2018 Synod Convention – Basic Information

The Seventeenth Biennial Convention will be held June 14 – 16, 2018 at University of Alberta – Augustana Campus, Camrose.

The 2018 Convention theme is Faith, Hope, Love.  Our theme, based on 1 Corinthians 13:13 invites us to grow in faith, hope and love as we journey together.

Keynote Speaker and Convention Guests

Convention highlights include three keynote presentations by our Guest Presenter, The Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen. Time will be given during the plenary sessions for delegates and guests to reflect on each presentation.

Anna Madsen was the guest presenter at the 2016 Synod Study Conference. She is a “freelance theologian” in Two Harbors, MN. After graduating from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, she served a small South Dakota parish for three years before earning a Ph.D. in systematic theology in Regensburg, Germany. Immediately prior to her return to begin teaching as a college professor, an accident killed her husband and severely injured her young son Karl. Daughter Else was eight months old at the time.

 This event shaped her theology and her life profoundly, not least of all by being a springboard to create OMG: Center for Theological Conversation. Here, individuals and groups, laity and clergy, come for questions, conversation, and study. Through OMG, she also speaks, blogs and writes.

We will also receive greetings from our Companion Synod, The Iglesia Evangélica Luterana de Colombia (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia) through Bishop Atahualpa Hernández Miranda who along with a delegation from Colombia, will be attending our convention and then sharing throughout the Synod. We are pleased to welcome Bishop Atahualpa and his wife, Rev. Angélica Bernate Rojas, along with Rev. Diana Carolina Londoño Espinosa and her husband, Óscar Ricardo Niño Durán.

In addition to these guests, we are also welcoming Paulina Dasse, Manager for Relationships, Latin America and the Caribbean Global Mission from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Other highpoints of the convention include:

  • a welcoming reception,
  • uplifting worship services,
  • a celebration banquet honouring all rostered leaders who will be celebrating ordination anniversary milestones,
  • the recipient of our leadership award,
  • video presentations featuring individuals from across the Synod and a “take-home” DVD and discussion guide on our ongoing Synod Mission Priorities,
  • the election of synod delegates to the 2019 National Convention

as well as plenty of opportunities for food and fellowship.

This is also the Convention year in which we will elect a Synod Bishop and Council Secretary for the upcoming term.

New for this convention is an invitation for submissions of artwork to be displayed in the assembly hall, reflecting the theme of the convention. We are hoping to display a variety of mixed media, paintings, charcoal, pastel, etc. and fabric pieces. These works may have been prepared previously, or created specifically for the convention. Easels will be provided to display the pieces, and the art must be collected at the conclusion of the convention.

In order to plan for adequate space for the displays, congregations or individuals who have artwork to share are asked to please RSVP via the online form which is available here:  2018-synod-convention-art-display

Important Deadlines and Dates

February 21, 2018        Online registration open for delegates and invited Convention guests (keynote speakers, press, etc.)

February 1, 2018        Deadline for ABTLA Nominations (nominating form and supporting documentation must be                                         received in the Synod office by this date)

March 1, 2018            Online registration open for visitors

April 1, 2018               Registration Deadline for delegates, and invited Convention guests.

May 1, 2018                Registration Deadline for convention visitors

April 14, 2018             Deadline for Nominations to be National Convention Delegate (signed nomination forms must                                         be received in the Synod office by this date)

May 14, 2018              Deadline for Biographies of National Convention Delegate Nominees (biographies must be received in                                         the Synod office by this date)

June 30, 2018              Deadline for submitting delegate expense requisitions