FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Columbia, SC (July 15, 2020) — Listen, God is Calling! That is the theme of the ELCA South Carolina Synod Assembly. It is based on Matthew 7:7. “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” The assembly will be held July 25, 2020 online using Zoom meetings and a meeting platform from Lumi Global which provides a secure way to vote on the important items on this agenda.
This unprecedented opportunity to gather electronically comes at a critical time for the synod. The Rev. Dr. Herman Yoos, Bishop of the South Carolina Synod is retiring and the synod will be electing a new bishop. Synodical Bishops in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America serve six-year terms.
In addition to the election of a Bishop, attendees will have opportunities to: hear from our ELCA Churchwide representative, Victoria Flood who will lead the election process for the office of Bishop; participate in synod business decisions including additional elections for the Synod Council; recognizing the 50th anniversary of the ordination of women on Lutheran rosters; and worship together online.
This synod will be the first in the denomination to use these tools as an online method for its annual meeting.
About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with nearly 3.6 million members in more than 9,200 worshiping communities across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. The ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA’s roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.
About the South Carolina Synod:
The South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has nearly 52,000 members worshiping in 150 congregations across the state of South Carolina. We Lutherans in South Carolina are part of a church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace — and there’s room for all here. We seek to respond to God’s love by loving him and serving the people he has created not only in the state of South Carolina, but in many parts of the globe.
For information contact:
Neal F. Fischer
Director of Communications
803-509-8325 or 607-349-8072