From the 2021 SWCA Synod Planning Committee
To the People of the Southwest California Synod of the ELCA,
This year, we will gather as the Southwest California Synod as never before—completely virtually. It will be different. You won’t greet fellow synod leaders in the hall or during the breaks. You will be responsible for your own coffee and snacks. And you’ll have to stretch your legs as you walk around your own office or living room. But no matter the format, we will gather—in mind, body and spirit, through the wonders of the internet “for such a time as this.”
Much of our business will be the same important work: receiving annual reports, adopting a budget, electing folks to serve in numerous positions throughout the synod, etc. We pray that you will be encouraged and inspired by the work we’ve been doing together as the people of God in this place and that you will be enriched and energized by the time shared together. (And it’s our goal that this isn’t just another Zoom that you have to navigate and endure.)
Our foremost piece of business will be to elect the next Bishop of the Southwest California Synod. We are already in the process of collecting pre-nominations through March 26. Please visit the synod website for the appropriate form to submit a pre-nomination. However, our first ballot will be an ecclesiastical one that allows for a nomination by a registered voting member for any ordained clergy in good standing in the ELCA. We continue to pray that this process would bring forth leaders who are gifted and called “for such a time as this.”
We are grateful for this opportunity to gather together—to worship our Great God, celebrate the ministry we share, and dream together about the work God calls us to in the future.
Please note: the deadline for registration is Friday, May 7. In order to conduct the business of the church, particularly related to voting in this new medium, this deadline is firm. Please register early as soon as possible!
The Rev. Nikki Fielder, Synod Assembly Chair
The deadline for Voting Members to register is Friday, May 7.
Registration is open for VOTING MEMBERS of the 2021 SWCA Synod Assembly. Each voting member must use their own email address to register. This is necessary for the credentialing of voting members. It is the responsibility of congregations and congregational offices to make sure that their voting members receive technological support during the assembly, if needed.
Voting members serve on behalf of all the people of the Southwest California Synod. To be a voting member is to be entrusted by your congregation to make decisions for the well-being of our synod and the whole church. Information will be made available as soon as possible about participating in this virtual event and about LUMI, the voting platform that will be utilized at the 2021 SWCA Synod Assembly.
Voting members of the Synod Assembly consist of:
-All ELCA Rostered Ministers under call in our synod (pastors and deacons)
-Lay congregation members who have been elected by their congregation (congregations should make every effort to include both male and female lay members) as designated in your congregation's invoice
-Each congregation is entitled and encouraged to register an additional confirmed Youth (under 18) or Young Adult (18 – 30) voting member as part of their congregational representation – PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR THE 2021 ASSEMBLY THERE WILL BE NO ADDITIONAL FEE FOR THE REGISTRATION OF AN ADDITIONAL YOUTH OR YOUNG ADULT VOTING MEMBER
-Synod Council members and Synod Officers
-Ecumenical partners serving as a called pastor to a SWCA Synod congregation
All voting members must have:
1) an email address that is not shared by any other voting member for assembly and voting platform access during the assembly;
2) access to an internet-connected device (desktop computer, laptop computer, tablet or mobile) that is not shared by any other voting member for assembly and voting platform access during the assembly; and
3) access to an adequate internet/wifi connection during the course of the assembly.
The Congregational Registration fee for one called Rostered Minister and two lay voting members for the 2021 Synod Assembly is $395.
If a congregation paid the early bird registration fee for the 2020 Assembly, a refund for the difference will be issued. The congregation also has the option of donating the difference to assist underfunded congregations with assembly costs. If your congregation has not prepaid the registration fee, an invoice will be issued for the amount due.
-Additional Rostered Minister Under Call (clergy or deacon) – $50
-Additional Lay Voting Member (congregations are informed if the size of their membership entitles them to an additional lay voting member or members) – $50
-Additional confirmed Youth or Young Adult Voting Member: each congregation is entitled and encouraged to register an additional Youth (under 18) or Young Adult (18 – 30) voting member as part of their congregation's representation – NO ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION FEE
-Rostered Minister under Synodical or Special Call - $50
-Synod Council Member - NO FEE