West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod
The 33rd Annual Synod Assembly of the West Virginia-Western Maryland, ELCA, convened Saturday, 16 October 2021, at the Mon County 4-H Center, Mylan Park, outside of Morgantown, WV.
The Synod Assembly conducted more elections than at any
time in its history since the constituting convention,
electing a bishop, a secretary, a treasurer, eight Synod
Council members, five Consultation Committee members, five
Discipline Committee members, and five voting members to
the Churchwide Assembly.
The Synod Assembly adopted six of the seven implementing
resolutions of the Committee on the Bishop’s Report, the
seventh being ruled out of order as a result of a bylaw
change ordered early in the session by the assembly. Five
of the implementing resolutions ordered the following.
The sixth implementing resolution referred three queries
to the Mutual Ministry Committee.
A synod budget with projected synod expenditure (not
counting mission support proportional share) of
$275,800.24 for FY2022-2023 was adopted.
The Synod Assembly was introduced to Mary Sanders, the
new Executive Director of Community Lutheran Partners,
Inc.. Sanders is a life-time member of St. John’s Lutheran
Church, Redhouse, MD. She is currently on her internship
year as a diaconal candidate, through United Lutheran
The Synod Assembly welcomed The Rt. Rev. William “Bill”
Gohl, Bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod, ELCA, who
served as the Churchwide Representative. In that capacity,
he served as chair pro tem of the assembly,
overseeing the process for election of a bishop.
Venue and Time
Synod Assembly 2020 was not held because of the pandemic.
Also because of the pandemic, Synod Assembly 2021 was held
four months later than usual. Another unusual aspect of
this Synod Assembly was the plan for a one-day session
with option for an adjourned meeting a month later. While
a second day was not ordered, this was probably the first
time that non-consecutive days were contemplated. Also
unusual was the choice of venue. The Mylan Park facility
offered the possibility of holding the business meetings
of the assembly outdoors (under a pavilion). Until just a
few days before the Synod Assembly convened, it looked
like a real possibility. A storm system, however, moved
the business meetings indoors. Both masking indoors and
the best attempt at physical distancing in the assembly
chamber were employed. Lunch was not served as part of the
Synod Assembly program. Instead, attendees were given over
ninety minutes to take advantage of local eateries or
picnic. This may have also been the first assembly in the
synod’s history not to charge a registration fee.
Proceedings will be posted here as soon as they are
finalized. If you would like to be notified when the
proceedings are posted, visit our Synod
Assembly Communications page to enroll in one of our
Under orders from Synod Council, the Mon County 4-H
Center has been reserved on Saturday, 4 June 2021, for the
34th Annual Synod Assembly. As with 2021, the
Assembly is currently planned for one day, though the
assembly retains the right to order an adjourned meeting.
The thinking of the Synod Council, at its November 13
meeting, was influenced by continuing pandemical concerns.
It was the general informal opinion of the Council that a
return to an assembly with two consecutive days is
expected in the future. The suggestion to not hold an
assembly in 2022 was not supported by the Council. This is
not the formal call of the Assembly. That formal call of
the Assembly will be issued sixty days before it convenes.
Note well, Synod Council reserves the right to modify this
If you would like to be notified when more information is posted regarding Synod Assembly 2022, visit our Synod Assembly Communications page to enroll in one of our communication channels.Synod Assembly 2020 page.
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