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April 2017: Synod Assembly: What is it?

Click here for the PDF format (As an alternative, you are invited to copy and paste the text below directly into your bulletin, newsletter, or social media platform.) 2017 Synod Assembly: What is it?  By Rev. Emily Carson carson@semnsynod.org The people of … Continue reading

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Synod Assembly Promotional Materials

800 x 800 png of Assembly Logo (link) 1024 x 1009 jpg of Assembly Logo Image Only (link) 8.5 x 11 General Promotional Poster pdf (link) Learning Event Promotional materials (link)

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2017 Printable Registrations

Printable registration forms:  General registration for voters and visitors (PDF) Registration for those who are only attending the Saturday afternoon Learning Event (PDF) (registration is required)

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March 2017: What is the Faith Formation Network?

Click here for the PDF format (As an alternative, you are invited to copy and paste the text below directly into your bulletin, newsletter, or social media platform.) The Faith Formation Network: What is it? By Rev. Emily Carson carson@semnsynod.org One of … Continue reading

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From Bishop Delzer

January 31, 2017 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, With regard to how we as the people of God relate to immigrants and refugees, Scripture is very clear: The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the … Continue reading

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Guidance for Worship Coverage on May 7, 2017

This year the Southeastern Minnesota Synod Assembly will take place on Saturday, May 6-Sunday, May 7. All active rostered leaders will be in attendance at that event which means congregations will need to arrange for worship leadership on Sunday, May … Continue reading

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February 2017: What is Candidacy?

Click here for the PDF format (As an alternative, you are invited to copy and paste the text below directly into your bulletin, newsletter, or social media platform.) Candidacy: What is it? By Rev. Emily Carson carson@semnsynod.org We all have unique gifts … Continue reading

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Dean of Retireds

DEAN OF RETIRED ROSTERED LEADERS Proposed Job Description  Purpose: The dean of retired rostered leaders shall support collegiality and communication among the retired rostered leaders of the SEMN Synod, and shall support communication between the retired rostered leaders and the … Continue reading

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Christmas 2016

“We Tell the Story Once Again” A Reflection Based on Luke 2:1-20 Once again we tell this amazing story, this story about God entering into our world, into our lives, into our hearts. It is a story with which we … Continue reading

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January 2017: Introducing the 2017 Series

Click here for the PDF format (As an alternative, you are invited to copy and paste the text below directly into your bulletin, newsletter, or social media platform.) Introducing the 2017  “What is?” Series By Rev. Emily Carson carson@semnsynod.org This year the … Continue reading

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December 2016: Post-Election Guidance

Click here for the PDF format (as an alternative, please copy and paste the text & image below directly into your bulletin, newsletter, or social media platform) A Transcript of the Video Message of Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the … Continue reading

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November 2016: Recognizing Racism and Privilege

Click here for the PDF format (as an alternative, please copy and paste the text & image below directly into your bulletin, newsletter, or social media platform) Recognizing Racism and Privilege By Bishop Steven Delzer This may be one of the … Continue reading

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October 2016: Campus Ministry Sunday

Click here for the PDF format (as an alternative, please copy and paste the text & image below directly into your bulletin, newsletter, or social media platform) The Southeastern Minnesota Synod includes two campus ministries and one student congregation. The campus … Continue reading

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September 2016: Life and the Labyrinth by Kathy Chatelaine

Click here for the PDF format (as an alternative, please copy and paste the text & image below directly into your bulletin, newsletter, or social media platform) Life and the Labyrinth By Kathy Chatelaine, Director for Global Mission/Companion Synods Have you ever walked … Continue reading

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Strong Center – Open Door: October 14-15

Click here for more information and online registration (coming soon).  In this 10th anniversary year of the publication of Evangelical Lutheran Worship you are invited to attend an event focusing on Lutheran worship in our current context. Pastors, musicians, lay leaders, and worship … Continue reading

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August 2016: Witnessing Christ Among Us by Rev. Pete Reuss

A PDF of this document (as an alternative, please copy and paste the text & image below directly into your bulletin, newsletter, or social media platform) Witnessing Christ Among us By Rev. Pete Reuss, Director for Evangelical Mission & Assistant to … Continue reading

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Letter from Bishop Delzer Regarding Orlando Shooting

June 13, 2016 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, I spent yesterday morning and early afternoon participating in the celebration of the 125th Anniversary of Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel. The worship service and the dinner and program that followed … Continue reading

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July 2016: Our Culture of Call

A PDF of this document OUR CULTURE OF CALL By Rev. Paul Baglyos, Region 3 Coordinator for Ministry Leadership Lutheran Christians understand God’s call to public ministry leadership in the church to involve two essential dimensions: internal and external. The … Continue reading

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June 2016: 2016 Synod Assembly Summary

PDF of this document 2016 Synod Assembly Summary By Rev. Emily Carson The 2016 Southeastern Minnesota Synod Assembly took place on May 6-7 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. Voting members from congregations across the synod came together for … Continue reading

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May 2016: Important Statistics by Rev. Susan Miller

Click here for a PDF of this month’s issue. Important Statistics By Rev. Susan Miller Recently, Kenneth Inskeep, the Executive for Research and Evaluation for the ELCA, shared some startling statistics: Since 2009, the number of ELCA clergy available for … Continue reading

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Reconciling in Christ Synod

At the 2009 Synod Assembly, we voted to become a Reconciling in Christ synod. We seek to be a synod where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) rostered leaders and community members feel welcome, included, and celebrated. To learn more about what … Continue reading

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Walking Together Side by Side

This booklet was created in 2013. It is a wonderful overview of the ministry of Global Mission/Companion Synods in Southeastern Minnesota and beyond! Booklet PDF (link)

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Strategic Planning

Here are a few of the documents associated with the Global Mission/Companion Synods Table and their strategic plan. General Notes Implementation Plan (Excel spreadsheet)

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Understanding the New Remittance Form

This article can also be found in the Winter 2016 issue of River Crossings.   

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They Like It

This article also appears in the Winter 2016 issue of River Crossings. 

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