In Judaism the Sabbath is known as "a palace in time." It is a day in which "the hours do not joust with each other.....a day that ennobles the soul and makes the body wise." Why, when Sabbath is so compelling, is it so difficult to keep? Drawing on the Jewish roots of Sabbath, we reflect on the promise it holds in our time. This workshop is presented by Julie Neraas.
Child sex trafficking is a horrible injustice, and Women of the ELCA has made a strong commitment to ending it. Come learn ideas and best practices, gleaned from congregations using Cherish All Children's mission model: Pray, Educate, Connect, and Act. You will leave with resources to help you get started or deepen what you are already doing to end human trafficking. Presented by Amy Hartman, national director, Cherish All Children, Minneapolis, Minn.
Homelessness is a nationwide problem and ending homelessness is a passion for many Lutheran congregations. Follow Edina Community Lutheran Church's journey to build the first supportive housing for homeless youth and young adults in the suburbs of Minneapolis with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative. You'll learn tips for educating and firing up your congregation about homelessness, the many types of actions congregations can take such as supporting local shelters or drop in centers, ideas for involving your larger community, and practical suggestions on how to partner with an affordable housing development to create housing together. If you're ready to do something about homelessness, this is the workshop for you!
We live our lives at speeds that keep us from noticing and embracing the movement of the Sacred in the midst of the whirlwind. Many people search for a way in which they can stop, be present, take a deep breath to remember the bigger story of which we are all a part. This workshop will provide many ways of engaging with the Spirit that breathes through us and holds us in living the extraordinary in the midst of the ordinary. Presented by Sally Howell Johnson, pastor for worship and spiritual formation, Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, Minneapolis, Minn.
World famous scripture scholar, Mark Allan Powell, explores how well-known Bible stories are understood in Africa, Russia, Latin America and the United States. We will reflect together on what this tells us about how we (and other people) understand the Bible. How does the Bible as "a living Word" speak differently to people in different contexts? See more detail in the January – April 2017 Bible study of Gather magazine. Powell is professor of New Testament, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio.
The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) can seem like a collection of stories about men: fathers, sons and who inherits what--stories that largely leave women on the margins. A closer reading can reveal stories of complex, creative and resourceful women who play incredibly important roles in the biblical narrative. We will revisit key stories about biblical women, think deeply about how we read and understand these stories and discuss the ancient and contemporary matters of being a wife, mother, daughter or sister. Presented by Anna Grunner, executive assistant to the bishop, Saint Paul Area Synod ELCA, Saint Paul, Minn.
In our busy lives, it can be easy to miss the new thing God is doing, as promised in Isaiah. This session you to reflect on the new and holy possibilities emerging in your heart and life while learning a spiritual practice of writing. This workshop is for writers and non-writers alike. We'll explore the promise and the challenges that transformation presents and experience a contemplative practice of noticing and naming that can open the way to a new day. Presented by Karen Hering, author of Writing to Wake the Soul, Saint Paul, Minn.
Dr. Brené Brown describes shame as "the intensely painful feeling that we are unworthy of love and belonging." The truth is that so many people live a life of shame. You are not alone. This workshop will explore how faith, courage and love can provide the antidote to shame. Women will engage in a holistic survey of their lives and create methods for confronting shame head on. Presented by Rozella White, Houston city director, Mission Year, Houston, Tex.
This highly interactive workshop will provide you with the opportunity to explore your own sense of culture, to learn more about what the Intercultural Development Inventory is (and what it isn’t) and to hear about how it can impact both individuals and organizations, including congregations. You’ll learn how many congregations and organizations have incorporated the IDI into their own cultural discovery and their diversity initiatives. Presented by Carrie Carroll, vice president of enrollment and chief diversity officer at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., and Melissa Pohlman, pastor for community ministry at Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minn.
Accompaniment is a model of companionship with our global family that teaches us to walk with each other. Come share time with our international guests representing companion synod relationships around the globe. Hear how we are living accompaniment as our sisters share their ministry stories. Learn how these relationships strengthen our ministry and witness here at home.
This workshop will explore how we can use the “five gifts of discipleship” to live out our faith in daily life. The five gifts of discipleship are the promises we make at baptism, and these gifts will be discussed at length, along with how to use these gifts to see our vocation to be a baptized child of God. We’ll also discuss how to apply these five gifts of discipleship in congregations and within Women of the ELCA. Presented by Brenda Smith, program director, Faith and Book of Faith, ELCA Domestic Mission, Chicago, Ill.
When women gather together, wonderful things happen. How can circles of women act boldly together on Christ’s call to generosity in service and benevolence? Let’s talk about it. We will reflect on inspirational Bible-based stories about women, faith and philanthropy. We will explore money messages and perspectives on abundance versus scarcity. Ignite your passion and joy of giving while celebrating the power of women’s giving and leadership. Presented by Consuelo Gutierrez-Crosby, women’s philanthropy associate, InFaith Community Foundation, Minneapolis, Minn. and Audrey Riley, director for stewardship and development, Women of the ELCA, Chicago, Ill.
Visitation with the dying can be a daunting task. “Should I talk about death?” “Do I touch the person I am visiting?” “What should I pray?” We want to bear witness to Jesus in the face of mortality, but we are not confident that we have what we need to do so. Lake Chelan Lutheran Church has created a beautifully illustrated liturgy called Peace at the Last. This liturgy invites and guides us to accompany with beauty, grace, prayers, and music those who are facing death. In this workshop, you will participate in the liturgy, bless loved ones you would have liked to have accompanied, and be encouraged in the important ministry of visitation with the dying.
Join your friends in “Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations toward a Social Statement” to influence the social statement draft on women and justice. Groups around the United States are using this study from the task force to investigate how women are viewed and treated in our culture and in the Bible and how this affects everyone’s lives. In this workshop, we will explore some topics from the study, such as, sexism, women in the Bible, language for God, and the economic effects of sexism. Come engage in the conversation! The proposed social statement will go before the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly for a vote. Presented by Mary Lowe.