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Voting Member Report: 2019 Chicago Metro Synod Assembly Meeting

June 10, 2019

Report From Your Voting Members to the Chicago Metro Synod Assembly, 2019

On June 7 and 8, the Chicago Metro Synod of the ELCA held the annual Synod Assembly for the ELCA's Chicago Metro Synod (of which Saint Stephen is a participating congregation) in Tinley Park.  Voting members from Saint Stephen Lutheran Church were Pastor Rebecca, Dave McAlonan, and Toni Schramm.  The theme of this year’s Assembly was “We are Called” from Isaiah 6:8: 


“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?  And I said, ‘Here am I, Send Me.’”


During the Assembly, we approved the Synod budget, elected members to Synod Council, discussed and voted on resolutions to send to the ELCA Churchwide Assembly regarding a social statement on Faith, Sexism, and Justice: Lutheran Call to Action, as well as a resolution to help equip congregations in Dealing with Depression and Intentional Death (Suicide).  We attended workshops on such topics as immigration,