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March 2022

ELMM: Genesis 12-50 and Our Faith Ancestors

March 11 - March 12

Genesis 12-50 and Our Faith Ancestors with Professor George Heider March 11-12, 2022 Via Zoom If you were God, what would you do next? We saw in the first five Bible stories that we humans tend to spoil our relationships and to spoil the world God created, yet God does not give up on us. To break into this mess, God begins to work through individual people to rebuild a world in harmony with God. The stories of Genesis 12-50 begin…

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United Campus Christian Fellowship Open House

March 21

United Campus Christian Fellowship (UCCF), is a new start in the ELCA. It is a multi-denominational, inclusive campus ministry with student involvement on three campuses: Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, and Kendall College of Art and Design. All are welcome to attend an open house on March 21, 2022 from 5:00-7:00pm at Grand Rapids Trinity UMC to celebrate this new ministry and its denominational partnerships. Learn More and RSVP.

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April 2022

Lutheran Men in Mission Bold Gathering

April 2

Lutheran Men in Mission will be holding a their Spring Bold Gathering on April 2, 2022. This virtual event features six speakers: Rev Robert Johnson - Have You Had Your Christian Checkup Lately? Angie Smith - "Journey Transformations" Mark Lubbock - “God Gave YOU Something Important to Share” Pastor Casey Wait - “How We Tell” Pastor Joel Martyn - “Into the Wilderness, Whether You Want To or Not” Julian Dismute - “Equip for Victory” Learn More. Register.

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Holle Speaker Series: Rev. Jim Antal

April 23

The Rev. Jim Antal, a denominational leader, climate activist, author, and public theologian, will speak as part of the Holle Speaker Series on April 23, 2022. Rev. Dr. Jim Antal serves as Special Advisor on Climate Justice to the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. Antal’s book, Climate Church, Climate World, was featured in the Chicago Tribune on Earth Day 2018, and in Christian Century Magazine on Earth Day 2019. Antal received the 2019 Steward of Creation award from the National Religious…

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Institute of Liturgical Studies

April 25 - April 27

Institute of Liturgical Studies will be held April 25–27, 2022 on the campus of Valparaiso University. Under the theme “Kyrie and Gloria in Liturgy and Life,” this year’s plenaries, seminars, workshops, and liturgies will explore: liturgy, music and preaching in the midst of traumas, tensions, and trials; the nature and meaning of assembly; and creative opportunities that emerge during crisis and uncertainty. Learn More and Register.

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Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2022

April 25 - April 27

This year's Ecumenical Advocacy Days are centered around the topic "Fierce Urgency: Advancing Civil and Human Rights". Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2022 calls us into solidarity to restore, protect, and expand voting rights in the United States and to realize human rights around the world. As people of faith, we know each person to be created in God’s image, imbued with dignity and having a voice that demands to be heard, heeded, and treated justly. We arise in unity, holding up a…

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The Association of Lutheran of Arab and Middle Eastern Heritage Virtual Event

April 28

April is Arab American Heritage Month! The Association of Lutheran of Arab and Middle Eastern Heritage (ALAMEH) is hosting an online celebration on Thursday, April 28 at 7:00pm ET. This event will include a discussion of Arab American heritage in the US, advocacy, justice, combating discrimination, and more. The featured speakers are Samer Khalaf, national president of the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee and Jonathan Kuttab, executive director of Friends of Sabeel North America. Register Now.

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CANCELLED: The End of Youth Ministry? with Dr. Andrew Root

April 30

Due to low registration, this event has been cancelled. On April 30, 2022, Dr. Andrew Root, Professor of Youth & Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, will present on his new book, The End of Youth Ministry? and discuss emerging models of youth leadership.

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May 2022

ELCA Seminaries Virtual Discernment Event 2022

May 7

The Seminaries of the ELCA will be holding a virtual Discernment Event on May 7, 2022 from 11:00am-4:00pm ET. This virtual discernment event is aimed at those interested in learning more about the Call and attending Seminary. Learn More and Register. Download Brochure.

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Synod Assembly 2022

May 14

After much prayer, conversation, and discernment from many perspectives, the North/West Lower Michigan Synod’s Conference Deans and Executive Committee unanimously recommended and the members of Synod Council present at the February 2022 meeting unanimously decided that the 2022 Synod Assembly will be held virtually on Saturday, May 14, 2022 via Zoom. Read the full statement. Similar to last year, the 2022 Synod Assembly will be primarily business focused. Therefore, only voting members will be able to register for and participate…

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