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.
Early-bird registration extended to March 31!
$120 per registrant prior to March 31, 2017
$135 per registrant after March 31, 2017
$50 one-day visitor
$90 two-day visitor
$60 youth and retired rostered ministers
Fees include Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, and refreshments throughout the assembly.
Rev. Dr. David Lose,
Rev. Ruben Duran,
ELCA Churchwide Representative
Rev. Barbara Lundblad,
Bible Study Leader
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, will provide music for worship, and will perform 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.
Friday, May 5, 2017 9:00 am – 11:30 am
“Blessed by Jesus in our Neighbors”
Guest speaker, Rev. Ruben Duran, Director for New Starts, ELCA
Often, when congregations begin to imagine engaging their neighborhood, they start by focusing on problems and meeting needs. But what might happen if we focus energy instead on uncovering gifts and assets? You become blessed by Jesus through your neighbors! Rev. Ruben Duran will give inspiration for meeting our neighbors and discovering the “nerve centers” of your community.
We’ll hear stories from folks nearby and afterward, we’ll roll up our sleeves and design some experiments to bring back home.
The pre-assembly workshop will be held at Advent Lutheran Church in Anoka. The workshop will end by 11:30 am so you will have time to buy/eat lunch before you need to arrive at the Synod Assembly.
Registration available when you register for the Synod Assembly.
Helpful documents for 2017 Synod Assembly
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some other tips for “being green” at the assembly.
If a congregation would like to bring more than one youth, they have two options:
1. They can bring him/her/them as a replacement for one of their allotted voting member and pay $120.
2. They can bring him/her/them as a visitor and pay $50 for one day or $90 for both days. When choosing this option, the youth would not be able to vote, but would be included in all other areas of the assembly.
Contact Jeni Huff if you have more questions.
Check back often!
More details will be added regularly and registration will open in January 2017.