2020 NC Synod Gathering

Join us as we gather for worship, fellowing and learning together. Be a part of the first EVER Synod Gathering.

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Jacqueline Bussie

Jacqueline is an award-winning author, professor, theologian, public speaker, and student of life in all its messy beauty. Her books include Love Without Limits (2018) and Outlaw Christian (2016). Jacqueline teaches religion, theology, and interfaith studies classes at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where she also serves as the Director of the Forum on Faith and Life. Every day she is amazed and grateful that she actually gets paid to do the three things she loves most: 1) interact with incredible students, 2) write, and 3) try to make the world a more compassionate place.

Bible Study Leader
The Rev. Kendra Mohn

Kendra has been at Trinity Lutheran, Fort Worth, TX since 2010. Pastor Mohn was raised on a farm near Cherokee, Iowa, where she grew up showing 4-H livestock, taking music lessons, working at the local radio station, and helping out at church. She is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, IA, the University of Pittsburgh, and Luther Seminary. She also holds a PhD in Biblical Studies. Her academic interests include the ways that gender, empire, and power intersect in the New Testament. She loves teaching, learning, and thinking critically with others about how the church, the academy, and contemporary culture intersect.

Mark Mummert

Mark is Cantor at Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA), Worcester, MA where he leads the music in all worship services, conducts the Trinity Choir, Trinity Choristers, Trinity Junior Choristers, and is artistic director of the Music at Trinity fine arts series. Prior to moving to Worcester, Mark was the 2015 Distinguished Visiting Cantor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Mark served as the Director of Worship at Houston’s Christ the King Lutheran Church (2008-2015) and as Seminary Musician at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (1990-2008).

8 AM – Registration opens
10 AM – Welcome and opening worship
11:30 AM – Keynote – Dr. Jacqueline Bussie
12:30 PM – Lunch/Bible study
2:30 – 5 PM – Learning opportunities
5 PM – 7 PM – Dinner at LR or on your own
7-9 PM – Reception to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women
9:15 PM – Evening compline

9 AM – Morning prayer
9:30 AM – Bishop Tim time
10:30 AM – Keynote – Dr. Jacqueline Bussie
Lunch/Bible study by group
2-4:30 PM – Learning opportunities
5 PM – Worship
Evening fun, food, games
8:30 PM – Evening compline


8:30 AM – Morning Prayer
9-11:30 AM – Learning opportunities
Lunch/Bible study
2 PM – Closing worship

Learning opportunities will take place on: Thursday afternoon, May 28, Friday afternoon, May 29, and Saturday morning, May 30. There will be three types of sessions:

  • 60-minute Workshop: These sessions are teaching/learning sessions with stated and specific learning objectives during which attendees gain useful information, advice or technical assistance about a specific topic.
    Example: “Constitution: What is it? Why have one? How to update it!” led by Michael DeNise
  • 2.5-hour Workshop: These sessions are ideal for advanced-level trainings requiring additional time for attendee participation and small group break-outs.
    Example: “Adaptive Leadership in Action: Moving to Change” led by Bishop Erik Gronberg.
  • 60-minute Caucus: A time for affinity groups or people working on similar projects to gather and exchange ideas, network, and build community; an opportunity to convene a group of interested participants to discuss a specific topic.
    Example: “Dwelling with those Experiencing Homelessness” led by Emily Norris.

The complete schedule and detailed descriptions of Learning Opportunities can be found in the “Important Documents” section below.


Early Bird (through April 15)
$40.00 1 day
$80.00 2 days
$100.00 all 3 days

Late Registration (April 16-May 15)
$50.00 1 day
$100.00 2 days
$120.00 all 3 days


$37.00 One night double occupancy @ LR
$42.00 One night single occupancy @ LR


$8.50 Breakfast
$10.00 Lunch
$18.00 Dinner

SYNOD SWAG (completely optional)

$10.00 Gathering t-shirt
$22.00 #ThursdaysInBlack shirt

Synod Gathering Promotional Video

Key dates:

January 21 – workshop application deadline
February 06 – registration opens
April 15 – last day for early bird pricing
May 15 – last day to register