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August 2020

ELCA Growing Young: Train the Trainer Virtual Gathering

August 10 - August 11

The ELCA Faith Formation Team and The Fuller Youth Institute invite you to the 2020 ELCA Growing Young Train the Trainer Virtual Gathering. August 10-11, 2020 11:00 am-5:30 pm Central Time Registration is now open and closes on August 1, 2020. Register Now. You will receive an immediate confirmation if you submit the form correctly. Learn More: What We Know We share a love and calling for the church and young people We desire deeper connections and networking with other…

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Learning with the Bishop: Grief & Loss in Congregational Systems

August 22

Grief is a complex experience that includes emotional, social, spiritual and physical dynamics. It is our common human response to loss.  In this time of change, uncertainty and upheaval, many are dealing multiple losses both individually and as congregations which result in grief upon grief. Join us at 11:00 am ET on Saturday, August 22, for a one hour Zoom conversation about grief and loss in this unsettled time led by Bishop Michael Girlinghouse of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod and author of Embracing…

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Amazing Star Gazing

August 26

What’s so Amazing that Keeps us Stargazing? Wednesday’s – August 26 & September 2 & 9, 2020 8 p.m. EST For nearly sixty years, the marvels of God’s universe have been a source of joy and wonder for Pastor Bruce Booher. You are invited to join him for a three session Zoom event to explore some of these marvels and consider how they can inspire faith and awe. There will be links and resources to help you continue to explore…

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September 2020

Entering the Narrow Gate

September 1, 2020 - June 1, 2021
Trinity Lutheran Church Grand Rapids, 2700 Fulton St E
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States
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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. Download Brochure Register Now

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ELMM: The Writings

September 18 - September 19

September 18-19, 2020 Via Zoom ​Professor George Heider ​The third major section of the Jewish Scriptures (after the Torah and the Prophets) is "the Writings", a grab-bag of books that either didn't fit logically into the first two categories (like "wisdom literature") or were likely among the last written. Yet in this bag are some of the most important books in the Christian Old Testament (like Psalms) and some of the most beloved (like Ruth and Esther). We will look…

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ELCA Creation Care Ambassador Training

September 18

Americans are growing more concerned about climate change. As they witness and experience impacts to their health, livelihoods, and communities, they are increasingly looking for guidance on solutions, from people in their daily lives – including faith leaders like you. This virtual training will equip you with the knowledge, hands-on experience, and resources to speak and act confidently on climate change and solutions. With this training, and a cohort of like-minded leaders, you will be able to engage your congregations…

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October 2020

ELMM: Community Catalyst Training – Part 1

October 3

Part I - October 3, 2020 ​Part II - October 31, 2020 Via Zoom ​Pastor David Sprang ​Jesus did his ministry in the community. He went to the synagogue on Sabbath, but most of the time he was out with people. And for much of that time, it was people on the margins, people left out, and people shunned. The church as Community Catalyst is learning how to listen to the community, accompany them on their road of life, and help…

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ELMM: The Gospel of Mark

October 9 - October 10

October 9-10, 2020 Via Zoom Professor Wally Taylor ​In the Gospel of Mark, we are always "on the way". But on the way to where? We will explore that question as we survey the gospel and its major themes: good news, kingdom of God, Son of God, passion predictions, misunderstanding disciples, status degradation, and the cross. Learn More and Register.

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Bringing Polarities into Balance: Virtual Autumn Leadership Event

October 26 - October 27

Bringing Polarities into Balance: Virtual Autumn Leadership Event It is difficult to move forward faithfully when life seems to be reduced to one choice between opposing sides. Living in between pre-COVID and post-COVID times (called liminal space), has polarized people more than ever and continues to deepen the divide in society itself.  One way forward is to learn to balance opposites in healthy ways for ourselves, our churches, and our society. This retreat will teach tools to manage polarities and open…

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ELMM: Community Catalyst Training – Part 2

October 31

Part I - October 3, 2020 ​Part II - October 31, 2020 Via Zoom ​Pastor David Sprang ​Jesus did his ministry in the community. He went to the synagogue on Sabbath, but most of the time he was out with people. And for much of that time, it was people on the margins, people left out, and people shunned. The church as Community Catalyst is learning how to listen to the community, accompany them on their road of life, and help…

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