Pre-assembly Question for Potential Bishop - Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA


This year’s Metropolitan Chicago Synod Assembly, held on Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, 2019, will include a bishop’s election.

Our synod constitution provides an opportunity for all registered voting members (by April 1, 2019) to identify any ELCA-ordained clergy person as a potential nominee for the office of bishop. **Please note that this is only an identification process.** Actual nominations will take place on the first day of the assembly by an ecclesiastical ballot. (Please see S9.04 of the Constitution of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod beginning on page 20 to review the process for an ecclesiastical ballot and the pre-election canvass. The Constitution can be found at A helpful overview of the process can be found at

This year’s Pre-election Canvass Committee for Bishop would like to invite any member of a congregation within the Metropolitan Chicago Synod to identify one question that may be asked at the open forums prior to the synod assembly (see below).

Please review the role of a synod bishop in S8.12 of the Constitution of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod beginning on page 12 before submitting your question. The Constitution can be found at

The top six (possibly eight, with ties) individuals, as identified by the voting members to the 2019 Synod Assembly, will be invited to answer a selection of questions submitted by voting members and members within the synod. We encourage your attendance at one or more of these forums and that you invite your congregation to come and listen to potential nominees for the office of bishop:

++ Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 1-3 p.m. at First Lutheran Blue Island in Sanctuary (2519 Grove St. Blue Island, IL 60406 ) - parking lot available, accessible building
++ Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 7-9 p.m. at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Naperville in Sanctuary (1313 North Mill St, Naperville, IL 60563) – parking lot available, accessible building
++ Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 7-9 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Evanston in Sanctuary (3637 Golf Rd, Evanston, IL 60203) – parking lot available, accessible building
++ Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 1-3 p.m. at The Lutheran Center/ Churchwide Office in Augsburg Room, 1st floor (8765 W Higgins Road; Chicago, IL 60631) - accessible by public transportation, parking lot available (call security at parking garage box for entry), accessible building

We are continuing to pray for you as we prepare for our synod assembly.

In Christ,

Pre-election Canvass Committee
Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA

Ms. Nan Dahlke, co-chair (
The Rev. Jason Glombicki, co-chair (
Ms. Yvette NewberryWhite
The Rev. Linda Norman
Mr. Charles Willett

You are invited to submit one potential question to ask those identified. Please think about your conference, congregation, or our synod.
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