We Are Called

2014 Synod Assembly

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The 2014 Synod Assembly was held on May 2-3, 2014 at the Mayo Civic Center on Rochester, MN.



GLOCAL –  a word to describe the work of this church in local communities and throughout the globe.  The 2014 Synod Assembly will take up the food insecurity initiative of the synod while participating in a GLOCAL event co-sponsored with ELCA Churchwide Global Mission.    Speakers, musicians and workshop leaders will bring voting members into conversation and learning, inviting the community of this church into action on behalf of the hungry.


You may register online using a credit card ($150) or check($175) or register by mail ($175)with a check. In many cases your congregation support staff will complete the registration process for you. Registrations should be postmarked by Monday, April 14 or completed online by Thursday, April 17. Onsite registration ($225) is available at a higher cost. To register on-line, click here. For a PDF version of the form, click here.

Saturday Morning Workshops

Food Insecurity in your neighborhood: The Facts of Food Insecurity in Southeastern Minnesota

  • Hunger isn’t only an international issue. Our neighbors have a hard time putting food on the table. Jennifer Woodford, Executive Director Channel One Food Bank, will explain the extent of the problem in our own local communities.

Advocating for the hungry: Local and international possibilities

  • Tammy Walhof of the Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in Minnesota will talk about statewide advocacy efforts to impact legislation pertaining to food insecurity.

Music & Mission

  • What we do in worship reflects the gospel’s call to work for justice, extend hospitality and participate in God’s mission locally and globally. Music transcends all differences and helps us engage in experiences of accompaniment. This workshop will provide knowledge and concrete methods for participants to return to their congregations, accompanying them as they connect worship with mission.

Gleaning Programs: When waste becomes food once again

  • Nutritious food is wasted on a daily basis in southeastern Minnesota.  Karen Doering and Vince McCoy of Channel One Food Bank will discuss the ways that partnerships can be formed to get food from farm fields to those who need it.   Renee Schaefer of Community Food Response in Rochester will share her experience with taking excess food from restaurants and making it available to families.

Global Hunger Responses

  • Dan Lee and Becca Tumm of Lutheran World Relief will discuss how providing food throughout the world makes an impact in people’s lives.

Food Insecurity among immigrants

  • South Sudanese community leaders will talk about the experiences of immigrants as they seek to feed not only the family at their kitchen table, but also the struggling families in their homeland.

Radical Hospitality

  • The 99 Collective is a young adult led movement of the Church that seeks to practice and struggle for radical hospitality for all people.(see www.the99collective.com)

Hope, Healing and Food

  • Joyce Mtinda, Palliative Care Program Director for the Central Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, brings hope, healing and often times the only food that many of her over 500 patients in remote rural villages in the Central Diocese receive.

Pre-Assembly Report

Pre-Assembly Report (PDF): Finalized as of 4/24/14

*UPDATE (as of 4.30.14): Resolution 2014-01 (This resolution belongs in section 4, page 1. The corrected version updated line 18 to read 2015 instead of 2014.) 

Section 1 (PDF):  Introduction, assembly information, agenda, rules and procedures

Section 2 (PDF): Reports

Section 3 (PDF): Nominations

Section 4 (PDF): Resolutions

Section 5 (PDF): Financial Reports

Section 6(PDF): Thanks & Acknowledgements

Social Media Team: A brief introduction to our social media ambassadors for Synod Assembly 2014; follow them on Twitter and Instagram

The Pre-Assembly Report is the document that allows voters to prepare for the assembly. It contains everything from maps and instructions to the agenda to reports from around the synod to resolutions and nominations. The Pre-Assembly Report will be posted by section as available. The entire report will available online as they are available. Contents include a preliminary agenda, reports, proposed budget, audited financial statements, nominations, and resolutions.

These materials are to be reviewed with other voting members and rostered staff from the congregation prior to the assembly. This information should be brought to the assembly for easy reference. Each congregation is responsible for ensuring its voting members have access to the report. If you do not have internet access, please contact your pastor or congregation’s office.


A block of rooms has been set aside at the Doubletree Hotel. Call 507-281-8000 and ask for the Southeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA block of rooms. April 17, 2014 is the deadline for booking a room at the Doubletree to get the special price of $119 plus tax. A list of other hotels is available at www.rochestercvb.org/stay


A continental breakfast Friday and Saturday, lunch Friday and Saturday, and a dinner on Friday are included in the registration fee.


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