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A New Synod Name?

The name “Central/Southern Illinois Synod” tends to mis-remembered and garner some confusion about where our synod is. In an effort to be clearer about our location, the synod council is exploring a new synod name. Submissions were received at the Synod Assembly in June, and the synod council is continuing to receive name suggestions until January 10, 2020. If the council decides to pursue a name change, the Synod Assembly would need to vote on the change at two assemblies, and then it would need to be approved at the Churchwide Assembly in 2022.

A new synod name should say something about where we are located to others across the ELCA. Ideally, it would be easy to say, easy to spell, easy to remember, visual, appropriate for our context, and generate positive emotion.

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Pastoral Letter following Churchwide Assembly

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

     Our 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly ended this past Saturday. There is much to report from the Assembly. Look forward to this in our synod newsletter coming out next week or go to the ELCA website now.   

     National news outlets have drawn attention to two aspects of this Assembly that I am aware of. One is a prayer walk to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in downtown Milwaukee. The prayer walk was organized by the ELCA’s effort called Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO). “AMMPARO is a holistic, whole church commitment by the ELCA, as a church in the world, to accompany children today and in the future.” (ELCA website). We prayed for


Bishop’s Sabbatical Report to Synod Council