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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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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Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD), happening April 18-21, is especially accessible (and affordable!) in 2021 because the National Gathering and Lobby Day is virtual. EAD has been meaningful for many Lutherans who take the advocacy opportunity and bring back the skills to multiple contexts.

#EAD2021, with the theme: “God’s Earth and People Restored,” is a time of process and issue learning, worship, as well as Capitol Hill virtual visits with policymakers on climate impacts due to historic racial and colonial inequities. In addition to being a sponsor, leaders from ELCA advocacy staff will present workshops at this event.

  • Register and find additional info at advocacydays.org.
  • Scholarships for young adults (age 18-35) affiliated with ELCA congregations and ministries are available! Contact karen.krueger@elca.org for promo code.
  • Early-bird rate available until April 8 (extended).
  • Networking opportunity for Lutheran participants planned.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry of The Episcopal Church is scheduled to preach at the opening worship service, launching those new and experienced in advocacy toward centered, invigorating EAD offerings and experiences.

Trinity Seminary’s Nelson Trout Lectures

Trinity Seminary’sNelson W. Trout Lectures will be held April 29-30, 2021 and will feature the Rev. Dr. Beverly Wallace. This year’s theme is “Do You Want to be Well? ‘Cause Wholeness Ain’t No Trifling Thing: The Necessity of Healing Work in Theological Education for Authentic Diversity.”

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Synod Assembly 2021

Given the ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, many events continue to be held differently than in past years. For the 2021 Synod Assembly, Synod Council has approved a virtual assembly, which will be held on May 15, 2021 via Zoom.

Due to its virtual nature, this year’s Synod Assembly will be primarily business focused. Therefore, only voting members will be able to register for and participate in the Zoom meeting. All non-voting members and visitors are invited to watch the Synod Assembly via livestream on social media. More information is available on the Synod Assembly Page.

Hunger and Climate Change Webinar

“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God…” (Romans 8:19)


God’s handiwork ties us together with all of creation, from the abundant blessings we enjoy to the many ways we depend on the health of the land and water. As our climate continues to change, more frequent and more severe droughts, flooding, and changing growing seasons all remind us of this relationship and the threat that a changing climate poses for communities around the world. This threat is expected to drive nearly 100 million more people into poverty this decade alone.

The North/West Lower Michigan Synod’s Hunger Team and Environmental Stewardship Task Force will be joined by Ryan Cumming, Ph.D., Program Director for Hunger Education with ELCA World Hunger for a conversation about climate change, poverty, hunger — and the many ways God is at work in the United States and around the world. This webinar will be held Thursday, June 24 at 6:30pm. 

Together, we will learn more about the climate’s impact on hunger and poverty; hear stories of ministries accompanying farmers, migrants, and others impacted by climate events; and share ways the church can work together for a just world —including climate justice — where all are fed. 

Registration information will be coming soon. For more information about this event, contact Erick Johnson, Hunger Team Chair at erickj74@gmail.com.

“God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday

Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 12, 2021 when congregations of the ELCA will come together for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. Our church continues to live through the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical distancing has changed the way we worship and serve. But the need is great, and God’s church is at work.

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