Welcome to Synod Assembly!

As we continue to live into the realities of COVID-19, Synod Assembly this year will be hosted virtually on Zoom. This decision was determined by the Synod Council in January. All business, plenary, and worship will take place virtually beginning the morning of Friday, June 4. Assembly will close on Saturday, June 5 around 1 PM CT.

We know that for so many, this may seem like one more meeting sitting in front of a screen, but we are excited to create space and opportunities for us to be connected as a Synod all the while staying safely distanced. The assembly planning committee and synod staff are working with a professional production company to make this a highly interactive and user-friendly event. We have a great line-up of speakers and sessions to make this year’s assembly an enriching experience. BONUS: there will be no need for travel this year!

At this year’s Synod Assembly we are Journeying Together in Christ with our Neighbors in Solidarity. In the Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke’s Gospel we hear the question posed by the lawyer, “and who is my neighbor?” As a participant in God’s mission here in South Dakota, you will learn of who our neighbors are and what we can do to accompany them on the journey.

We are eager to gather with you as we learn to lean into the challenges of the past year, and look forward to the journey God is inviting us into. 

Online Registration for voting members of the Synod Assembly is closed.

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Assembly Help Desk

Zoom Help (Pinnacle Rep)
Email, Call or Text sdelca@pinnacleprodj.com
Call or Text: 605-223-1188

Questions on voting or other non-Zoom items.
*605-782-9657

*Please text if you are able to this number, and a help desk volunteer will respond to your question as soon as possible. If you call and do not get a response, please leave a voice message with your name and phone number.

Timeline

Thursday, June 3 – 8:00 PM CT
Ministry Meet & Greet – Online 
Friday, June 4 & Saturday, June 5
Virtual Synod Assembly
Proposed Agenda

Please find the 2021 Virtual Assembly Orientation Session recorded on May 22, 2021 in the above link. Please note that the session ID for the voting system will not be active through this recording.

View slides from the presentation here.

How do I participate in the virtual event?

The event will be held primarily in a Zoom meeting for voting members. Please make sure you download the latest version of the Zoom app/program to the device you plan to participate from so that you have access to all the possible features. If you are not going as a voting member, but would like to participate and watch the assembly, please know that we will be live-streaming the event.

What each voting member needs:

  1. A device to participate in the Zoom meeting such as a computer/laptop or tablet that has a microphone and webcam available.
  2. Recommended: A second device, like a smartphone or tablet, for ballot voting and access to the Assembly Guidebook. This device must connect to the Internet. You will use this device to cast your ballots for certain votes. Voting may also be accessible in a separate Internet browser window.
  3. Access to your email. Each voting member will receive a session ID to log in to the voting platform.

Voting Registration

Voting Registration has closed. If you have questions regarding your registration status, please contact the assembly registrar, Lois Borchardt, at 605-274-4025, or email lborchardt@sdsynod.org.

Formula

For additional information regarding voting members, please reference Chapter 7 of the Synod Constitution.

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Churchwide Representative

Rev. Amy Reumann

Rev. Amy Reumann is Director of Advocacy for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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Keynote Speaker

Willette Capers

Willette Capers is the Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD.

Elections

At this year’s Synod Assembly, we will be electing three officer positions: Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Nominees and biographical information can be found here.

+S8.21. Vice President
The vice president shall be elected by the Synod Assembly. The vice president shall be a layperson. The vice president shall be a voting member of a congregation of this synod. The vice president shall not receive a salary for the performance of the duties of the office.

+S8.31.Secretary 
The secretary shall be elected by the Synod Assembly. The secretary shall be a voting member of a congregation of this synod. The secretary may be either a layperson or a rostered minister.

+S8.41.Treasurer 
The treasurer may be elected by the Synod Assembly or may be appointed by the Synod Council. The treasurer shall be a voting member of a congregation of this synod. The treasurer may be either a layperson or a rostered minister.

FAQ

I’m not going as a voting member. Can I still watch the assembly?
Yes! Visitors and guests can watch the synod assembly for free through our live-stream broadcast on Facebook and YouTube. A link will also be posted on the synod website. No registration is required for visitors.

I’m not “tech-savvy.” Is this assembly for me?
While technology presents challenges, we are working very hard with a professional production company to make this assembly user-friendly and an enjoyable experience. As long as you can click a link and access e-mail, this assembly should be accessible to you. With that said, this is our first virtual synod assembly so there may be hiccups. To ease the stresses associated with technology, we are hosting three virtual synod assembly orientation sessions in May. Check out the dates at sdsynod.org/assembly.

It’s after the registration deadline. Can I still register late?
NO! We will be having a hard cut-off date of Monday, May 10 at 11:55 PM CT. This allows us ample time to be in communication with voting members and to do the necessary setup in our voting system. You can contact the Assembly Registrar, Lois Borchardt, with questions at 605-274-4025 or email assembly@sdsynod.org.

Speaking of registration. Why is the fee the same as 2019?
While we do not have the same expenses for in-person assembly, we have new costs associated with technology and production assistance that we did not have in 2019.

What should I prepare to have for the virtual synod assembly?
For the best experience, we strongly recommend utilizing two devices. One device for using Zoom (tablet, laptop, or desktop) that has a webcam and microphone and a second device (such as a smartphone or tablet) that you can use to access the assembly Guidebook and voting.

Will this just be a typical Zoom meeting?
We know that for so many, this may seem like one more meeting sitting in front of a screen, but we are excited to create space and opportunities for us to be connected as a Synod all the while staying safely distanced. We have built-in the agenda interactive speakers, music, and breakout sessions to make this year’s assembly enjoyable.

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