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Boundaries and Inclusion Education 2024

Plan ahead! Schedule one of the dates below for Your 2024 Region 9 Boundaries and Inclusion Education

This year’s training is available on:

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2024, 9am – 1pm ET

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2024, 9am – 1pm ET

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2024, 9am – 1pm ET

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2024, 9am – 1pm ET

All active rostered ministers are required to attend one of these sessions.

A Registration link will be available in the fall of 2024

Who should attend?  ALL Rostered Ministers, Seminary Students, Interns, Specialized Ministers who are, active in a Call, serving as Interim, Supply or Candidate for Ministry in the SC Synod are required.

I’m not Rostered in SC, do I still need to attend?  Yes, if you are serving in our Synod as a Supply or Interim, you are required to attend Boundary and Inclusion Education annually.

Are Rostered Ministers required to attend every year? Yes!  Each year is a different focus.  There are three foci, Basic(Sexual and Financial), Gender Inclusion and Racial Justice.  A three-year rotation has been established to cover each area.

Are there other options to completing the required Boundary and Inclusion Education?  Yes. We can provide you with other alternative options if needed.  However, you are responsible for any registration fees, etc. related to the education and certification.  Once you complete, you must send a copy of your Certificate of Completion to SC Synod, ELCA 1003 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201 or email a Copy to Rick Carter, at

If you have further questions, please contact me via email or call 803-543-2853.

Region 9 Bishops’ Relational Agreement

In July of 2019, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the ordination of women, the bishops of Region 9 developed the “Region 9 Bishops’ Relational Agreement for boundaries, candidacy and call process.” The introductory paragraph of that document states:

Committed to always reforming for the health of leaders, vitality of congregations, and the flourishing of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we agree to work together as a region to address systemic issues facing rostered ministers who are women. Together, we will work to create a culture change in our region through deepening trust and relationship – creating authentic avenues for reporting, responding, education, advocacy and care.

Every active rostered minister, candidate for rostered ministry, synodically authorized minister or lay preacher is required to be current on their annual boundaries education in order to activate an RMP, transfer into another synod of Region 9, be available for any call or appointment, including interim work, or serve as a synod-recommended supply preacher.

South Carolina Synod Contact for Boundaries Training

The Rev. Rick Carter, Assistant to the Bishop –

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