Resolutions

R-1 Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women – Passed

WHEREAS, in 1970 both the Lutheran Church in America and American Lutheran Church in their national conventions voted to ordain women; and 

WHEREAS, the ELCA rejoices in these actions of its predecessor church bodies and will recognize the 50th anniversary in 2020 of the ordination of women; and 

WHEREAS, we express our profound gratitude for the many and varied ways the gifts of ordained women have advanced God’s mission through this church; and 

WHEREAS, we learned in the research related to the 45th anniversary of women’s ordination of some progress but also significant disparities for women in the areas of preparation for ministry, all calls including first calls, mobility, compensation, ministry roles, and debt following seminary education (http://search.elca.org/Pages/Results.aspx?k=45th+anniversary+of+women%27s+ordination); and 

WHEREAS, the same research uncovered denigrating and discriminatory experiences of many ordained women, some particularly acute for ordained women of color; and 

WHEREAS, the church is called to reflect in church and society its roles of advocate and model for the respect, dignity, and equal rights due all women, including the ordained women of this church; and 

WHEREAS, this church is simultaneously addressing justice and women in its social statement under consideration and the 50th anniversary of the ordination of women; 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Northern Illinois Synod memorialize the 2019 Churchwide Assembly of the ELCA to urge all synods in their 2020 assemblies to include celebration and special recognition of ordained women upon the 50th anniversary of authorizing this ordination practice; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we call upon our seminaries, colleges, campus ministries, outdoor ministries, social ministry organizations, and congregations to highlight women preachers, teachers and speakers throughout 2020 in recognition of the diversity of gifts women’s ordination has brought to our church; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we call upon congregations throughout the Northern Illinois Synod to participate in the 50th anniversary of the ordination of women in our church through worship services, bible studies and other efforts to celebrate and recognize the importance and contributions of ordained women; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we call upon all members of this Synod to examine our consciences, and confess our sins and complicity in circumstances whereby actions concerning women have involved creating barriers, discrimination, or perpetrating sexual harassment as women have prepared for and served as ordained women in this church; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we memorialize our churchwide organization at the 2019 Churchwide Assembly to conduct a gender analysis in 2020, whereby strategies are developed to promote and protect gender equity and justice, with particular focus on addressing the areas of preparation for ministry, call process including first calls, mobility, compensation, ministry roles, and debt following seminary education; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we call upon this Synod to establish goals and strategies for our congregations to achieve for ordained women, comparable compensation packages commensurate with that of ordained men in all calls within this Synod by 2025; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we call upon this Synod to establish goals and strategies for achieving for ordained women, access to ministry roles where women are currently underrepresented, with an emphasis on the challenges faced by women of color receiving viable first and second calls; and Resolutions 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we request this Synod’s publications to plan features in 2020 on the ordination of women, lifting-up the amazing talents and gifts this church has received from its ordained women, the barriers ordained women still experience in this church; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we invite the prayers of all members of this Synod for the successful outcome of these initiatives. 

Submitted by: The Northern Illinois Synod Council and the Northern Illinois Synod 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women Taskforce. 

Contact persons: Rev. Don Knowles, Synod Council Secretary; The Rev. Rakel Evenson, Chair of the NIS 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women Taskforce. 

Date submitted: April 4, 2019 
Action of the Resolution Committee 
Action Taken: Recommend Adoption of the Resolution 
Date of Action: April 30, 2019 Resolutions 

R-2 Concerning Gender Equality for Rostered Leadership Positions in the Northern Illinois Synod – Passed

WHEREAS, scripture declares, “When God created humankind, [God] made them in the likeness of God. Male and female [God] created them, and [God] blessed them and named them ‘Humankind’ when they were created.” (Genesis 5:1b-2, NRSV); and, the Apostle Paul writes, “there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28, NRSV); and 

WHEREAS, R-1 “Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women” recognizes the historical significance of the ordination of women; and 

WHEREAS, the same resolution highlights the continued struggles experienced by women who are ordained; and 

WHEREAS, the same resolution calls for further action by our church; 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Northern Illinois Synod develop or provide training materials for the synod staff, candidacy committee, call committees, councils, and congregations that address the topic of equality in compensation and benefits for all rostered positions; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Northern Illinois Synod develop or provide anti-sexual harassment training materials to assist congregations in developing anti-sexual harassment policies; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Northern Illinois Synod make both sets of training materials available to all congregations and provide for congregations that complete the training materials for equality in compensation and benefits and develop anti-sexual harassment policies with a certificate of completion and artwork featuring faithful women; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Northern Illinois Synod encourage ministers in a call or serving a community to regularly engage the community they serve through preaching, study, or small group activities on the topic of gender equality. 

Submitted by: Rev. James Gallagher, Rev. Katrina Gallagher, Rev. Pamela Marolla, Rev. Vince Marolla, Rev. Frank Langholf, Rev. Joseph O’Donnell, Rev. Jacob Gawlik, Rev. Jessica Bakken, Rev. Barbara Otten, Rev. Bree Truax, Rev. Vicki Sauter, Rev. David Nelson, Rev. Janet Wold, Rev. Frank Lay 

Contact Person: The Rev. James Gallagher-First Lutheran Church, Monmouth 

Date Submitted: April 9, 2019 
Action of the Resolution Committee 
Action Taken: Recommend Adoption of the Resolution 
Date of Action: April 30, 2019 

Election Results

Synod Council: Vice President (4-year term) Minnette Scott
Synod Council: Treasurer (4-year term) Tammie Farley
Synod Council: Laity (3-year term) Carla Vanatta
Synod Council: Laity (3-year term) George Sanchez
Synod Council: Clergy (3-year term) Janet Wold
Synod Council: Clergy (3-year term) Robert Franek
Synod Council: Laity, Person of Color (3-year term) Monique Castillo
Synod Council: Youth Representative (1-year term) Grace Hoening

Congregational Life Committee: Laity (3-year term) Melinda Alekna
Congregational Life Committee: Clergy (3-year term) Elizabeth Mascal
Congregational Life Committee: Clergy (3-year term) Zachary Baer

Global Mission Committee: Clergy (3-year term) Jessica Bakken
Global Mission Committee: Clergy (3-year term) Reed Pedersen

Ministry Support Committee: Laity (3-year term) Deanna Swanson
Ministry Support Committee: Clergy (3-year term) Karyn Kost

Outreach Committee: Laity (3-year term) Amanda Schanze
Outreach Committee: Laity (3-year term) Roger Haefner
Outreach Committee: Laity (3-year term) Nathan Knowles
Outreach Committee: Clergy (3-year term) Frank Langhoff
Outreach Committee: Clergy (2-year term) Lisa Burbank

Social Ministry Committee: Laity (3-year term) Joan Soltwisch
Social Ministry Committee: Clergy (3-year term) Chuck Olson

Consultation Committee: Laity (6-year term) Lyn Tubbesing
Consultation Committee: Laity (6-year term) Randy Mullin
Consultation Committee: Clergy (6-year term) Elizabeth Martin
Consultation Committee: Clergy (6-year term) Preston Fields

Discipline Committee: Laity (6-year term) Karen Dolan
Discipline Committee: Laity (6-year term) Michael “Mic” Brooks
Discipline Committee: Clergy (6-year term) Henrietta Milner
Discipline Committee: Clergy (6-year term) Jacob Gawlik

Bishop’s Welcome Letter

June 7, 2019 

Dear Friends in Christ, 

Grace, mercy, and peace be with you. 

I look forward to welcoming you to our Thirty-second Annual Northern Illinois Synod Assembly: Walking TogetherLoving Christ, Loving All, For the Sake of the World.” 

We are excited to have as our keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen, a “freelance theologian” who founded OMG: Center for Theological Conversation and The Spent Dandelion Theological Retreat Center, of Two Harbors, MN. Dr. Madsen will give three presentations designed to help us live out our synod mission statement, which is also the assembly theme! 

Some important announcements: 

  • You can get the most out of this year’s assembly by using the free Assembly Mobile Guide. The mobile guide gives you handy access to all the most important Synod Assembly materials including the agenda, Bulletin of Reports,  maps,  updates, photos, social media, and more. During the assembly, there will be updates that may include announcements and items that come from the floor of the assembly. Please download the guide onto your mobile device before you arrive at assembly! Find download links, instructions, and more information at assembly.nisynod.org/guide
  • Highlights, photos, and select video portions of the assembly will be made available on the synod’s website (assembly.nisynod.org) during and after the assembly. 
  • Follow the assembly and share your own photos and experiences on social media with the hashtags #NISynod and #NISAssembly19 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  
  • For those of you staying in Swanson Commons, Ms. Nancy Corey is sending out a separate e-mail with the information you need. This information is also available online at assembly.nisynod.org/housing-information
  • There is road construction in and near the Quad-City Area. Please exercise caution as you travel to and from assembly. 

As you prepare for synod assembly, here are a few items to note: 

  • Read through the Bulletin of Reports which is available in the mobile guide and on the synod website (assembly.nisynod.org/bor). It includes the information on those standing for election to synod council and synod committees; two resolutions which have been submitted to the Assembly for consideration; reports from synod staff, officers, committees, conferences, institutions, and agencies; and other helpful information, such as the forums available to you on Friday afternoon. You will find it helpful to bring this material with you to the assembly, either electronically or as hard copies, as paper copies will not be available at the assembly.  
  • Attend the Orientation Forum on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Bergendoff Hall building, in Potter Hall, if this is your first assembly as a voting member. This forum will introduce you to the functions and procedures of the assembly. 
  • Attend the Resolutions Committee Forum if it is not your first time at the assembly. This forum is held in the Bergendoff Hall building, Larson Hall. The Rev. Miho Yasukawa, chairperson of the resolutions committee, will discuss the two resolutions that will come before the assembly. These resolutions, as mentioned earlier, are found in the Bulletin of Reports. 
  • I have issued a $10,000 challenge for this year’s Synod Assembly Offering, which is designated for “Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA.”  Please make checks payable to “Northern Illinois Synod” and note at the bottom of the check for “Synod Assembly Offering.” Gifts from congregations and individuals will be received during the offering on Saturday or may be sent to the synod office in Rockford. 
  • This year’s In-Kind Offering, sponsored by the NIS Social Ministry Committee, will be the collection of letters written by our NIS members, addressed to federal legislators on behalf of our neighbors who are hungry – across the street or around the world Please see assembly.nisynod.org/in-kind-offering for more information. 
  • Physically challenged parking will be available in the Centennial Hall parking lot on the east side of Centennial Hall, near the building. Golf carts will also be available during the Assembly to help transport Assembly attendees. Bus service will be provided for Friday dinner and Saturday breakfast being held in the Gerber Center Dining Hall (3435-9-1/2 Avenue). 
  • Child care will be offered off-campus.  We are grateful to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4501 7th Avenue in Rock Island, for providing their nursery facilities
  • The temperature in Centennial Hall is variable; it is a good idea to be prepared if you tend to get cold in air conditioning.
  • If you are staying in campus housing, Swanson Commons (1010 38th Street), only provides sheets and small towels. Please bring your own pillow, blanket, bath towels, and toiletries (soap, etc.). 

If there is any way that we can be of assistance to you, please contact our Rockford office at 815-964-9934 (the Rockford office will be closed Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15) or Assembly Registrar Nancy Corey in our Rock Island office at 309-794-4004.   

We are grateful for your leadership, dedication, and commitment to Christ and Christ’s church.  

Walking with you, 

Bishop Jeffrey Clements 

Assembly Offering – Bishop’s Challenge

Our Assembly offering this year will be designated for Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA.” This five-year campaign of the ELCA seeks to raise $198 million in support of new and expanded churchwide ministries around the world. Our gifts will help our church grow in communities of faith, form new leaders, welcome our neighbors, overcome malaria, confront hunger and poverty, accompany our global churches, and so much more.

This year, Bishop Jeffrey Clements is challenging every congregation in the Northern Illinois Synod to make a donation to this campaign in an effort to raise $10,000. Please ask your congregation to designate a dollar amount for this campaign over and above regular Mission Support, invite individuals from the congregation to donate, or hold a special fund-raising activity that will not only raise funds for this good cause, but will create awareness for the ways that our church affects lives around the world in a positive way.

Congregational (and individual) checks may be given as offerings at the Synod Assembly’s closing worship service on Saturday, June 15, 1:00 p.m. Online donations will also be accepted. 

Directions to Augustana College

Arriving on Interstate 80 from the east

  • Continue on 80 West as it changes to Interstate 280/74 West.
  • Exit 5A Interstate 74 West for approximately 1/2 mile.
  • Exit 4A John Deere Road / Highway 5 West.
  • Follow signs for Blackhawk Road/Highway 5 West.
  • Turn right on 38th Street in Rock Island (use Rock Valley Plaza and K-Mart store on left-hand side of Blackhawk Road as landmarks).
  • Drive approximately 2.5 miles on 38th Street.
  • You will pass Swanson Commons residence hall on the left.
  • Continue traveling 38th Street to 7th Avenue (7th Ave is at traffic signal)
  • Turn left (West) on 7th Avenue.
  • Centennial Hall and parking lot will be on the right (North) side of 7th Avenue (Note: Immediately after turning onto 7th Ave).

Arriving on Interstate 88 from the east

  • Continue on 88 West as it changes to Highway 5.
  • Travel Highway 5 West (John Deere Road/Blackhawk Road).
  • Follow signs for Blackhawk Road/Highway 5 West.
  • Turn right on 38th Street in Rock Island.
  • Warning: There is a 38th Street in Moline but do not turn there! Use Rock Valley Plaza and K-Mart store on left-hand side of Highway 5 as landmarks.
  • Drive approximately 2.5 miles on 38th Street.
  • You will pass Swanson Commons residence hall on the left.
  • Continue traveling 38th Street to 7th Avenue (7th Ave is at traffic signal)
  • Turn left (West) on 7th Avenue.
  • Centennial Hall and parking lot will be on the right (North) side of 7th Avenue (Note: Immediately after turning onto 7th Ave).

Arriving on Interstate 74 from the east

  • Follow signs as 74 West changes to Interstate 280/74 West.
  • Exit 5A Interstate 74 West for approximately 1/2 mile.
  • Exit 4A John Deere Road /Highway 5 West.
  • Follow signs for Blackhawk Road/Highway 5 West.
  • Turn right on 38th Street in Rock Island (use Rock Valley Plaza and K-Mart store on left-hand side of Blackhawk Road as landmarks).
  • Drive approximately 2.5 miles on 38th Street.
  • You will pass Swanson Commons residence hall on the left.
  • Continue traveling 38th Street to 7th Avenue (7th Ave is at traffic signal)
  • Turn left (West) on 7th Avenue.
  • Centennial Hall and parking lot will be on the right (North) side of 7th Avenue (Note: Immediately after turning onto 7th Ave).

Arriving on Interstate 80 from the west

  • Exit 290 onto Interstate 280 East.
  • Cross the Mississippi River and Exit Highway 92 East to Rock Island.
  • Take the 31st Avenue Exit.
  • Turn right onto 31st Avenue.
  • Continue to 38th Street and turn left.
  • Drive approximately 2 miles on 38th Street.
  • You will pass Swanson Commons residence hall on the left.
  • Continue traveling 38th Street to 7th Avenue (7th Ave is at traffic signal)
  • Turn left (West) on 7th Avenue.
  • Centennial Hall and parking lot will be on the right (North) side of 7th Avenue (Note: Immediately after turning onto 7th Ave).

Arriving on U.S. 61 from the north

  • Follow Highway 61 South through Davenport until you reach Fourth Street (a one way to the right).
  • Turn right and go four blocks to Gaines Street. Turn left on Gaines Street and travel across the Centennial Bridge into Illinois.
  • Go straight off the bridge until you reach 5th Avenue (a one way to the left).
  • Turn left on 5th Avenue and proceed to campus. As you approach the campus you will see the football field on your right.
  • 5th Avenue will bend to the right just past the football field.
  • Turn right (West) on to 7th Avenue at the traffic signal.
  • Centennial Hall and parking lot will be on the right (North) side of 7th Avenue (Note: Immediately after turning onto 7th Ave).

Mobile Guide

Using a tablet or phone? Download the Assembly Mobile Guide.

Using a laptop computer? The Mobile Guide is available in your browser.

The 2019 Northern Illinois Synod Assembly will use a mobile guide through the ELCA Organizations and Events App. The app is available as a free download through the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

Search for “2019 Northern Illinois Synod Assembly” and our guide will appear. No passphrase is needed. Download the guide to your tablet or phone and you’ll have everything you need in the palm of your hand.

More will be added to the app leading up to and during assembly.

If you have questions about the app, please email Deacon Karin Graddy at karin@nisynod.org.

Get the ELCA Organizations & Events App

Cycle to Synod

Objective: Raise money to support ELCA World Hunger programs

Action: Members of the Northern Illinois Synod member churches will ride their bicycles to Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. In advance of the ride, participants will solicit pledges in support of ELCA World Hunger.

Dates and Logistics: Congregations en-route will provide lodging and meals.

Dates of the ride: June 11-14, 2019

We anticipate 20 people will participate. There is a limit of 25 riders.

Before riding, we will require each cyclist to complete a checklist that includes:

  1. completing 120 hours of riding time (on their own)
  2. reading through the Illinois Bicycle Rules of the Road (published by the Secretary of State of Illinois)
  3. setting a goal for fundraising and raising funds
  4. participating in a safety instruction course taught the morning of departure
  5. turning into the ride coordinator a completed “Release of Responsibility” form (see form)
  6. turning into the ride coordinator a completed “Medical Information” form. (see form). For those under 18, if parents are not also participating in the ride, their parents must also complete and sign a letter allowing a designated participating adult to approve medical care for the child in the case of an emergency.
  7. attending a synod-led “Safeguarding God’s Children” workshop. Each participant is responsible for registering for the workshop on the synod website.

Safety requirements include:

  1. Every cyclist will be required to wear a helmet.
  2. There will be signs posted along the route giving directions.
  3. There will be a lead cyclist providing direction and an end cyclist to assist and count riders.
  4. There will be a lead vehicle and a trailing vehicle with water, snacks, bike repair assistance and a first aid kit.

Donate:

Send checks made out to “Northern Illinois Synod” with #CycleToSynod in the memo line to Northern Illinois Synod c/o June Cain, 103 W. State Street, Rockford, IL 61101 or use the secure online donation form below.