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2010 Synod Assembly

Annual Assembly

The highest legislative body of the synod is the Synod Assembly. Voting members from each congregation and all rostered leaders gather annually for this meeting.

The 2015 Synod Assembly will be held May 29-30 at the Westchester Marriott, 670 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591.

Registration and Accomodations

Voting members and visitors
Voting members at assembly serve on behalf of all the people of this synod. Voting members are called to make decisions for the well-being of our synod and the whole church. Voting members of the 2015 Synod Assembly will be entrusted to elect voting members of the churchwide assembly and fill one open synod council seat.
Constitutionally, voting members are:
  • all ELCA rostered leaders in our synod (pastors, associates in ministry, deaconesses and diaconal ministers)
  • lay congregation members who have been elected by their congregation (typically voting members will be equally male and female)
  • synod council members and officers of the synod
  • ecumenical partners serving as pastor to a congregation of our synod
For the number of voting members allowed by each congregation, please see the Announcement Memo from Synod Secretary, Pr. Robert Schoepflin.
Synodically rostered deacons are granted voice, but must be elected by their congregation in order to be a voting member. Congregations are strongly encouraged to register Alternate Voting Members (at no cost). Having alternates registered will ensure that if a voting member is unable to attend assembly, that the alternate can take their place.
We encourage people to attend as visitors. Visitors must sit in the designated space.
For our 2015 Synod Assembly, the registration fees are as follows:
February 15 – April 15
per voting member
per visitor
$175 per optional meal plan
April 16 –
May 11
per voting member
per visitor
$175 per optional meal plan
May 12 –
May 30
per voting member
per visitor
No meal plans available
Registration is now open. Click here to get started.
Click here for a word about these assembly fees. Payment is not required to register, but all payment is due by May 11. Click here for our full cancelation and payment policy.
Meal plans
Meal plans are no longer available to be purchased or cancelled. 
Overnight Accomodations
The room rate at the Westchester Marriott is no longer available.
Please note, if you are tax exempt, you must do one of the following for that status to be honored by the Westchester Marriott: 
  • Bring a copy of your tax exempt certificate and pay with a credit card that has the same name (i.e. a credit card that includes the church name)
  • Bring a copy of your tax exempt certificate and a certified check from the bank
  • Bring a copy of your tax exempt certificate and mail your check early enough for it to clear with the bank often this is 2 weeks).


Nominations and Elections
At this year’s Assembly, we will be electing voting members to the 2016 Churchwide Assembly. We will also be electing one mid-term replacement for a synod council seat. Click here to see the open offices and descriptions of the positions
Nominations (except for those from the floor) have closed.    
Resolutions to be considered by the assembly must now be brought to the floor of the Assembly. To bring a resolution to the floor, 550 copies must be brought to the Hospitality Table by 12:00 noon on Friday, May 29.
Agenda Time and AV needs
The deadline to request agenda time during plenary sessions has passed. Any plenary speakers will need to submit their final AV no later than May 1 to Rebekah Thornhill.


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