Southwest California Synod Assembly
& Election of the Bishop
June 4 - 5, 2021
Report to the Synod
The 33rd Assembly of the Southwest California Synod took place Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5 and was held virtually, with live and recorded input from across the synod territory. Voting members from almost every synod congregation participated using Zoom and the LUMI voting platform, with audio-visual support from Big Dog Sound.

Interim Bishop Murray Finck presided over the assembly and the Rev. Nikki Fielder was chair of the Assembly Planning Committee. The Rev. Phil Hirsch, Executive Director of Christian Community and Leadership of the ELCA, presided over the Bishop's Election, and three teams of translators translated the proceedings into Spanish, ASL, and Mandarin. Many thanks to the SWCA Synod Council and Vice-President Randall Foster; the Nomination, Bishop's Election, Reference and Counsel, and Planning Committees; the Assembly Worship Team; the synod executive and support staff; and a team of translators, volunteers and Help Desk workers for making a virtual assembly possible.

You can view the livestream of the 2021 Assembly, along with ministry and partner videos played during the assembly, at the SWCA Synod Youtube channel. The June 6 Assembly Worship Service is available here.
Synod Assembly Offering
It is our usual practice to lift up and support a synod ministry or partner with the offering taken during Assembly Worship. This year's offering can be made at the link below or mailed to the synod with "Assembly Offering" on the memo line. The 2021 Assembly Offering will be divided between the Translation Fund called for in the Resolution on Translation and Interpretation of Synodical Governance, and the LRCC funding called for in Resolution on Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences, both of which were affirmed by the voting members.
2021 Elections
Bishop-Elect Brenda Bos

The Rev. Brenda Bos was elected to serve a six-year term as Bishop of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America on June 5, 2021.

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Three Resolutions Passed at the 2021 Synod Assembly

During the first day of the 2021 SWCA Synod, voting members passed three resolutions that had been submitted previously to the Reference and Counsel Committee and presented to the body of the Assembly. The Resolution on Translation and...

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Council and Committee Members Elected at 2021 Assembly

As there was no synod assembly or council elections in 2020, two-thirds of the synod council positions needed to be filled this year. Our thanks to those council members willing to extend their term and service one year in order to meet the needs ...

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Bulletin of Reports
2021 Synod Assembly Bulletin of Reports/Voting Members...

What Does It Mean to be a Voting Member? | ¿Qué significa ser miembro con derecho a voto?

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