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Synod Assembly 2023

Change of Date: 20 May 2023!

Mark your calendars! Synod Assembly 2023 will be held Saturday, 20 May 2023 at the Mon County 4-H Center.

It was originally announced that Synod Assembly 2023 would be held the first weekend of June 2023, but our preferred venue was booked. It has taken us some time to find an alternative date. The contract on the venue was signed 22 November 2022, and we can now turn our attention to detailed planning.

The webpage for Synod Assembly will be mounted when the official call for Synod Assembly is published.

Synod Assembly 2022

Synod Assembly 2022 has adjourned sine die, and the synopsis is online! Review the happenings at our Synod Assembly 2022 page.

What Is Synod Assembly?

Synod Assembly is the highest legislative authority of the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod. It is a unicameral legislature of clergy and laity enfranchised under the Synod Constitution. A minimum of 60% of its voting members must be laity. In session, it employs Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised (latest edition) as its parliamentary authority. The Synod Assembly must meet in regular session at least triennially, but, with one exception, West Virginia-Western Maryland has met annually since its constituting convention in 1987.

Anatomy of the Synod Assembly

Synod Assembly, much like any convention, has various committees and offices that work well in advance of the assembly and during the assembly. While this can get pretty complicated, the most important entities for the legislative work of the assembly are...

  • Nominating Committee—Nominating Committee, with some few exceptions, generates nominations for offices to be elected by the Synod Assembly. Learn more about Nominating Committee, its processes, and the status of its work at this point at the Nominations & Elections webpage.
  • Reference & Counsel—R&C is the principal legislative committee of the assembly. R&C, among other duties, reviews all resolutions and memorials submitted to the assembly by voting members and congregations. Learn more about Nominating Committee, its processes, and the status of its work at this point at our Resolutions & Memorials webpage.
  • Resolutions Committee—Resolutions Committee is the drafting committee of the Synod Assembly.

Past Synod Assemblies

Synod Assembly 2021

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. To find out what happened, including elections, legislative action, and more, visit the Synod Assembly 2021 page.

Synod Assembly 2020

Synod Assembly 2020 was not held because of the pandemic. Learn more about the decision and consequences by visiting our Synod Assembly 2020 page.

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This page was last updated 25 November 2022