2020 Synod Assembly

"We are One"

“…so that they may be one, as we are one…”  --John 17:11

The 2020 Nebraska Synod Assembly will be Thursday, May 28 (Pre-Assembly Day)- Saturday, May 30 at the Younes Center in Kearney.

Please note there is one registration for Assembly, one for the Partners in Ministry Banquet, and one for Childrens programming. All registrations are available at the links below. Registration deadlines are as follows:

Early bird for Assembly closes March 9.
Regular rate for Assembly ends April 13 (there will be a price increase after this date).
All registrations close May 11.

For hotel rates, see the chart below. Contact Information for hotels is as follows: Comfort Inn 308-236-3400; LaQuinta Inn & Suites 308-237-4400; Fairfield Inn & Suites 308-236-4200; Hampton Inn 308-234-3400; Holiday Inn 308-237-5971.

Check back for final schedule.

Tentative Agenda

Thursday, May 28, 2020 (Pre-Assembly Day)

10:00am – 4:00pm      Synod Council

1:00pm-4:00pm.          Workshops

·     1:00pm – 4:00pm      Planning, Celebrating, and Doing- Stewardship for the Year Ahead

Presented and Facilitated by Deacon Timothy Siburg & the Nebraska Synod Stewardship Table

In this workshop, participants will receive a brief overview of the big picture of stewardship from a Lutheran lens, and then will be provided with a look ahead at the year to come. Dates with readings and stories that are particularly powerful for stewardship themes will be shared, especially in the sense of stewardship being more than just about money in planning for the year ahead. Discussion will also be provided about creating a budget and what leads up to that in congregations, as a way of communicating the congregation’s mission and priorities in numbers.

The workshop will then break up into smaller groups based on congregational size and/or context to share ideas of what has worked (and hasn’t) in one’s context for stewardship. A member of the Stewardship Table will help lead these small groups. From these conversations, each small group will then work together to create a specific outline or plan for their stewardship approach for the year ahead, with the goal being that at the end of the workshop, each attendee or congregational group attending will leave with some pieces in place to map and implement stewardship strategies for the year ahead. This planning process will encompass themes of celebration and giving thanks, telling the story of what the congregation is doing, and inviting the whole community to participate. 

·     1:00pm – 4:00pm        Preparing and conducting Crucial Conversations in congregations

Congregations have a new toolkit for addressing issues of justice and advocacy. Micah 6:8 offers a training that will give practical ways to plan for and have “crucial conversations” using the resources developed by the team.  The 2019 Listening Posts highlighted congregations’ need to find ways to talk courageously and productively together about how to be church in the world and in their communities. Come to learn about the process, practice how to prepare, and set goals for your community to implement crucial conversations. 

3:00pm – 7:30pm      Registration
5:00pm  –  8:00pm      Reception and Partners in Ministry Banquet

       5:00pm  Reception (Cash Bar)

       5:30pm  Partners in Ministry Banquet 


Friday, May 29, 2020

7:30am – 8:30am         Registration
8:30am – 9:45am         Opening Worship with Dakota Road Duo
9:45am                        Welcome and Announcements

Assembly Business Session I (10:00am – 11:30am)

·     10:00am - Formal Opening of Assembly

·     10:10am - Report of Committee on Registration & Attendance

·     10:15am - Synod Council Resolution 1 - Assembly Agenda

·     10:20am - Synod Council Resolution 2 - Assembly Rules of Procedure

·     10:25am - Action on En Bloc Items

                Receipt of the Reports of the Vice President and the Synod Council 

                Synod Council Resolution 3 - Authorization for Specified Agencies and Causes to Present Their
                Needs to the Congregations of the Nebraska Synod and for Special Offerings

                Synod Council Resolution 4 - Authorization for Synod-Authorized Worship         Communities

                Synod Council Resolution 5 - Proposed Compensation Guidelines

                Synod Council Resolution 6 - Acceptance of Audit Report

                Synod Council Resolution 7 – Revisions to NE Synod Bylaws                              

·     10:40am – Instructions and Distribute Elections Ballots

·     11:00am - Report of the Treasurer by Dan Friedlund

·     11:10am - Introduction of Synod Council Resolution 8 - Proposed 2021 Budget by Pr.  Bob Hayden and Dan Friedlund                                                                                         

11:30am – 1:00pm – Willing Witness Luncheon / General Luncheon 

Assembly Festival Session I (1:00pm – 3:30pm)

·     1:00pm – Plenary #1 – Rev. Dr. Wes Granberg-Michaelson 

·     1:50pm-  Small Group Discussions

·     2:15pm – Break (Snacks available)

·     2:30-3:30pm Workshops 

Assembly Business Session II (3:45-5:00pm)

·     3:45pm – Results of Elections and Distribute 2ndBallot, if necessary

·     4:15pm – ELCA Churchwide Report by Prairie Rose Seminole                                        

·     4:55pm - NC Synod Video about Women & Ministry

Assembly Festival Session II (5:00-6:00pm)

·     5:00pm - 5:50pm Plenary #2- Rev. Jessica Crist, Bishop, Montana Synod

      6:00pm – 7:00pm        Dinner                                                                                                         

Assembly Festival Session III (7:00-9:15pm)

·     7:00pm – 8:15pm        Keynote Address- Bishop Brian Maas- Bishop’s Annual Report   

·      8:15pm – 9:30pm        Brews and Hymns (Cash Bar) with Dakota Road Duo                   


Saturday, May 30, 2020

Assembly Festival Session IV (8:15am – 11:00am)

·     8:15am – 9:15am Workshops                                                                      

·     9:30am - We Are Church for the Sake of the World Report                                                

·     9:45am - Plenary #3- Rev. Dr. Wes Granberg-Michaelson

·     10:35am - Small Group Discussions

Assembly Business Session III (11:00am – 12:00pm)

·     11:00am - Synod Council Resolution 8 - Proposed 2021 Budget                                       

·     11:20am – Election Results of 2ndBallot, if necessary                                                       

·     11:35am - Report of the Committee on Minutes                                                                 

11:45am – 12:45pm    General Luncheon                                                                                        

Assembly Business Session IV (12:45pm – 1:30pm)

12:45pm – Consideration of and Potential Action on Regular Order Resolutions                          

1:05pm – Consideration of and Potential Action on Late Resolutions                                                                        

Assembly Festival Session V (1:30pm – 3:15pm)

1:30pm -  Q&A Wrap-up time with Rev. Dr. Wes Granberg-Michaelson (with prepared                    

                 questions to begin the discussion)

2:00pm – Closing Worship with Dakota Road Duo

3:15pm – Assembly Ends

Congregational Voting Member Chart

Hotel Information

Guest Speakers and Musicians

Rev. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson served as General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America for 17 years, from 1994-2011.  Earlier he was Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield and Director of Church and Society for the World Council of Churches. He’s the author of seven books, most recently Future Faith: Ten Challenges Re-shaping Christianity in the 21stCentury. His speaking and ecumenical work takes him to all corners of the globe.  Presently he serves as Chair of the Board for Sojourners, and his forthcoming book is Without Oars: Casting Off into a Life of Pilgrimage. He is married to Rev. Karin Granberg-Michaelson (who actually attended one year at St. Olaf), we have two adult children, and we make our home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where we sing together in our church choir.

Jessica Crist is  the retired bishop of the Montana Synod of the ELCA, having served in that capacity for 12 years.  She lives in Great Falls, Montana, with her husband Turner Graybill, a retired attorney.  They are parents to two adult children.  Rhiannon Graybill is Associate Professor of Religion and head of Gender Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis.  Raphael Graybill is Chief Legal Counsel to the Governor of Montana and candidate for Attorney General.  

Since retiring, she has re-acquainted herself with her sewing machine and made a dozen skirts for women in the Fort Peck Tribal Correctional Facility to wear for ceremonial dancing.  She continues to work with the ELCA on implementing the 2016 Churchwide Assembly action on the Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery.  And she chairs the ELCA's 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women.

While many retired people enjoy travelling, she is grateful for the opportunity not to travel so much.  The exception is weekly visits to granddaughter Genevieve in nearby Helena.

Prairie Rose Seminole, Program Director, American Indian Alaska Native Ministries, ELCA  is an enrolled tribal member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of ND, descendent of the Sahnish/Arikara, Northern Cheyenne and Lakota Nations and of German Russian heritage. Seminole serves on the Midwest advisory council to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, advising on labor, nonprofits and tribal government. In 2013 Seminole was named Arikara Woman of the year, by the Sahnish Community of White Shield North Dakota. In 2014 the Bush Foundation recognized Seminole as a Native Nations Rebuilder, a program that recognizes individuals who have a passion for learning about innovative tribal governance practices, and how they can take these ideas and approaches to their own Native nations to make a positive difference. In 2015 the ND Center for Business and Technology recognized Seminole as one of 2015 Leading Ladies. Currently Seminole is the Program Director for the American Indian, Alaska Native Ministries. Serving over thirty American Indian Alaska Native ministries and 65 synods within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 

Dakota Road has become known nationally for their stirring original music and playful performance style. They craft powerful stories of life and faith woven in colorful musical styles ranging from acoustic ballads to rocking anthems. Their songs of faith and love, hurts and hopes are shaped by a passion for justice and a vision for the church, the neighborhood and the whole world to be peace-filled welcoming places. Their songs touch people of all ages and walks of life.  Individually and as a band Dakota Road has released over 20 recordings with many of their songs being sung all across the U.S. & beyond.  The band members are Hans Peterson, Larry Olson, Karol Baer, Christel Brosi, Scott Jibben and Al Berven.

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