Synod Assembly 2022
Synod Assembly 2022 has adjourned sine die, and
the synopsis is online! Review the happenings at our Synod Assembly
Synod Assembly 2023
Mark your calendars! Synod Assembly 2023 will be held the
weekend of June 3rd. Please hold 2-4 June 2023
for Synod Assembly. We don't know whether it will be a
one-day or two-day assembly at this point. Synod Council
will take up that question at its November meeting.
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 &
- 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
- 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
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
Assembly 2020 page.