Sanctuary Church Body – What does this mean?

In a key action last week, the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly voted to approve a memorial that declares the ELCA a sanctuary church. The ELCA is the first North American denomination to declare itself a sanctuary church body. As a sanctuary church the ELCA is committed to serving and supporting migrant children and families in communities across the country. What does this mean for you and your congregation?

Dr. Andrew Root to speak at annual Fall Theological Conference

PIERRE, SD — Andrew Root, PhD will be the guest theologian at the annual Fall Theological Conference September 22-24 in Pierre, SD. Dr. Root, a professor of Youth and Family at Luther Seminary, will present on “Faith in a Secular Age”.

SAVE THE DATE: Bishop Installation Service of the Rev. Constanze Hagmaier

By the Power of the Holy Spirit, The Reverend Constanze Hagmaier Has been called to serve as the fourth Bishop of the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Please mark your calendars to attend a celebratory installation service with Holy Communion to be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 1:30 PM [...]

The Rev. Constanze Hagmaier elected bishop of the ELCA South Dakota Synod

SIOUX FALLS, SD (June 1, 2019) – The Rev. Constanze Hagmaier was elected June 1 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly, held May 31 and June 1 in Sioux Falls, SD

Update from the Bishop Election Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Due to technical problems with the electronic voting system, the Bishop Election Committee decided to repeat the third and fourth ballot using paper ballots. The purpose is to ensure the integrity of the vote for Office of Bishop. The Bishop Election Committee appreciates your patience in this process.

Seven candidates identified for the next Lutheran Bishop in South Dakota

Over 500 voting members of the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America were gathered today at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD to pray, discern and elect a new bishop for the South Dakota Synod. Seven candidates have been identified as nominees from a result of the second ballot for the office of bishop.

Results of the Second Ballot

Results of the Second Ballot. There was no election on the second ballot. The Top 7 candidates will move onto the Third Ballot. Speeches by the Top 7 candidates will happen tomorrow morning in the Third Plenary Session. Biographical Information of the Top 7 Tesch, Bill 128 Hagmaier, Constanze 83 Binstock, Heidi 71 Opoien, Tom […]

Results of the First Ballot

The following names were placed on the first ballot for Bishop Election. There was no election, so this ballot becomes a nominating ballot. Please click here to download to see the first ballot results. Nominees had until 2:00 PM to withdraw their name. A second ballot will be cast later this afternoon at 2:40 PM.

Lutherans to elect a new bishop this weekend in South Dakota

Over 500 voting members of the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will gather this weekend at the synod assembly on Friday and Saturday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD to pray, discern and elect a new bishop for the South Dakota Synod.

Bishop Election Devotional for May 29, 2019

Our final devotions for the Bishop Election series written by Rev. Jackie Braun.