2018 Assembly

May 18-19

Coralville Marriott

The Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly, the primary decision-making body of the synod, will meet May 18-19, 2018 at the Coralville Marriott in Coralville, IA

Each spring, synods gather in assembly to lift up and celebrate ministries and address the official business of the synod. The Assembly is this synod’s highest legislative authority, limited only by the constitution and bylaws of the synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the assembly’s own resolutions. Assembly is also a cherished time when we gather from across the synod to reconnect with friends, meet new ones, and share what it means to be the body of Christ.





Marriott hotel is offering a special group rate; Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center for $107.00 per night.

Valid Thursday, May 17 through Saturday, May 19

Book online at the group rate

Last day to book at the special rate: 4/26/18

Display/Resource Tables:

This year’s assembly will sponsor an “Interactive Learning Center” on Friday from 3:30-5:15 pm. In addition to a variety of activities taking place in the Conference Center, each assembly attendee will receive a bingo card and will be invited to receive a stamp from all exhibitors. Completed bingo cards will be entered into a drawing for a prize. We hope all exhibitors will engage in this opportunity and provide interactive experiences for our participants.  The ‘stamps’ will be provided for displays that register.  If you have questions, contact Pr. Eric Carlson, [email protected].
Space must be reserved in advance through the Southeastern Iowa Synod and are reserved for ministries of the ELCA and Southeastern Iowa Synod Commissions. Tables will be available Thursday afternoon and Friday morning for set-up. The is a flat fee for display registration of $50, any person not registered for the assembly as a voting member will need to pay $25 per meal.

Dietary Restrictions:
We will make every effort to provide menu options from which people who have dietary restrictions can choose.

Resolutions: Please see our resolutions page for information on writing and submitting a resolution. Resolutions are due April 3, 2018

Synod Governance Proposal: 

Participants at the 2017 assembly of the Southeastern Iowa Synod caught the first glimpse of a proposal for changing some of the ways we organize for mission in this synod. The proposal was developed within the Synod Council and was forwarded to the assembly with an invitation to the whole synod: “Help us think and talk about this so that we can do what we do together both faithfully and well.” With that, we set upon a year of conversation and shared discernment regarding the proposal itself and whether or not it can be improved upon. This included listening posts in the fall of 2017, conversations in deans’ meetings, conference gatherings, and other colleague groups, together with web-based responses to resources.
At the February 2018 meeting of the Synod Council, they approved a final draft of the proposal for governance restructuring that reflects constructive changes prompted by input from throughout the synod. A comprehensive overview along with the proposed amendments to the Southeastern Iowa Synod Constitution, Bylaws and Continuing Resolutions are now available. Click here. These will be considered for action by the 2018 Synod Assembly. Voting members of the assembly are encouraged to study these documents prior to the assembly beginning May 18th.
At the center of it all is the good news that in Christ Jesus, God so loves this world. All the things we do and the particular ways that we do them are geared toward experiencing and sharing that good news.
Pre-Assembly Materials (available early April)
General Information*
Information about Speakers
Vice President Report
Treasurer’s Report
Financial Information
Commission Reports
Conference Reports
Partner Organization Reports
Constitution Report
Report of Reference and Counsel Committee
Proposed Changes to Minimum Compensation Guidelines
 Recap of  2017 Synod Assembly – God So Loves the World

See the full recap of the 2017 Synod Assembly here.