly weekend. Also, free CLU swag. Did we mention free stuff?

2:00 p.m.  |  Registration Opens – Soiland Gym

3:00 p.m. | Voting Member Orientation – Gilbert Arena

5:00 p.m.  |  Opening of Assembly/Business Session 1 – Gilbert Arena

6:00 p.m | Dinner – Soiland Gym

Voting Member Registration for First Bishop’s Election ballot closes at 7:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. | Business Session 2 – Gilbert Arena

First Bishop’s Election Ballot 

Voting member registration will re-open at close of voting

9:00 p.m. | Documentary – Charlottesville: Our Streets (90 minutes) – Gilbert Arena, Gilbert Sports Center

9:00 p.m. | Youth & Young Adult Volleyball and Basketball – Thompson and Pederson Residence Halls

Join us for volleyball, music, and snacks at the volleyball courts between Thompson and Pederson. This event is sponsored by the Synod Youth Team, but everyone is welcome to join us

Friday, May 31, 2019

8:00 a.m. | Registration Opens – Soiland  Gym, Gilbert Sports Center

9:00 a.m.  |  Business Session 3 – Gilbert Arena, Gilbert Sports Center

Noon  |  Box Lunch

12:45 p.m. | Workshops – Soiland Humanities Building

Touching People’s Lives: An Overview of the ELCA’s Global Mission. Participants will have the opportunity to explore their areas of interest for global work and find connections to local congregations
Pastor Rafael Malpica Padilla, ELCA Global Missions

Community Organizing 101 for Youth + Young Adults: Learn how you can make change in your church, in  your synod, and in your community with the tools community organizing!
Pastor Steve Jerbi 

Congregational Care of Older Adults: As congregations grow “grayer” along with the rest of America, they often turn towards attracting younger members while missing the rich opportunities to serve the older adults in their midst. In this session, we’ll talk about the (1) lead congregations can take in embracing rather than stigmatizing older adulthood and (2) building blocks to develop an older adult ministry that serves your members and reaches those in need outside your walls.
Cordula Dick-Muehlke, Ph.D – Consultant in Aging & Dementia, Cordula Cares

Synod Constitutional Changes
Synod Vice-President Randall Foster

2:00 p.m. | Business Session 4 – Gilbert Arena, Gilbert Sports Center

5:00 p.m. | CLU Reception – University Plaza

6:00 p.m. | Dinner – Soiland Gym, Gilbert Sports Center

7:00 p.m. Business Session 5 – Gilbert Arena, Gilbert Sports Center

8:30 p.m. | “Church Together” Line Dancing

9:00 p.m. | Youth and Young Adult Firepit Gathering – Jack’s Corner

After the dance, Youth + Young Adults are welcome to join us at the fire pit outside of Jack’s Corner for conversation around the fire

Saturday, June 1, 2019

9:00 a.m.  |  Workshops – Soiland Humanities Building

Offering an Adult Day Program in a Congregational Setting – The Basics: Older adult ministries can take many forms – such as an adult day program that keeps frail older adults – from your congregation and the greater community – socially connected and engaged while providing caregivers with needed respite and giving your active seniors an opportunity to serve others. In this session you’ll learn what’s involved in developing and sustaining an adult day program.
Cordula Dick-Muehlke, Ph.D. – Consultant in Aging & Dementia, Cordula Cares

Transgender 101: What does “transgender” mean? How can I best support people who are transgender? Transgender 101 will be a casual conversation about all things relating to “transgender” lead by the 7th LGBTQIA and first transgender intern of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Drew Stever.

Legacy Giving – The Missing Link in Your Stewardship Campaign: Often we focus on outcome when discussing stewardship campaigns. What if there were steps you could take to drive more successful outcome with stronger process? Before asking for a result, join Lisa Higginbotham, Regional Gift Planner from ELCA Foundation, to discuss process that creates a solid foundation for building trust, connecting to your congregation, and funding ministry with legacy giving.

The Church as Corporation: A workshop for congregational treasurers, council members, administrators, secretaries, and anyone responsible for the finances of a church. A short version of Andreas Hirsch’s famous Treasurer’s Workshop.
Andreas Hirsch, Director of Finance 

Budget Chat with the Treasurer
Michael Metzger, Synod Treasurer

10:30 a.m.  |  African-American Lutheran Worship – Samuelson Chapel

Noon  |  Fiesta Lunch – Soiland Gym, Gilbert Sports Center

1:00 p.m. |  Business Session 6 – Gilbert Arena, Gilbert Sports Center

2:30 p.m. |  Adjournment of Assembly/Dorm Checkout


  1. Gail Kerr says

    I would like more information about the assembly. I do not know where the meetings are being held at the university, we have not received any information about the meetings, or a map of the campus. The map on the web site is useless. Where is the information about the candidates for bishop? I am registered but have nothing.

    • Samantha Henderson says

      You should find all the information about the assembly at the assembly page here. The schedule page has been updated with all locations. Information about the Bishop’s Election is available here.

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