Entering the Narrow Gate

This year-long spiritual formation program, hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church, is open to anyone who would like to explore the classic elements of monastic, spiritual and contemplative life — to discover how this ancient wisdom, learning and spiritual practice might be understood and lived in new settings and life today.  Contact Trinity’s Kris Baker 616.949.2510, x 110 or program facilitator Sister Nancy Brousseau 616.560.4580 for more info.

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Institute of Liturgical Studies Seminar Series

In lieu of the annual spring conference and due to COVID-19, Valparaiso University’s Institute of Liturgical Studies will be offering a series of virtual seminars in February, March and April with an optional worship service following each event.

The first seminar in the series will be held February 4, 2021 at 8pm ET.

Holy God, Wholly Human: Language In Preaching and Worship

This guided conversation with The Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery will consider liturgical and homiletical language for God and humanity, including issues surrounding gender, race, suffering, hope, death and resurrection. During the conversation, participants will be able to submit questions to Dr. Powery via a moderator.

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ELMM: The Gospel of John

Although sharing with the other New Testament gospels the same basic outline of the story of Jesus, the Fourth Gospel pushes the account of his life all the way back before creation and divides the narrative of Jesus’ life into the Book of Signs and the Book of Glory. The “I am” sayings provide unique insights into who Jesus is for us, and the importance of believing reminds us how the Holy Spirit works in us.

This course will be led by Professor Wally Taylor and will be held February 5-6, 2021 via Zoom.​

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Ignite the Church Conference – February

This year, the Ignite the Church Conference will be moving to monthly webinars focused on the theme “Adapting to a New Reality: Living into a Fresh Vision for God’s Church.” Monthly webinars focus on key areas:

February 18, 2021 – Justice and the Common Good

March 18, 2021 – Hybrid Community: Virtual & In-Person

April 15, 2021 – Creative Expressions of Church

More information is available at www.IgniteTheChurch.net

All conference proceeds are donated to the ELCA Fund for Leaders. Last year’s gift to future leaders totaled $6000.

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ELMM: The Letters of Paul

In his letters and in his personal witness the Apostle Paul gave the early church—and us—the theological grounding that is still the foundation of what we believe and teach about Jesus. His language about the cross, justification, baptism, and resurrection was at the heart of his ministry, of the Reformation in the sixteenth century, and is at the center of the Lutheran Church today.

This course will be led by Professor Wally Taylor and will be held February 26-27, 2021 via Zoom.​

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Ignite the Church Conference – March

This year, the Ignite the Church Conference will be moving to monthly webinars focused on the theme “Adapting to a New Reality: Living into a Fresh Vision for God’s Church.” Monthly webinars focus on key areas:

March 18, 2021 – Hybrid Community: Virtual & In-Person

April 15, 2021 – Creative Expressions of Church

More information is available at www.IgniteTheChurch.net

All conference proceeds are donated to the ELCA Fund for Leaders. Last year’s gift to future leaders totaled $6000.

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Ignite the Church Conference – April

This year, the Ignite the Church Conference will be moving to monthly webinars focused on the theme “Adapting to a New Reality: Living into a Fresh Vision for God’s Church.” Monthly webinars focus on key areas:

April 15, 2021 – Creative Expressions of Church

More information is available at www.IgniteTheChurch.net

All conference proceeds are donated to the ELCA Fund for Leaders. Last year’s gift to future leaders totaled $6000.

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