rostered leaders convocation
2021 SOUTH CAROLINA ROSTERED LEADERS CONVOCATION
Together (Again) with Jesus
Monday-Wednesday, September 27-29, 2021 at Lutheridge
(beginning 2:00 p.m. on Monday and ending late morning on Wednesday)
Convocation is one of the only times in the calendar year when our rostered leaders have the opportunity to gather with one another for worship, fellowship and learning. Your presence at convocation is a blessing to others and you are truly missed when you are not there. Please make it a priority to participate in the mutual upbuilding of our South Carolina Synod Ministerium so that, together, we can all be renewed by the Holy Spirit for the ministries to which we are called. If you can’t be present for the entire event, come for part of it. Just let us know when you will come and when you need to leave. If you are having a challenge affording the cost of registration, let us know and we will do everything possible to assist you.
Dear colleagues and friends,
We are sad to share with you that in consultation with Bishop Ginny Aebischer, we have decided to cancel the South Carolina Synod (ELCA) Leaders Convocation scheduled for September 27-29, at which Diana Butler Bass was scheduled to speak.
As you know, COVID-19 cases are on the rise all across the nation and our state. South Carolina is heading toward a peak of new cases that will soon rival or exceed our previous highest peak in January. In the coastal counties (where Christi and I live) cases are already surpassing those peaks.
We have considered going forward by requiring vaccination, masks, and distancing, but today we decided that bringing leaders from all over the state to mix together, even with precautions, is simply not wise. We certainly do not want to risk spreading COVID-19 from one leader to another and perhaps worse, from one congregation and community to another.
We know that many of you were looking forward to this event, even while being a bit wary. Christi and I, as well as Bishop Ginny, were certainly excited to be able to spend time together. Not being able to spend time with one another is definitely growing wearisome.
We encourage you to continue nurturing your relationships with one another as colleagues and friends in careful ways. Pray for one another, telephone one another, gather in small groups with precautions. You can even Zoom with one another, if you still have any patience for Zoom left!
(I for one, have found a favorite table on the back patio of a Mexican restaurant on Lady’s Island. There is always shade and usually a breeze. If you are going to pass through Beaufort, give me a shout. Shannon)
Peace. Be well. Seek justice.
Shannon & Christi, Co-chairs
South Carolina Synod Convocation Planning Team
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