The Southeastern Synod will gather for Assembly back in Chattanooga at the Chattanooga Convention Center, June 2-4, 2023. We will be welcoming Rev. Guy Erwin, President of United Lutheran Seminary and our keynoter; Rev. Kimberly Vaughn, Sr. Director of Christian Community & Leadership Mission of the ELCA as our Churchwide Representative; Bishop Felix Malpica of the LaCrosse Area Synod (our companion synod).
The 2023 Southeastern Synod Assembly theme is JOURNEY WITH JESUS - FORMED IN FAITH.
For 2023, the Assembly will be held on IN PERSON. We will NOT be accepting on-site registrations.
This year’s Assembly will include:
"How do we get our young people into the church?” You may have wondered about this question, but have you ever thought about how understanding brain development could help answer it? Join us for the Saturday morning breakfast when our speaker Dr. Dawn Rundman will guide us through an exploration of Brain Development, Faith Formation, and Worship. Dawn will help us understand how worship contains many elements that can help young brains form neural pathways. She will also encourage us to think about ways that worship experiences can help strengthen these pathways to help shape faith formation in children.
Costs are as follows:
Rostered Ministers NOT attending will need to provide a written excuse to Bishop Strickland (email@example.com).
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 2023 Synod Assembly, we will hold several elections. Click the button below to enter a nomination:
Each day of Synod Assembly, we have a different giving focus:
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 for donations.
The Rev. R. Guy Erwin, Ph.D., was appointed President of United Lutheran Seminary and Ministerium of Pennsylvania Chair and Professor of Reformation Studies in August 2020.
He was the fourth Bishop of Southwest California Synod of the ELCA from 2013 to 2020. Dr. Erwin was the ELCA’s first gay, partnered bishop and the first openly gay male to serve in that office in the churches of the Lutheran World Federation. As an enrolled member of the Osage Nation, on whose reservation he was born in Oklahoma, he is the first Native bishop in the ELCA. In the ELCA Conference of Bishops, he served on the Executive Committee and as Region 2 liaison bishop to the ELCA Church Council, and as chair of the bishops’ Theological and Ethical Concerns Committee.Visit United Lutheran Seminary
Sr. Director, Christian Community & Leadership Mission (CCLM) in the ELCA. In her role as Senior Director of CCLM, Rev. Vaughn leads the team that has primary responsibility for: children’s ministry, youth ministry, the ELCA Youth Gathering, young adult ministry, Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM), Lutheran Campus Ministry Network (LuMin), deaf ministry, disability ministry, Mission Builders and Total Inclusion. This dynamic and diverse team embodies the ELCA’s goal to engage new, young and diverse people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.visit ELCA website
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.visit la crosse area synod
“How do we get our young people into the church?” You may have wondered about this question, but have you ever thought about how an understanding of brain development could help to answer it? Join us for the Saturday morning breakfast when our speaker Dr. Dawn Rundman will guide us through an exploration of Brain Development, Faith Formation, and Worship. Dawn will help us understand how worship contains many elements that can help young brains form neural pathways. She will also encourage us to think about ways that worship experiences can help strengthen these pathways to help shape faith formation in children.Register for Formation Breakfast