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Synod Staff Transitions and Updates

Staff transitions and updates to the South Dakota Synod office staff.

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Native American Day Message

A message on this Native American Day from Rev. Jonathan Steiner and Vicar Jonathan Old Horse.

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Expanding Access to Healthcare in South Dakota

At the 2021 Synod Assembly, a resolution was passed which tasked Bishop Hagmaier with sending a letter to Governor Noem and our state legislators urging them to pass legislation expanding Medicaid in South Dakota.

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Boundaries Workshops

These informative workshops will provide an overview of misconduct prevention, addresses particular concerns regarding social networking, and helps us talk through ministry with sex offenders. The Boundaries Workshop encourages leaders to be healthy and to lead others by modeling healthy relationships and work habits.

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First Call Retreat

This retreat is for first call rostered ministers, who are expected to attend three First Call Theological Education events, even if you past your first three years of your call.

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Weaving Retreat

Our day-to-day language has many references to fabric such as “the fabric of life,” or “our social fabric,” or “being woven together.” Bishop Constanze would like you to explore firsthand what that feels like by weaving God’s Word, our life experiences, and a hands-on project together to get a better understanding of God, ourselves, and the world around us.

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Mailing Address

South Dakota Synod, ELCA

2001 S Summit Ave

Sioux Falls, SD 57197


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Office: 605-274-4011




2125 S Summit Avenue

Sioux Falls, SD 57197

Summer Hours

Monday – Thursday

8am–12pm & 1pm–5pm



COVID-19 Restrictions: Masks Required for Unvaccinated Individuals. Please call ahead to meet with staff.

Land Acknowledgment

South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America recognizes that the Oceti Sakowin, (the Seven Council Fires of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota) the Arikara, and the Cheyenne, are the original inhabitants of South Dakota; and South Dakota is the current home of the Cheyenne River Tribe, Crow Creek Tribe, Flandreau Santee Tribe, Lower Brule Tribe, Oglala Tribe, Rosebud Tribe, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Standing Rock Tribe.

We recognize that we are called to be in good relationship with our neighbors, that the tribes are sovereign nations, that there is a history of broken treaties and broken trust, and that there is lots of work to be done.  But we also recognize that as Christians, we have faith in new life, in hope for mending what is broken, and in our calling through the Holy Spirit to do this work.