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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.


This year we will again be doing our own registration. This means that you do NOT use the Novusway-Lutheridge online registration system that was used in previous years. To register please use the Google form found at this link:

A paper registration form will be available on the Synod website on the convocation page, but we prefer that you use the online form if at all possible.

There are two options for registration… full registration which includes lodging, meals, and programming or commuter registration, which includes meals and programming.

There are two ways to pay – by mailing a check to the Synod Office (1003 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201) with “Convocation” on the memo line OR by using a credit card online at the Synod website. Please follow the instructions in the registration form carefully.

Note: the early registration discount ends on August 27. Online payments made after August 27 or mailed payments postmarked after August 27 are subject to the higher registration fee.

COVID-19 related:
We highly recommend that all participants be vaccinated. Because we expect attendance to be returning to normal, as in the past most participants will be assigned to double rooms. Please have needed vaccination conversations with the person you are requesting as a roommate before registration.

Register Now

Please be good stewards and register as soon as possible before the price increase. 

Pay Online

The early registration discount ends on August 27. Online payments made after August 27 or mailed payments postmarked August 28 or after are subject to the higher registration fee. Your registration is NOT complete until payment is received. If you are having a challenge affording the cost of registration, let us know and we will do everything possible to assist you. Please contact Pastor Shannon or Pastor Christi at the emails below.

Please direct questions to Pastor Shannon Mullen or Pastor Christi Pursey at or

Featured Leader: Dr. Diana Butler Bass

Diana Butler Bass (Ph.D. Duke University) is an award-winning author and internationally known public speaker and thought leader on issues of spirituality, religion, culture, and politics.

She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, CBS, and FOX, has been interviewed on numerous radio programs, including shows on NPR, CBC, and Sirius XM, and has work featured in numerous print and online newspapers and magazines, including Time, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times. From 1995-2000, she wrote a weekly column for the New York Times Syndicate. She was a founding blogger for both Beliefnet and Huffington Post religion. Her bylines include the Washington Post and She has preached and taught in hundreds of church, college, and conference venues in North America and beyond.

Diana is the author of eleven books. The most recent two being Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence (March 2021), an invitation to experience Jesus beyond the narrow confines we have built around him. And in 2019, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks in which she offers suggestions for reclaiming gratitude that can lead to greater connection with God, our loved ones, our world, and even our souls.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Diana Butler Bass was raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, and loves Santa Barbara, California, as her “soul” hometown. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, Richard Bass, and their dog, Rowan. When it is safe, she balances travel (which she loves) with her concerns for Virginia politics, a passion for environmental issues, supporting local farms, reading poetry, cooking, gardening, Washington Nationals baseball, and Duke basketball.

You can follow her online at, her public author page on Facebook, and Twitter @dianabutlerbass.

Schedule will be posted as it becomes available.

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Contact Information

ELCA South Carolina Synod
1003 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone 803-765-0590
Fax 803-252-5558

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