At the 2023 Synod Assembly in Orlando (June 8-10), voting members will elect a bishop. Voting members will also elect people to serve on the Synod Council and the Consultation Committee. Additional information will be provided by the Synod Council relating to the election of the bishop as we move closer to the period leading up to the assembly.
Nominations for bishop are not accepted in advance of the assembly. During the first plenary meeting of the assembly, ecclesiastical ballots for the election of a bishop are cast by each assembly voting member present. These nominations are tallied to create the second ballot.
We strongly encourage nominations for Council and committee positions to be submitted prior to the Synod Assembly so they may be included in the Nomination Packet for Voting Members. This will also facilitate a smoother and more efficient voting process for the open positions.
Memorials & Resolutions
From the ELCA.org website: “Memorials and resolutions enable this church to address broad policy issues or issues important to God’s mission in the world. Memorials address broad policy issues; resolutions have a narrower focus, requesting consideration or action by individual offices or units, or the Church Council. (A resolution can be the preferred method when an issue requires a timely response.)
The churchwide organization and synods of the ELCA use a process to bring forth memorials and resolutions. Memorials and resolutions are one way this church addresses broad policy issues or important issues for God’s mission in the world.”
All Memorials and Resolutions must be summited by May 1, 2023 in order to be reviewed and prepared to be brought the assembly floor.