2017 Synod Assembly

Who is my neighbor?
May 18 – 20
Hilton Houston North

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus is asked, “Who is my neighbor?“. The lawyer doing the asking was perhaps looking for a loophole in the laws of the day or hoping for a shortcut to eternal life. Jesus’ answer was surprising. The person who truly acted like a neighbor was not the upper class priest or Levite but instead was the Samaritan, the outsider of that society.

We know that God tells us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, he takes this commandment even further by saying, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

The 2017 Synod Assembly will attempt to address the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Join us as members of marginalized communities share their stories and experiences with us. Engage in conversation and reflection. Hear stories of truth and leave equipped with resources for addressing some of these issues within your context.

We are incredibly excited to have Glocal taking a leading role at our assembly this year. The mission of the ELCA Glocal Musicians and Educators is to equip for God’s work in global and local realities, as well as their “glocal” intersections. They will lead us in mission conversations around the realities of our communities and this world God loves.

We hope you will join us for assembly, as together we consider the question, “Who is my neighbor?

Churchwide Representative

Judith Roberts serves as ELCA Program Director for Racial Justice. The work of the ELCA Racial Justice ministries educates, equips, and engages leaders to analyze the systems of racism and identify solutions that create equitable outcomes within and outside of the ELCA. The Racial Justice ministries of the ELCA serves as catalyst and bridge builder committed to the work of equipping leaders to recognize and understand the complexity and implications of racism and racial issues. Through partnerships with synods, congregations, associations, and agencies, Racial Justice supports training and education in the areas of anti-racism and racial justice.


Please register online. Early bird registration prices end on April 21. Registration closes on May 5

Early Bird Rates (to April 21)

  • Voting Members – $250
  • Visitors – $195
  • One Day Visitor – $75
  • Retired Leader/Spouse – $125
  • Exhibitor – $175 (additional booth personnel meal package – $100)

Regular Rates (April 22 – May 5)

  • Voting Members – $295
  • Visitors – $250
  • One Day Visitor – $100
  • Retired Leader/Spouse – $150
  • Exhibitor – $200 (additional booth personnel meal package – $100)
    • Additional meal packages are not available after May 5


  • Commuter Fee – $20 (for all attendees not staying at Hilton)
  • Retired one day only – free
  • Synod council (not sent by congregation) – free
  • Other volunteers – confirm with assembly planner first
  • First Call
    • With or without assembly registration (through May 5) – $60
    • Commuter – $20 (not staying Wednesday)

Requests for financial assistance can be made using this online form.

Late Fees

All participants, exhibitors, visitors, etc. will add an additional $25 to the regular rates if registering between May 6 – 18.


  • Cancellations that are submitted through the registration system no later than May 5 or submitted in writing to the synod office (emailed, faxed, or postmarked no later than May 5) will receive a full refund, less $10 processing fee.
  • Partial refunds will be available, if requested in writing through email, fax, or mail from May 6-17. Amount of partial refund will be determined after assembly.
  • Email your request, fax to 281.875.4716, or mail to the synod office. Email is strongly preferred.
  • Cancellations received on May 18 or later are not eligible for refund.

Tentative Agenda

Please download our mobile guide for a more detailed agenda and all necessary materials for the assembly.


The assembly will be held at the Hilton Houston North. Reservations should be made separately and by April 26 to receive the discounted rate of $110/night. Use the code “SYAS” or mention the “2017 Synod Assembly Group.”

Nominations & Resolutions

All resolutions for consideration can be submitted through this online form and are due by April 8.

There are a number of important leadership opportunities within our synod. If you know of a qualified candidate, who is a person of integrity, passionate about the work of the church, and a voting member of a congregation in our synod, please fill out the corresponding nomination form. All nominations are due by April 15.

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Date(s) - May 18, 2017 until May 20 2017
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Hilton Houston North

2017 Synod Assembly