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2017 Mission / Synod Assembly

April 28 - April 30

Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation!

Our theme builds on Luther’s pivotal question in the Small Catechism:

What Does This Mean?

The assembly will give thanks for our reformation heritage, welcome ecumenical guests, and celebrate our theological heritage as Lutheran Christians. Additionally, through worship and education, we will be invited to consider what it means and will mean to carry the name Lutheran into the 21st Century.

Martin Luther’s theological move 500 years ago towards the justifying work of Christ and insistence on the individual’s right to personal conscience changed the world forever.

Luther boldly proclaimed the power of God’s alienated righteousness (1 Cor. 1:30), poured out for humanity (Philippians 2), so that then we are invited to give ourselves for the life of the world (Gal. 5:22). We live within that theological heritage and are challenged today to ask that same question:

What Does This Mean?

Click here for the Catholic – Lutheran Joint Statement On The Occasion of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.


Online registration is closed.

On-site: Voting Member $315 (Book of Reports hard copy included) | Retired Clergy $160 | Visitor $130


Our host hotel is Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center. Our booking deadline was April 12. You can contact them to see if they have any rooms available and if they will still honor our assembly rate of $109.00 (plus taxes and fees) per night. Call Marriott Reservations at 1-800-228-9290 and mention “NT-NL Synod Assembly.”


The deadline to submit resolutions was two weeks prior to Assembly. This year, that date was April 14.

Scroll down to the Resources link to view submitted resolutions.


Our Churchwide representative will be ELCA Vice President William “Bill” Horne II, who will be speaking and leading a workshop.

Our preacher for opening worship will be The Rev. Louise N. Johnson, President of Wartburg Theological Seminary.

Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO of 1517 Media, will be speaking and also presenting a workshop.

Workshop Leaders

Julia Coffin, Program Specialist for Detention and Visitation, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)

Craig Ongley, NT-NL Synod Attorney

Savanna Sullivan, Program Associate, ELCA Strategy on HIV/AIDS

Dr. Rusty Maisel, Curator of The Enduring Word Museum (with an operational Gutenberg printing press)

The Rev. Russell Vardell, pastor of First United Lutheran Church, Dallas

Ecumenical Guests

Pr. George Mason, Senior Pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas

The Rt. Rev. George Sumner, Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas

Michael Thompson, Associate General Presbyter, Grace Presbytery

The Rev. Robert Williams, Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas


For the Book of Reports, which includes the Proposed Agenda, click on this link, then click on the Useful Forms tab.

Assembly Resources

More information will be added as available.


April 28
April 30




Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center
7121 Bishop Rd
Plano, TX 75024 United States
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