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August 2021

Mediation Skills Training Institute

August 2 - August 6

The Mediation Skills Training Institute, part of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, will be offering Mediation Skills Training Institute (MSTI) on August 2-6, 2021. This will be a hybrid event and will take place in person and via Zoom. The Mediation Skills Training Institute is designed for clergy and other church leaders who want to learn how to deal more effectively with interpersonal, congregational, or other forms of group conflict. More information is available at  Online registration is available now via…

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ELCA Advocacy: Summer School

August 11

Wondering about how advocacy fits into our Christian and Lutheran presence in policy discussions? Session 1 of ELCA Advocacy Summer School will paint a picture of what advocacy is and how advocacy is shaped with a faith foundation, especially as members and affiliates of the ELCA. With discussions, examples, and ways to connect, these 30-minute virtual sessions will be held Wednesdays, beginning August 11 at 2 p.m. EDT. Register Now.

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September 2021

Preaching and Climate Change

September 9

“For God so loved the κόσμον (cosmos) that he gave his only son…” (John 3:16). And the Word, through whom all things came into being and without whom not one thing came into being, became flesh and lived among us (John 1:3, 14). God’s love and abundant life, revealed in Jesus Christ, transcends humankind and extends to all God’s good creation. By invitation of our Synod’s Environmental Stewardship Task Force and in response to resolutions adopted at our 2021 Synod…

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“God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday

September 12

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. Learn More. 

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Entering the Narrow Gate

September 16

This year-long program is open to anyone who would like to explore the classic elements of monastic, spiritual, and contemplative life and discover how these learnings and practices might be understood in new settings and life today. This program includes ten sessions from September 2021 to June 2022. Learn More and Register.

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ELMM: Hebrews, James, and 1 Peter

September 17 - September 18

What does it mean to be faithful witnesses when enthusiasm is lagging, people are in need, or Christians are being rejected by their society? Hebrews, James, and 1 Peter provide models of how Christians are able to witness in such situations. Dr. Taylor will also include materials from Ephesians/Colossians (mainly Ephesians) and the Pastoral Epistles (1-2 Timothy, Titus). This learning event is part of Equipping Leaders for Mission and Ministry and will be led by Professor Wally Taylor. This event will…

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Creating & Renewing a Green Team in Your Congregation

September 23

What is a Green Team? Green Teams are groups of three or more people from a spiritual community who join to create healthier communities and a cleaner environment. Green Teams work within the context of their community’s unique culture, history, and theological practices. Green Teams are trusted messengers, mobilizing members for environmental action. Rev. Dr. John Schleicher and Pastor Ellen Schoepf will lead this Zoom event for any interested congregations. The event will be held Thursday, September 23 from 7:00 –…

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October 2021

ELMM: Pastoral Care Assistant Training – Part I

October 2

What do you say when you don't know what to say. Listening with the ear of the heart. This learning event is part of Equipping Leaders for Mission and Ministry and will be led by Professor Rosanne Swanson. This event will take place October 2, 2021 via Zoom. Learn More.

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Calm Beneath the Chaos: An Ecumenical Retreat

October 5 - October 7

We are in a time of chaos: Political divisions, social unrest, and tensions between and within our denominations. We seek together to be well-grounded in our faith and our several callings so that we might hold a calm presence within ourselves and bring it to others. Led by Sister Nancy Brousseau, OP, this ecumenical retreat offers a time of reflection, sharing and conversation. This retreat will be held October 5-7, 2021 at the Augustine Center of the Sacramentine Monastery in Conway, MI. Learn More…

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Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders

October 11 - October 15

The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center will be offering Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders on October 11-15, 2021 via Zoom. This workshop is designed to help church leaders deal more effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. Learn More. Registration is now open and available online at

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