Welcome

“Come, Holy Spirit!” is our prayer and the theme for the 2018 Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod Assembly and Bishop Election, May 4 and 5.

The highlight of the Assembly will be the election of a bishop to serve for a six year term, starting Aug. 1, 2018. Bishop Claire S. Burkat is not seeking re-election to a third term, and any ordained minister in good standing on the roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America is eligible to be nominated.

News

Reference and Counsel Posts 1 resolution

One resolution/memorial was received by the April 4 deadline and is referred to the Assembly. It was posted two weeks prior to the opening of the Assembly, per the Synod constitution. Memorial on 50th Anniversary of Women’s Ordination (posted April 19, 2018)

App

The 2018 Assembly will be using the ELCA Organizations and Events app to distribute documents and resources for voting members and visitors. The app is a free download and is available now.

You can also view a web version of the app:


The app is made possible by the sponsorship of the Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA. mif.elca.org.

Questions? Email rfisher@sepa.org

Bishop Election

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod will be electing a new bishop at the 2018 Assembly.

After 12 years of service, the Rev. Claire S. Burkat has decided not to stand for re-election to a third term.

The Assembly is held at Franconia Mennonite Church, 613 Harleysville Pike, Telford, PA 18969 ( map ).

WE ARE NOW APPROACHING THE THIRD AND FINAL PHASE OF THE ELECTION PROCESS — NOMINATIONS AND ELECTION AT THE SYNOD ASSEMBLY MAY 4-5 

Preparing for the Election of a Bishop

This year’s election process adds some new steps, designed to help the whole synod to prayerfully discern the gifts and talents needed for leadership in our present context and pre-identify some individuals who might possess those gifts. Those individuals, however, are not nominated for the office of bishop.

The actual balloting sequence at the Assembly is unchanged. Any ordained clergy person in the ELCA may have their name entered during the first ecclesiastical or nominating ballot. Those who allow their names to go forward will proceed through the election process outlined in the Synod Constitution (S9.04). When a candidate exceeds the required number of votes, she or he will be elected our next bishop. The 2017 Assembly approved this three-stage process for this election.

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