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Synod Assembly

Globe_words  2016 Synod Assembly
and Day of Learning

“Welcome the Stranger”

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles
5985 W. Century Blvd.

Thursday, June 2
Day of Learning

Friday, June 3 – Saturday, June 4
Workshops and Business Sessions

Save the dates for this year’s Synod Assembly, which will be a beautiful time of Worship, Community, Learning Opportunities and Business. This is one of the only times within the year that our synod congregations come together as one church in one location, so we are making the most out of this opportunity. We are pleased to welcome our keynote speaker, Carlos E. Peña, vice president of the ELCA.

The theme for this year’s assembly is “Welcoming the Stranger.” Lutherans have a long history in this country of settling refugees, such as those fleeing from dangerous situations like the war in Syria or from human rights violations in Central and South America. As part of the main body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Southwest California Synod supports a generous policy of welcome for refugees and immigrants as well as advocating for just immigration policies.

We are again offering a set of workshops, many of which feature our “Welcoming the Stranger” theme. Scheduled workshops include How to be a Guardian Angel: Advocating for Migrant Children, Welcoming the Stranger by Becoming a Dementia Friendly Congregation, and Called Forward Together in Christ: Listening to Church, Neighborhood, and God for Mission. Workshops will be held at the conference hotel, and you do not have to be registered for the Synod Assembly to attend.

As an assembly service project, congregations are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food to benefit the ministries of: Pueblo de Dios, Fe y Esperanza, New City Parish, and My Friends House.

Registration information coming soon!