SYNOD ASSEMBLY NEWS PART ONE
Kristin Berkey-Abbott and Pastor Keith attended the 23rd annual Florida Bahamas Synod Assembly.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is comprised of 65 synods or groups of congregations and each synod meets in assembly each year.
Pastor Keith serves on Synod Council which met just prior to and direrctly after the assembly and is responsible for synod business between assemblies. During the assembly he served as co-chair of the Reference and Council Committee, which processes all memorials and resolutions before they are permitted to come to the floor of the assembly. It meant some time "behind the podium," and he tried to bring the same joy and enthusiasm that he brings to preaching to all of those "resolved" and "be it further resolved" statements. During the first workshop session, Pastor Keith co-lead a workshop on stories of community-based organizing in which he was able to share some of the highlights of Trinity's work with BOLD Justice. He was also elected as the clergy delegate for the Broward-Bahamas Conference of the Florida-Bahamas Synod to the 2011 ELCA Churchwide Assembly which wll be meeting in Orlando.
Pastor Keith and Kristin will be posting more highlights from the Assembly soon.
A direct link to the official Assembly site may be found at http://www.fbsynod.com/