Synod Office Reopening and Policies

Synod Office Opening Wednesday, October 6 

To safeguard the health of staff, their families, and visitors to the office, the Synod has implemented a mandatory vaccine policy for employees. Visitors to the office are also required to provide proof of vaccination. 

In addition, United Lutheran Seminary currently requires all persons, vaccinated or not, to wear a mask inside ULS buildings. 

This guidance will be updated as conditions require. 

Link: COVID Policy for Synod Staff

Link: ULS Coronavirus FAQ 

Questions: Contact Ms. Yvonne Curtis, Director of Operations, bishop at sepa dot org. 

Updated: September 27, 2021


2021 Office Closings and Holidays

New Year’s Holiday Observed (Jan. 1)
Dr. Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 18) Presidents’ Day (Feb. 15)
Good Friday (April 2)
Easter Monday (April 5)
Monday after Synod Assembly (April 26) Memorial Day (May 31)
Juneteenth (June 19 – observed June 18) Independence Day (July 4 – observed July 5) Office Closed on Fridays beginning July 2 through Sept. 3 Labor Day (September 6)
Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 25)
Day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 26)
Day before Christmas Eve (Dec. 23) Christmas Eve (Dec. 24)
Christmas Day (Dec. 25 – observed Dec. 27)


Inclement Weather

If the decision is made to close the office for the day, all employees will be notified via text message between 6:00-7:00 a.m. Additionally, the following plan MAY be used for office closing during inclement weather:

• When Philadelphia Public and Parochial schools are closed, the synod office MAY close – OR IF –

• United Lutheran Seminary Philadelphia campus is closed (School Identification # 252 announced on KYW1060 AM News Radio), the synod office MAY close. A final determination regarding closing will come via text message from the Director of Operations.