Watch the Assembly Live
Watch the Assembly Live
2017 South Carolina Synod Assembly
May 21-23, 2017
This year’s Synod Assembly will be held May 21-23 at the Charleston Marriott located at 170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29403. To make hotel reservations call (843) 723-3000 Attendees calling in to reserve a room should ask for the SC Synod Assembly Group Rate. To make a reservation online Book your group rate for SC Synod Assembly 2017 click the button below. YOU MUST RESERVE A ROOM BY APRIL 21 for the group rate. After the 21st you would have to pay the full price of a room.
Theme: You are Salt and Light bringing out the God flavors and God colors in the world!
“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.”
– Matthew 5:13-14
At this Assembly we will share in Bible Study, Worship, Mission Moments, Keynote Presentations, and Faith Practices/Discipleship Experiences. It promises to be a full and exciting Assembly. We look forward to being together with you.
Online Registration is Now Closed. You will need to register on-site.
If you need assistance with online registration, please give Julie a call at 803-509-8323, or email her firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2017 South Carolina Synod Assembly will be using the ELCA Organizations and Events App. The app is a free download available now. Below are some video tutorials for use of the app. If you have questions about the app, please email email@example.com.
If you aren’t able to attend and would like to follow along, be sure to visit the Assembly page on our website. We will have live video streams throughout the business sessions. Be sure to download the app for the documents and schedule. Also, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. We will be posting to our Facebook page and using the hashtag #SCSynod on Twitter and Instagram.
If you are joining us in Charleston, we offer prayers of safe travel to you. See you Sunday.
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Assembly Keynote Speaker: The Rev. Dwight Dubois
The Rev. Dwight DuBois is the author of The Scattering: Imagining a Church that Connects Faith and Life. He is a parish pastor (serving St. Matthew’s Charleston from 1986–98), congregational renewal professional, and instructor at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. In recent years he has worked extensively on making the connection between faith and life, in congregations, with college students, and at the seminary level.
ELCA Representative and Bible Conversation Leader: The Rev. Rubén F Durán
The Rev. Rubén Durán serves as Director for New Congregations in the Domestic Mission unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is responsible for promoting the development of Synodical mission strategies, local initiatives and emerging models for the multiplication of new communities of faith in the USA and the Caribbean. He currently oversees 384 new mission congregations reaching people in multiple contexts throughout the country.
Rubén is a native of Lima, Peru, South America. He served parishes in the Seattle, Washington and Los Angeles, California areas prior to becoming Associate to the Bishop and Mission Director for the Metropolitan Chicago Synod. He has also served as Associate Director for Latino Outreach, and Executive for Congregational Outreach Services in the ELCA churchwide offices prior to his current position.
Rubén is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California; Trinity Lutheran College in Seattle, Washington; and, the Escuela Nacional de Turismo in Lima, Peru.
Rubén and his spouse, The Rev. Jean M. Duran, have three daughters: Rebeca (32), Sara (28) and Anna (24).
Assembly Chaplain: The Rev. Jason Lee
Rev. Jason M. Lee has served as pastor of St. Philip Lutheran Church in Myrtle Beach, SC since February of 2014. Prior to St. Philip, he served over six years as Associate Pastor at Atonement Lutheran Church in Wyomissing, PA. Growing up as a member of St. David, West Columbia, Jason participated in many ministries of the SC Synod, attending many LCY events in middle and high school and serving on Lutheridge’s summer staff. He is a graduate of Newberry College and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He currently serves on the Planting and Sustaining Network of the Synod.
Jason and his wife, Dana, have been married for 11 years. They have two children, Jonah (5) and Anna (3). He enjoys walks on the beach with his family, is left handed, and brews delicious beer.
Chief Musician: Deacon Katie Holland
Katie Holland is a rostered Deacon in the ELCA and Minister of Music at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer where she has served musically since 2010, directing the adult, children’s, and handbell choirs. She completed her formal church music education at Lenoir-Rhyne University and Yale Divinity School and has been a resident of Charleston for nearly nine years. She lives with her husband, Andy, son, Lane, cat, Kitty, and betta fish, Gamma.
Necrologist: The Rev. Karen Hawkins
Pastor Karen Hawkins currently serves as interim pastor at All Saints in Mt. Pleasant. She prieviously served as an interim at St. Johannes, Charleston, and Ebenezer, Columbia. She served almost fifteen years at Christ the King, Columbia.
Mission Moment Musician: The Rev. Tom Cassem
Rev. Tom Cassem spent 16 years in sales and sales management, including managing music stores and selling Steinway pianos and Thomas electronic organs, Pastor Tom came to Columbia, South Carolina and entered LTSS seminary. He graduated in 1991 and has since served congregations in Spartanburg, Mauldin, John’s Island, and James Island. He has done volunteer hospital chaplaincy, served as a Lutheran Homes of South Carolina nursing home Chaplain, and helped start the Lutheran Hospice of the Upstate. He also served as Contemporary Worship Service Music Minister for Grace Lutheran in Hendersonville, NC and has served South Carolina Via de Cristo as both Spiritual Director and Musician many times over the last 26 years. Pastor Tom is an avid R/C (Radio Control) aircraft pilot and kayaker. He and his wife, Eve, reside on John’s Island.
Just as a tree needs to have roots to extend its branches, the South Carolina Synod Restructure and Implementation Team has worked faithfully to provide a new structure for our many ministries together.
The roots of this structure include three Mission Tables:
The Deepening Discipleship Table
The Community Engagement Table Contact
The Communication and Technology Table
Each Table has a Convener who will appoint annually leaders of the various Networks and Task Forces.
A Table is a gathering of disciples that will discern vision and missional priorities, and oversee the budgeting process.
A Network is a gathering of disciples who will connect people and resource ideas for mission through congregations.
A Task Force is a gathering of disciples who focus more on hands on ministry opportunities, turning ideas into actions that bless the lives of others.
The latest South Carolina Synod Organizational Chart, which was approved at the 2014 South Carolina Synod Assembly.
2017 Eligible Voting Members per Congregation
If your congregation is not listed on this report, we are missing your Annual Congregational Report.
This report will be updated once a week.