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(Events are listed in chronological order, so be sure to scroll down for more events.)

 


Faith Formation Days for Laity

Sunday, October 04 2020 - 3:00 PM to Sunday, October 04 2020 - 4:30 PM

Sunday’s in October 2020

October 4, 11, 21, 28 - 2020

3:00-4:30pm EDT / 2:00-3:30pm CDT

via Zoom

Weekly topics are:

  • October 4 - Worship 101:  Why We Do What We Do
  • October 11 - Say Her Name: Naming the Witness of Nameless Women in the Bible
  • October 18 - With Glad and Generous Hearts:  a Look at Stewardship of Self, Congregation, and Church
  • October 25 - Telling the Story of Jesus:  Evangelism in the 21st Century 
CLICK HERE to get details for the event, including leaders of the workshop and workshop content.


Advent Lectionary Study and Worship Planning

Wednesday, October 14 2020 - 9:00 AM to Wednesday, October 14 2020 - 10:15 AM

Led by: Rev. Rachel Wrenn and Bishop Kevin L. Strickland
 
Join Professor Rachel Wrenn and Bishop Kevin Strickland for a four-week lectionary study on the Advent texts and opportunity to talk about worship planning. We will meet via zoom October 14, 21, 28 and November 4 from 9:00-10:15am EDT.

Click here to register, or click on the REGISTER button.
 



 
 
Professor Rachel Wrenn
Rachel is a PhD candidate at Emory University and the Instructor of Biblical Studies at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Capital University. She is also an ordained Lutheran pastor in the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). Her academic interests include the Psalms, biblical emotions, preaching, ethnography and embodiment. The first part of her ministry was spent serving small town and rural churches in Minnesota. She misses the prairie sunrises. Her husband, Tim Wrenn, [not cohost Tim] is a Lutheran pastor in Marietta, GA, where they live with their two children and two cats. Rachel enjoys cooking, reading, walking, speaking French, and that holy moment in worship when the acolyte lights the candles. For more, check out her personal website at rachelwrenn.wixsite.com/bible.
 

 


A time for listening and learning: From Racism to Racial Healing

Monday, October 26 2020 - 6:00 PM to Monday, October 26 2020 - 7:00 PM

An event for Rostered Ministers Only...

There are two options for this conversation:

  • Monday, October 12 at 1pm EDT / 12Noon CDT, or
  • Monday, October 26 at 6pm EDT / 5pm CDT

Register on this page and the ZOOM information will be distributed to you immediately.

The ELCA-Southeastern Synod is offering a time for all of our rostered ministers to continue our work on combatting racism. We are honored to have Dr. Catherine Meeks lead us in this conversation. Dr. Meeks will speak with us about the current state of racism in our country and how we as Christian leaders are called into racial healing and justice. These conversations are critical for our synod’s work and your own personal work, as we seek to become a more diverse and just beloved community. Bishop Strickland and our synod leadership strongly urge you to make time to be part of this.

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Catherine Meeks, PhD, is Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing (https://www.centerforracialhealing.org/).  Prior to the center's opening she chaired its precursor, Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. A sought-after teacher, author, and workshop leader, Dr. Meeks brings four decades of experience to the work of transforming the dismantling racism work in Atlanta. The core of her work has been with people who have been marginalized because of economic status, race, gender or physical ability as they pursue liberation, justice and access to resources that can help lead them to health, wellness and a more abundant life. This work grows out of her understanding of her call to the vocation of teacher as well as her realization that all of humanity is one family which God desires to unite.

Dr. Meeks is a frequent contributor to the Facebook page for the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing.


Emotional Spiritual Care in Disaster

Thursday, October 29 2020 - 2:00 PM to Thursday, October 29 2020 - 4:00 PM

Thursday October 29, 2020

2pm Eastern [1pm Central]

Via ZOOM
  
Presenters: LDR Trainers- Dale and Jean Peercy, Pastor Morgan Gordy and Pastor Kevin Massey
 
Disasters come to us in many forms.... natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires…industrial accidents…or biological disasters such as the Covid 19 pandemic... and some sadly are human-caused such as a mass shooting or bombing…  However, it comes, being present and providing emotional spiritual care in a time of disaster is critical.  It’s what we are called to do as church, as children of a loving God called to bear that love out into the world for the sake of our neighbor.  
 
This 2 hour webinar focuses on how to render psychological first aid and provide emotional spiritual care in a disaster.  We will identify the emotional responses associated with the experience of disaster; we will look at how grief and loss impact the emotional response; we will learn about the phases of disaster, the systems that come into being, the activities and partners that resource a disaster response ... and finally, we will learn about rendering psychological first aid in the aftermath of a disaster.  
  
This is the first webinar in a four part series of webinars designed to provide basic skills and an overview of emotional spiritual care in a disaster.    Hope you can come and join us!

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Synod Advent Craft Day

Sunday, November 15 2020 - 3:00 PM to Sunday, November 15 2020 - 5:00 PM

As the season of Advent approaches, we know this will look and feel like a much different Advent than ever before. How can we create beauty as a way to help us pray through the days, give a reminder or hope to someone, and joyfully anticipate the joy of Christ as Christmas? Join in! Everyone is creative and all are invited.
 
This is a hands-on craft day! Crafters, Sunday School teachers, Families… are all welcome to join in. Gather your supplies (a list will be provided after you register) and let’s craft together.
 
Step by step instruction will be given as we make each project.  Here is what you can look forward to creating; an Advent Calendar Prayer Jar, Nativity Story Stones, learn a meditative Zentangle shape, and a few other creative Advent weekly devotion ideas using the Isaiah readings.  You will also receive a downloadable card to color and share.

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