July 6, 2020
Dear Partners in Ministry,
As many of you know the City of Madison and Dane County Health Department issued a public health order last week which, among other things, limits meetings and mass gatherings to 10 or fewer people. The Synod Council gave the authority to the Executive Committee to determine how to proceed with the 2020 Synod Assembly as circumstances change following the June Council Meeting.
The Executive Committee met this morning and determined that the best way to protect the health and safety of the Assembly participants and assure that a legitimate Bishop Election can be held would be to hold a fully remote video conference, one in which each voting member is connected individually to the proceedings. In order to provide sufficient time to plan for this new format, the Assembly will be moved to the alternative date, August 29th.
We know that there have been many changes to the plans for the 2020 Assembly to accommodate the impacts of Covid-19 and we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. However, we believe that by changing the format to a full online format we will be able to proceed without additional interruption.
The Bishop Election Task Force will meet to work out the details which will be communicated to you as further planning is put in place.
We want to thank you for your support and cooperation during these very unusual circumstances. Please know how much your assistance has been appreciated.
Bishop Peter Rogness
Jane Cahill Wolfgram, Synod Vice-President
Registration is for Voting Members Only: https://bit.ly/NewSCSWAssembly2020
Visitors are invited to view the live stream. More information on that is forthcoming.
Please continue to register if you haven’t already and pay online or mail your check into the synod office by August 14. We will need your email address in order to send you updates and helpful information on participating in the videoconference.
We will also publish an alternative drop off process for the Global Health Ministry Kit in-gathering.
Please watch What Matters each week for further updates.
Reports from the public witness work groups, ministry partners, and agencies and institutions affiliated with the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are contained in the Bulletin of Reports.
These reports outline the array of work we undertake together in the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin and as part of the whole church as we carry out global ministries, seek to become more inclusive and loving to all, develop resources and equip leaders, advocate for justice and the common good, care for God’s creation, serve the needs of the poor and marginalized, and find new, collaborative, effective ways to work together as the body of Christ in the world.
Those submitting reports include (click on the name to view):
2020 Special Synod Assembly
Saturday, August 29, 2020
To Be Held Digitally
The full “Assembly Book” is now available for download via the link below. Additional reports, the synod constitution, and proposed 2021 compensation guidelines documents are available towards the bottom of this page.