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ELMM: Pastoral Care Assistant Training – Part I

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.

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Calm Beneath the Chaos: An Ecumenical Retreat

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.

The Planning Committee has been monitoring current health and safety concerns. We ask and expect that all participants will be vaccinated before the Retreat. We will wear masks when indoors and in close proximity. We invite you to bring a lawn chair as, weather permitting, we will hold some prayer services and sessions outdoors.

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Addiction & Faith Conference

The Center of Addiction & Faith will hold its third Addiction & Faith Conference October 7-9, 2021 in Bloomington, MN, to give faith communities tools for responding to the addiction crisis. Registration is open for in-person and virtual attendance at www.addictionandfaithconference.com. 

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Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders

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 www.lmpeacecenter.org/all-events.




ELMM: Daniel, Apocalyptic, and the Early Jewish Period

Extreme violence, including death, was used against Jews who disobeyed Antiochus’ edicts by reading the Scriptures, having their children circumcised, and worshipping the God of Israel. These dire circumstances raised profound questions for the people of God. How can God’s people be faithful witnesses in the face of such a catastrophe? What does it mean to hope? And who is God?

This learning event is part of Equipping Leaders for Mission and Ministry and will be led by Professor Kelly Murphy. This event will take place October 15-16, 2021 via Zoom.

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A People of Hope: Until All Are Fed

You’re invited to celebrate World Food Day with “A People of Hope: Until All Are Fed,” featuring Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves.

This online benefit for ELCA World Hunger will take place on Thursday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m. CT. Special guests include the Rev. David Beckmann, who is being honored for his lifelong service to end hunger; the Rev. Rebel Hurd; Willie and Anne Langdji; and the Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla. There will also be performances by Rachel Kurtz, Peter Mayer and the St. Olaf Choir.

As a church, we remain focused on supporting our neighbors near and far as the pandemic continues disrupting and impacting lives. At this event, you will learn about the ways ELCA World Hunger is responding.

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Region 6 Explore Ministry Event

Are you curious where the Holy Spirit might be leading you? Are you feeling a sense of call to serve the church in a new way? Are you wondering about what it takes to become a public leader in the ELCA? Do you feel God’s Spirit tugging or nudging you to explore spiritual gifts, passions, and interests?

If any of these questions resonate with you, consider attending the online Region 6 Explore Ministry Event to learn more about your calling and future ministry leadership.

This event will be held October 22-23, 2021 via Zoom.

The registration deadline is October 20, 2021.

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ELMM: Pastoral Care Assistant Training – Part II

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 23, 2021 via Zoom.

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Autumn Leadership Event

Rostered Ministers are invited to gather for the Autumn Leadership Event on October 26, 2021 from 10am-3pm ET at Immanuel, Mt. Pleasant.

This one day event will include a Service of Remembrance and Loss with All Saints overtones, opportunity for conversation, a boxed lunch, and a presentation by Bishop Satterlee, “Where is Jesus when you preach?”. This presentation is the basis of Bishop Satterlee’s forthcoming book and has been well-received in other synods.

This event is designed to be easily dismantled should COVID-19 make it inappropriate for us to come together. We ask that all those attending wear masks while indoors or in close proximity to others.

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Registration will close October 20, 2021




ELMM: Revelation

We recently took our initial plunge into apocalyptic literature and discovered that the stimulating world of apocalyptic symbols, colors, and numbers can be confusing. Revelation is the only entire book in the New Testament devoted to apocalyptic thought. It is an exciting and challenging book. Revelation has frequently been misused. It has been divorced from its historical setting and understood as a book of secret codes that program how God will act at the end of time. Revelation does tell us how the story will end: It will end with defeat of all evil with God united with God’s people. The exact timetable, however, is not outlined in Revelation (or anywhere else in the Bible). In fact, the author tells us not to read his book as though it were a schedule. Jesus, despite all attempts to predict the end, will come like a thief (16:15). What is painted in the stark colors of Revelation is a series of impressionistic paintings that witness to God’s activity in the past, present, and future.

This learning event is part of Equipping Leaders for Mission and Ministry and will be led by Professor Kelly Murphy. This event will take place November 12-13, 2021 via Zoom.

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