So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. (Romans 12:5)
The Minneapolis Area Synod gathers annually to conduct business in the Synod Assembly, which is the synod’s highest legislative authority. More than 600 participants attend the Synod Assembly each year, including representatives from each congregation and all active rostered leaders. The gathering is filled with worship, inspiration, presentations, and necessary business.
Real Presence: In our neighborhoods, with our neighbors
May 5-6, 2017, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Ramsey
In Holy Communion, a simple gathering becomes the body of Christ – sent to be Christ’s living presence with their neighbors.
In the neighborhood, God is already ahead of us. When we go into our surrounding communities, we find Jesus already present there – in, with, and under the lives of those we encounter.
We find Real Presence, we live Real Presence in our neighborhoods and with our neighbors.
2017 Synod Assembly Business and Reports
- Resolution on Solidarity with Muslims RC2017-01 — Passed
- A resolution to amend the Minneapolis Area Synod Constitution RC2017-02 — Passed
- Resolutions Budget 2017 proposed 2018 RC2017-03 and RC2017-04 — Passed
- Updated Constitution
- Guidelines for Resolutions
- Policies and Procedures
- Proposed Rules of Procedure
- Nominee Biographies
- Rev. Joseph Crippen, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis (re-elected)
- Rev. Valerie Brown-Greenly, Peace Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids (re-elected)
- Rev. Doug Mork, Crown of Glory Lutheran Church, Brooklyn Center (re-elected)
- Mr. Nicholas Menth, Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, Ramsey (youth)
- Rev. Brenda Froisland, Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
- Ms. Emma Kasiga, MN Swahili Christian Congregation, Minneapolis
- Rev. Randy Romsdahl, St. James Lutheran Church, Crystal
- Rev. Mark Vinge, House of Hope Lutheran Church, New Hope
- Rev. Jason Wahlstrom, Holy Nativity Lutheran Church, New Hope
- Rev. Amy Chalupnik, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Ramsey
- Rev. Susan Engholm, Trinity Lutheran Church, Watertown
Augsburg Corporation Governing Board
- Ms. Christine Anderson, First Lutheran Church, Columbia Heights (re-elected)
- Rev. Matthew Bersagel, Crown of Glory Lutheran Church, Chaska (re-elected)
- Ms. Rebecca Bithow, St. James Lutheran Church, Crystal
- Rev. Jane Buckley-Farlee, Trinity Lutheran Congregation, Minneapolis (re-elected)
- Ms. Patricia Cina, Trinity Lutheran Church, Monticell0 (re-elected)
- Rev. Kjell Ferris, Peace Lutheran Church, Plymouth (re-elected)
- Rev. Diane Goulson, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Henderson
- Ms. Joyce Peterson, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Minneapolis (re-elected)
- Synod Assembly Details (emailed to registrants on April 25)
- Bishop Eaton Welcome Letter (English)
- Bishop Eaton Welcome Letter (Spanish)
- Bishop Svennungsen Welcome Letter
- Proposed Order of Business / Agenda
- Who’s Up Front
- Robert’s Rules Quick Guide
- Lord of Life map
- Exhibitors and Displayers List
- “Going Green” at the Synod Assembly
Featured Speakers Were:
Rev. Dr. David Lose,
Rev. Ruben Duran,
ELCA Churchwide Representative
Rev. Barbara Lundblad,
David is the author of Preaching at the Crossroads: How the World — and Our Preaching — Is Changing (2013), Making Sense of the Cross (2011), Making Sense of the Christian Faith (2010), Making Sense of Scripture (2009), and Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World (2003). In addition, he offers reflections on his blog “…in the Meantime” and on the radio program “Day1.”
Prior to his faculty appointment at Luther Seminary, Lose held pastorates at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Summit, New Jersey (1993-96); Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Audubon, New Jersey (1997-98); and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Princeton Junction, New Jersey (1998-2000). He speaks widely in the United States and abroad on preaching, Christian faith in a postmodern world, and biblical interpretation.
David will be installed as senior pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, on June 4, 2017.
Ruben is a native of Lima, Peru, South America. He was introduced to the Lutheran Church through the work of missionaries. He received a BA in Business Administration from the Escuela Nacional de Turismo, and worked as a Travel Agent prior to coming to the Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle. Ruben is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California.
He served parishes in the Seattle and Los Angeles areas prior to becoming Associate to the Bishop and Mission Director for the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA. He has also served as Associate Director for Latino Outreach in the former Division for Congregational Ministries and Executive for Congregational Outreach Services in the former Division for Outreach.
In 2007, she served as president of the Academy of Homiletics. Her teaching interests include preaching in partnership with the congregation, preaching and social transformation, new forms of preaching, and preaching as an integral part of worship.
Barbara is the author of two books Transforming the Stone: Preaching through Resistance to Change and Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in Present Tense. This latter book is based on the Beecher Lectures which she gave at Yale Divinity School. In addition she has published articles in journals such as Currents in Theology and Mission, Word and World, Journal of Preaching, and The Living Pulpit.
For more than 20 years, she has been one of the preachers on the radio program “Day 1” (formerly “The Protestant Hour”). She has preached in hundreds of congregations across the United States and has given lectures at many seminaries in this country and Canada, as well as a Lutheran World Federation conference in Buenos Aires. She is currently a member at Grace University Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
Bruce A. Henry,
Bruce and his band, The Bruce Henry Band, provided music for worship, and performed a musical selection titled “My American Blues.”
Bruce A. Henry
Bruce A. Henry is a vocalist, performer and educator extraordinaire. Henry’s eclectic vocal style has been influenced by legends such as John Coltrane, Leon Thomas, Gil Scott Heron, Al Jarreau, Nina Simone and Marvin Gaye.
Bruce possesses a three-octave range, a pure voice with versatility few can match. Bruce’s music has taken him to five continents and he has recorded for Disney, HBO and numerous national ad campaigns. In addition he has performed with and opened for the likes of Doc Severinson, Roberta Flack, Chris Botti, Ramsey Lewis, Stephane Grapelli, Jimmy Jam and The Sounds of Blackness.
Bruce is the Music Leader at Messiah Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.