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April 2021

Ignite the Church Conference – April

April 15

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 All conference proceeds are donated to the ELCA Fund for Leaders. Last year's gift to future leaders totaled $6000. Watch Promo Video View Poster    

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Ecumenical Advocacy Days

April 18 - April 21

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.…

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Trinity Seminary’s Nelson Trout Lectures

April 29 - April 30

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.” Learn More.

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May 2021

Synod Assembly 2021

May 15

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…

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Faiths4Vaccines National Summit

May 26

On behalf of Faiths4Vaccines, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton invites ELCA rostered ministers and lay leaders to attend the Faiths4Vaccines National Summit on May 26, 2021 from 1 to 4 pm EDT.  Join us at the National Summit for the largest multi-faith gathering to support equitable and far-reaching vaccine distribution in the United States. Faith leaders and faith-based organizations in attendance will receive training, resources and empowerment to engage their communities to ensure equitable vaccine access, combat hesitancy and potentially use…

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June 2021

ELCA Youth Gathering Information Session

June 17

Join our Synod Coordinator Pastor Dan Schewe and our Synod Day Director Megan Floyd for an informational meeting to help plan for next summer's ELCA Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, MN. This meeting will be held June 17, 2021 from 3-4pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids (2700 Fulton St. East, Grand Rapids, MI) and on Zoom. The session will be recorded and available on YouTube for those who cannot attend. If you're interested in attending the meeting via Zoom, contact…

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Hunger and Climate Change Webinar

June 24

“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…

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Webinar: Addiction, Grief & Loss

June 24

The Center of Addiction & Faith is hosting a one-hour free webinar, “Addiction, Grief & Loss, A Conversation with Kelli Nielsen and Gloria Englund," on June 24, 2021 from 12-1pm ET with follow-up 30 minute Zoom discussion. Many of us have lost a friend, family member, or other loved one to addiction. That loss may have been slow or sudden,  but the sense of grief and loss is always deep. The ongoing stigma around addiction and overdose can make a difficult…

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July 2021

Seeking Wisdom and Social Healing in a Time of Division

July 7

In their work with the "On Being" show and the Civil Conversations & Social Healing Project, Krista Tippett and Lucas Johnson have engaged religious and spiritual leaders as well as teachers, neuroscientists and other thought leaders in explorations of wisdom that helps us understand and engage each other as human beings across our differences. In this conversation, they will share some of the insights they have gleaned as a result of listening to and talking with many different people through…

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ELCA Advocacy: August Recess Possibilities

July 22

ELCA Advocacy Staff will hosting a 30-minute virtual check-in to discuss opportunities to interact with policymakers in your locality and on current priority issue updates. Most years, the U.S. Congress recesses for the month of August. Senators and representatives return to their state and/or congressional district and reconnect with constituents. This is a great opportunity for local advocates to ask questions and share concerns. Additional background can be found in the "August Recess Guide." Including opportunity for question and answer time…

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