The 2018 Pacifica Synod Assembly will meet at Hope Lutheran in Palm Desert for a two-day assembly May 18-19, 2018. Our theme for the Assembly is "Go and Tell: Giving Voice to Faith, Justice and Blessing".

Below you will find updated information about the assembly including registration, hotel accommodations, assembly schedule, etc. As new details become available, they will be updated on our 2018 Assembly page on our Synod website.
Registration Information
Your congregation's early bird registration invoice was mailed to the attention of your Congregation Treasurer in January.  You have until February 28, 2017 to take advantage of the discounted congregational registration fee.  The invoice also contains the number of voting members your congregation is assigned, along with a cover letter with further information. If you have any questions about your invoice, please contact Terri Robertson 714.692.2791, ext. 732 or by email at

Fee reductions for smaller congregations may be requested. To do so, please contact Rachel Line at by February 28.

Please keep in mind that payment of this invoice  does not register individuals from your congregation . Online  registration for voting members and guests will open on March 1. Registration instructions to walk you through the process and the link to register will be sent by email on February 27.

Hotel Accommodations Near Hope Lutheran
This year, since our assembly is not being held at a hotel, we are not locked in to meeting a minimum number of reserved rooms at ANY hotel. Assembly attendees are encouraged to stay where it works best for them and investigate the wide variety of options there are for accommodations in the Palm Desert area.  

That said, there are a few hotels in the area who are working with us to offer group rates for those attending our Synod Assembly. Each is listed below, along with their rates, group codes, contact information and deadline to obtain the rate.  Please note that the deadlines vary.  All five of the hotels listed below offer free breakfast, free parking and free internet access.

Embassy Suites, Palm Desert
74700 CA 111, Palm Desert
King - $129 to $149/Double - $139 to $159
Deadline for Group Rate: 4/24/18
Group Code: None
Phone: 760.340.6600
Click HERE to reserve a room online

Holiday Inn Express, Palm Desert
74675 CA 111, Palm Desert
King/Double - $109
Deadline for Group Rate: 5/2/18
Group Code: PSA
Phone: 760.340.4303
No link to reserve a room online

Best Western Plus, Palm Desert
74695 CA 111, Palm Desert
King/Double - $109
Deadline for Group Rate: 5/2/18
Group Code: None
Phone: 760.340.4441
Click HERE to reserve a room online

Homewood Suites, La Quinta
45-200 Washington Street, La Quinta
King - $89/Double - $99
Deadline for Group Rate: 5/2/18
Group Code: PSE
Phone: 760.391.4600
Click HERE to reserve a room online*
*You must click "Add Special Rate Codes" and type PSE to access rates

Hilton Garden Inn, Rancho Mirage
71700 CA 111, Rancho Mirage
King/Double - $89
Deadline for Group Rate: 4/20/18
Group Code: PSEL18
Phone: 760.776.9700
Click HERE to reserve a room online

Synod Assembly Election Nominations Requested
The Nominating Committee for the 2018 Pacifica Synod Assembly needs your help in surfacing names of persons able to serve our synod in an elected capacity. 

If you would like to nominate someone, please provide the nominee's name, address, email and phone number to the Rev. Karen Marohn as soon as possible by email at The committee will make contact with the nominee to determine a willingness to serve. To meet the inclusivity requirement of our Synod Constitution (S6.04), we will accept nominees to fill the following positions as shown below. We are seeking two nominees for each position. Designations male/female are made in an effort to provide 50/50 balance.

Three-year terms:
  • Raincross Conference Clergy (Female)
  • East San Diego Conference Lay (Female)
  • West San Diego Conference Clergy (Male)
  • Son & Surf Conference Clergy (Male)
  • Lay at Large (Male)
  • Clergy at Large (Male)
  • Clergy at Large (Female)
  • Youth (up to age 18) Lay (Male)
  • Young Adult (age 19-30) Lay (Female)
  • Ethnic, First Language other than English, Lay
  • Orange County/Whittier Lay (Male)
  • Inland Empire Lay (Male)
  • San Diego Clergy (Female)
  • Hukilau Clergy (Female)
Three year term:
  • Two positions (Male or Female; Clergy or Lay)
12 positions, each for a term of 2-6 years, to be decided by committee at first meeting:
  • Six positions Lay (Male or female)
  • Six positions Clergy (Male or female)
12 positions, each for a term of 2-6 years, to be decided by committee at first meeting:
  • Six positions Lay (Male or female)
  • Six positions Clergy (Male or female)
Major Events Schedule 
The schedule for the major events of this year's assembly is currently as follows below. Please know that these times are subject to change, as planning for the assembly continues.

Friday, May 18
7:00 a.m.     Registration Opens
9:00 a.m.     Opening of the Assembly/Session One
10:30 a.m.   Session Two
12:00 p.m.   Lunch & Conference Breakouts
1:00 p.m.     Session Three
3:00 p.m.     Large Group Workshop
4:00 p.m.     Dinner on Your Own
7:00 p.m.     Worship

Saturday, May 19
8:00 a.m.     Session Four
10:20 a.m.   Session Five
12:00 p.m.   Close of the Assembly

Special Guests
2018 Synod Assembly ELCA Churchwide Representative
Mr. William "Bill" Horne, ELCA Vice President
Mr. William "Bill" Horne II was elected to serve a six-year term as ELCA Vice President at the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans. Bill Horne grew up as a member of the National Baptist religious tradition and became a Lutheran while serving in the United States Air Force in 1982. Bill has served as congregational president in two ELCA congregations in Florida and is currently a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Clearwater, Florida. He served as a member of the Florida-Bahamas Synod Council and later as Synod Vice President.

Bill served on the ELCA Church Council, 2009-2015 and was a member of the ELCA Theological Education Advisory Council, 2013-2015. He is currently serving as a member of the ELCA Inter-Religious Task Force and of the Lutheran Services Florida Board of Directors.

His post military retirement career has been in public management. He was appointed by the Clearwater City Council to serve as the Chief Administrative Officer (City Manager) of the city with responsibility for all departments except the City Attorney's Office. He is directly responsible for 1,746 employees and accountable for the annual operating and capital budget of $441 million dollars. Bill was selected as Interim City Manager in 2000 and later appointed to the position of City Manager in 2001.

Bill served as a Colonel in the United States Air Force. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of Tulsa, a Masters in Human Resource Management from Pepperdine University, and a Masters in Political Science from Auburn University in Montgomery.
Providing Assembly Hospitality
As is our tradition, we invite congregation members to bake and bring donations
of cookies for our hospitality room at the assembly. These baked goods sustain our voting members and guests throughout our time together. This is a great way to involve those who can't be with us at the assembly. Your cookie donations may be sent with your voting members and dropped off at the hotel when they arrive. Thank you for your faithful baking!
Youth & Young Adult Voting Members
 As many of you may remember, at the 2011 Pacifica Synod Assembly, a resolution entitled "Reform Now" was adopted. This resolution encouraged the participation of youth and young adults in all aspects of ELCA, synod, and congregational leadership roles, including those of synod assembly voting members. Following this assembly, the Pacifica Synod Council approved the addition of one voting member for each congregation who brought a youth (Confirmed through age 17) or young adult (ages 18-30) as a voting member to the synod assembly. Our 2017 Synod Assembly is once again offering one additional voting member position for a youth or young adult representing their congregation in the hope that we will exceed the 10% goal of youth/young adult representation as voting members of our synod assembly.

Congregations are encouraged to seek out youth or young adults who may be willing to serve as voting members and include them in congregational registration and hotel accommodation planning. If you have any questions about youth involvement or housing at Synod Assembly, please contact Terri Robertson at 951.205.1391 or by email at

Hawaii Equalization Subsidy
Voting members from our Hawaii congregations are entitled to receive a Hawaii Equalization Subsidy towards their airfare and ground transportation to/from the assembly, up to a maximum amount of $450. To apply for reimbursement, the congregation's registration fee must be paid, voting members registered online (after March 1) and this Hawaii Equalization Form completed and returned to Terri Robertson in the synod office along with all receipts. These may be sent by mail to the address below or by email to

Photo by Nils Nedel on Unsplash