2022 Southeastern Synod Assembly

June 3-5, 2022

Chattanooga Convention Center


Synod Assembly MATERIALS

The Southeastern Synod will gather for Assembly back in Chattanooga at the Chattanooga Convention Center, June 3-5, 2022. We will be welcoming Bishop Leila Ortiz, Bishop of the Metropolitan Washington DC Synod, our keynoter and Deacon John Weit, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop and Executive for Worship of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, as our Churchwide Representative, Bishop Felix Malpica of the LaCrosse Area Synod (our companion synod), as well as Bishop Rob Wright of the Atlanta Diocese of the Episcopal Church, as our revival guest preacher.

Abbreviated Assembly Agenda

The 2022 Southeastern Synod Assembly theme is UNMUTE YOURSELF.

For 2022, the Assembly will be held on IN PERSON.  We will NOT be accepting on-site registrations.

This year’s Assembly will include: 

  • Worship
  • Keynote by  Bishop Leila Ortiz, Metropolitan Washington, DC Synod
  • Revival Preacher: Bishop Rob Wright, Atlanta Diocese, The Episcopal Church
  • Churchwide Representative Deacon John Weit, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop and Executive for Worship of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Elections for: 
    • Synod Vice President
    • At-Large and Young Adult Synod Council members
  • Adoption of the Ministry Spending Plan
  • Parliamentarian: The Rev. Dr. Warren Casiday
  • Global Mission Guest: Mr. Diego Gill from ILAG

We have a lot of work to do together as the Church and we are excited that even though we are unable to be physically together we can gather as the Beloved Community in this unique way.

Assembly Offering

Designated of Assembly Offerings Proposed: Resolved that the offering at the 2022 Assembly be give as follows: To be given to Novus Way Ministry (Friday), Gordy Fund for Leaders Scholarship and Skillrud Fund for Leaders Scholarship (Saturday), and Southeastern Synod Disaster Ministry Responses (Sunday).

Assembly on Pentecost Weekend!

Come Holy Spirit come! This year Synod Assembly will be held on June 3-5, 2022 at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, TN and Sunday is the celebration of Pentecost. Years ago, the Synod Assembly voted to approve a resolution mandating that Assembly not be held on Memorial Day Weekend. That has meant that every 7 years or so, our traditional weekend for Assembly falls on Pentecost weekend. This year is one of those years. Due to the pandemic, we have not been able to have an in-person Assembly for two years. We had two years remaining on the contract with the Chattanooga Convention Center and so we were contractually bound to these dates.  Synod Assembly needs to be held prior to the Churchwide Assembly in August and this year when we officially announced the dates for the Assembly the National Youth Gathering was scheduled for this summer (it has since been cancelled), and the Southeastern Synod Affirm Camp was also scheduled (this is still happening) and due to the nature of that camp there were no other options than to hold Assembly on Pentecost weekend. 

We will celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit during the Saturday afternoon worship with a Revival and Pentecost Eve service. We will celebrate Pentecost in worship on Sunday morning in worship and we pray throughout the Assembly for the Holy Spirit to guide our work as the body of Christ gathered in Assembly. Come Holy Spirit, come.

For the safety of all attending the Synod Council has adopted the following COVID Guidelines:

  1. All voting members and visitors will be asked to provide proof of vaccination at registration.
  2. Those who are not vaccinated are asked to take a rapid COVID test no more than 24 hours prior to arrival at Assembly. If the test result is positive, for your safety and the safety of others please do not travel to the Assembly. Please bring your proof of a negative test result with you to show at registration.
  3. If, at registration, individuals are unable to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test, they will be asked to receive a rapid test before they can be registered. Proof of a negative test will need to be presented to register.
  4. If a person tests positive for COVID before or during the event or if they begin to exhibit COVID symptoms, even if vaccinated, we ask that the individual isolate in their hotel room until they depart or until they receive a negative COVID test. Please note that the Southeastern Synod is unable to give registration refunds based on COVID symptoms or a positive COVID Test. If a voting member test positive prior to the beginning of the Assembly, we will allow a substitute voting member to attend up to 48 hours prior to the Assembly.
  5. All voting members, visitors or those physically in the Chattanooga Convention Center for any of the agenda of the Assembly, workshops, worship or fellowship gatherings are required to be masked, in appropriate facemasks, with the masks covering both the nose and mouth. If attending an event with food, participants are asked to only remove masks while eating or drinking and being mindful of social distancing.
  6. Speakers on the dais, worship leaders and musicians are not required to wear masks while they are speaking or singing. Adequate space will be given between them and the gathered assembly to provide for safety. Speakers at microphones in the plenary sessions will be asked to remain masked. Presenters in workshops also will be masked.

The Southeastern Synod COVID Team, Synod Council and Synod Staff will continue to monitor the pandemic and change protocols and update these guidelines as needed.

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Special notes for registration:

  • In 2022, Synod Assembly registration is set up as "GROUP" registration.  One registration will be used to register all voting members and guests from a congregation.

Costs are as follows:

  • Early Bird registration (through March 31, 2022) for voting members (Rostered/Lay) with a credit card is $205, or $200 if paying via check; for visitors with a credit card is $125 or $120 if paying via check. Checks need to be postmarked by April 2, 2022 to avoid being charged the next higher registration rate.
  • Standard registration (through May 10, 2022) for voting members (Rostered/Lay) with a credit card is $220, or $215 with a check; for visitors with a credit card is $140, or $135 with a check. Checks need to be postmarked by May 11, 2022 to avoid being charged a $25 fee per participant.

Rostered Ministers NOT attending will need to provide a written excuse to Bishop Strickland (bishop@elca-ses.org).

Chattanooga Downtown Marriott

Two Carter St

Chattanooga, TN 37402

(423) 756-0002

(Google Maps LINK here)

Hotel reservations at the Chattanooga Downtown Marriott must be made separate and can be done through the following link:


Rate is $159/per night

Chattanooga is a great town in which to visit

While we have worship and plenaries and receptions planned for our 2022 Synod Assembly, you may wish to enjoy the fun things the city of Chattanooga has to offer outside of our scheduled activities.  

Check out VisitChattanooga.com!

At the 2022 Synod Assembly, we will hold several elections.  Click the links below for more information:

  • Elections for: Synod Vice President, At-Large Synod Council, Young Adult Synod Council
  • Click the links below to learn about the nominees:
    • Synod Vice President
    • At-Large Synod Council and Young Adult Synod Council

Nominations for Synod Council

Give Now

Each day of Synod Assembly, we have a different giving focus:

  • NovusWay Ministry (Friday)
  • Gordy Fund for Leaders Scholarship & Skillrud Fund for Leaders Scholarship (Saturday)
  • Southeastern Synod Disaster Ministry Response Ministry (Sunday)

Each day the funds will be directed as above.  The Assembly page will show which fund is being supported each day.   Prior to the Synod Assembly, and for 1-2 weeks after the Synod Assembly, all three funds will remain open donations.

Keynote - Bishop Leila Ortiz

The Rev. Leila M. Ortiz is a pastor and theologian in The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and serves as the Bishop of The Metropolitan Washington D.C. Synod since September of 2019. She works alongside pastors, councils, and church members as they discern their call in the church for the sake of the world. Leila joined the synod staff in 2016 as Assistant to the Bishop.

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Revival Preacher - Bishop Rob Wright

The Right Rev. Robert Christopher Wright was elected June 2, 2012, by lay delegates and priests of the Diocese of Atlanta to become the 10th bishop in the diocese’s 105-year history. He was ordained and consecrated a bishop on Saturday, Oct. 13, in a special worship service at Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College. He is the first African American to become an Episcopal bishop in Georgia.

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ELCA Churchwide Representative - Deacon John Weit

Deacon John Weit, serves as the Assistant to the Presiding Bishop and Executive for Worship of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In this role, John oversees the work of the worship team within the Office of the Presiding Bishop and provides leadership on the bishop's behalf in churchwide matters related to worship. Prior to his call to the churchwide organization, John served as musician for congregations in Pennsylvania and most recently as cantor to Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester, Mass. 

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Companion Synod - La Crosse Area Synod - Bishop Felix Malpica

Felix J. Malpica is a graduate of Luther College and Luther Seminary, receiving his M.Div. in 2013 and being ordained in 2014. He worked several summers at Sugar Creek Bible Camp as counselor and Day Camp leader, and also served as a director of youth ministries prior to and during seminary. His previous call was at Faith Lutheran Church in Janesville, Wis. where he served from 2017 - 2021. In addition to being their pastor, he oversaw the daycare center, a senior housing unit and their endowment foundation. He has a strong history in global music and as a worship and music leader.

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Information forthcoming...

Resolutions and Memorial Deadlines: Friday, May 13, 2022 by 5:00 pm

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If you have any questions or concerns regarding the submission of either a resolution or memorial, please contact Pastor Jill Henning at jhenning@elca-ses.org .

On Saturday, June 4, our worship service will have a Revival feel, with a focus to help us UNMUTE OURSELVES and share the Gospel with those in the community.   Bp. Wright will be preaching for this service and inspire us to share the Good News of God in Christ Jesus.

We will also have a Gospel choir to help us share the Good News.  Rehearsal dates are:

  • Saturday, April 23, 10am ET - St. Mark, 4137 Washington Road, East Point, GA
  • Saturday, May 7, 10am ET - St. Mark, East Point, GA
  • Saturday, May 21, 10am ET - St. Mark, East Point, GA
  • Saturday, June 4, 1pm ET - Chattanooga Convention Center, Chattanooga, TN
  • Click here to contact Pr. Mardy Ringer (mardyringer@gmail.com) or call 404-840-3892

Information forthcoming...

Synod Assembly ARCHIVES can be found HERE.