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Going Past Safe: Disciple, Develop, Release

January 14, 2013 @ 11:00 am - January 15, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

| $200
Going Past Safe '13

Dreaming  Dreams, Releasing Vision

“And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.”  Joel 2:28, NIV

Come experience the outpouring of the Spirit through energizing worship and engaging words.

Our Goals 2013:

  1. Increase capacity for leadership development
  2. Enhance discipleship practices
  3. Create Space for young & diverse voices in workshops and worship
  4. Introduce participants to coaching

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Guest Speakers:

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January 14 2013 11AM-6PM

  • 11-12:30 Registration, Welcome & Lunch
  • 12:30-2:00 Plenary  Forming and Reforming Faith Communities, Pastor Yehiel Curry of Shekinah Chapel, ELCA
  • 2:15-3:30Breakout Sessions
    1. Developing Young Preachers
    2. Coaching as a tool: Faith Formation with Young Adults
    3. Leadership Development
  • 3:45-4:25 Group Reflection 
    • Option 1) Speed Coaching – experience the benefits of coaching with experienced coaches
    • Option 2) Use time to reflect on your own
  • 4:30 Worship & Sending Blessing
    Shekinah Chapel Musicians  Gospel style worship
    Yehiel Curry, preacher

January 15,2013 8-1:30

  • 8:15-8:55 Bible Study
  • 9-10:00 Plenary Transformational Leadership, Ana Garcia, Executive Director  Gamaliel Foundation
  • 10:15-11:30Breakout Sessions
    1. Preaching Circle: What is it and “how to” guide
    2. Coaching as a tool: Unlocking your teams collective power
    3. Coaching as a tool: Faith Formation with Young Adults
  • 11:30  Worship
    Faith/Santa Fe Musicians Latin, Afro-Carribean style worship
    Reverand Trayce Stewart, preacher
  • 12:30 Lunch & Sending Blessing

Hotel Information

We have negotiated a reduced rate of $99/night at the Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West (2303 North Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa, WI. Phone: (414) 257-3400) Guests should make reservations under room block “Going Past Safe.” All rooms are double queen beds @ $99/night. These special room rates run January 13th, 14th, and 15th.


Speaker Bios

Ana Garcia

Veteran community organizer Ana Garcia-Ashley has become the new Executive Director of the Gamaliel Foundation—the first woman of color in America to head a national community organizing network. Garcia-Ashley replaces outgoing director Gregory Galluzzo.

“Many Americans are hurting right now—spiritually, economically, and politically. For such a time as this we have been trained and called,” Garcia-Ashley said. “I believe that Gamaliel has the skills, the courage, and the commitment we need today to help give people of every race and background the chance to thrive.”

Born in the Dominican Republic in 1958, Garcia-Ashley was just four years old when she began canvassing in a rural village as part of a public safety campaign headed by her grandmother, a neighborhood activist. Following the assassination of dictator Rafael Trujillo, Garcia-Ashley and her family fled the political violence in the Dominican Republic. They settled in New York City.

Garcia-Ashley began organizing in 1981 after graduating from the University of Colorado in Denver. Deeply interested in the intersection of politics and faith, Garcia-Ashley also attended the Iliff School of Theology. She joined Gamaliel in 1992 as the lead organizer of MICAH in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she led one of the most successful campaigns in Gamaliel’s history: winning a $500 million commitment from local banks to invest in affordable housing. As a result, 7,000 low-income families in Milwaukee were able to buy homes. Garcia-Ashley also founded Gamaliel’s statewide Wisconsin affiliate, WISDOM.

“Ms. Garcia-Ashley’s performance at MICAH and WISDOM, and her roles on the Gamaliel national staff have made her a rising star in the field of community organizing,” said Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director of the Center for Community Change. “She is also the only woman of color in the role of executive director among the major, long-standing congregation-based networks.”

“Ana’s arrival at this position as a naturalized citizen and a woman of color is a breathtaking shift for community organizing in America,” said Rev. David Bigsby, president of the Gamaliel National Clergy Caucus. “She is real, patient, passionate, and has a deep personal faith that will guide her in this position.”

Garcia-Ashley splits her home life between Franklin, Wisconsin, and Atlanta, Georgia. She is married, has two daughters attending college in the Atlanta area, and is a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Atlanta.

The Gamaliel Foundation is a non-partisan grassroots network of faith-based organizations in 19 U.S. states, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Gamaliel answers God’s call for justice by working to address the root causes of poverty, racism, and intolerance.

Yehiel Curry

Yehiel Curry received his B.A. in Psychology from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL in 1995. Immediately after college he provided mental health counseling and case management to youth and adults with a concentration on the impact of drugs, violence and poverty on communities.

His dedication to his church and obedience to the will of God led him to serve as lay Mission Developer /Pastor of Shekinah Chapel Lutheran Church in Riverdale, IL in 2007. Pastor Curry was ordained on April 26, 2009 after successful completion of the Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM), an alternative ordination program of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), where ministry and education happen simultaneously. Pastor Curry enrolled in the Masters of Divinity program in 2009 at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. He is scheduled to graduate June 2013.

Pastor Curry serves as a board member and Camp Director for Safe In My Brothers Arms (S.I.M.B.A) Camp in New Era, Michigan for African-American boys ages 8-17. Pastor Curry serves as the founder and advisor of Riverdale Organized for Change (ROC), a community organization that recently secured a 7.9 million dollar loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to replace Riverdale’s antiquated sewer system.

Pastor Yehiel Curry is married to Lashonda Curry, his wife of 17 years. They have 3 daughters, Shemiah 19, Ashirah 15, and Shekinah 14.

Helen Harms

Helen Harms is Coordinator of Coaching and Natural Church Development for the ELCA. She has been actively coaching both individuals and teams for over 10 years. She has learned that through coaching lives can be changed and the church can be changed. She often remarks, “be a coach, have a coach”. Harms is an Associate in Ministry and lives in Wheeling, WV.

Sue Gaeta

Born in Seoul, Korea, Sue was raised in the metropolitan New York area. Seeking a place where people knew what a Lutheran was, she attended Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN, and graduated with a degree in social work. Sue joined LVC and served as volunteer coordinator at the Luther Place N Street Village Night Shelter in 1993-94. Following LVC and a short retail career, Sue became a computer consultant and trainer. She attended Trinity Lutheran Seminary and was ordained a Lutheran pastor in 2003. Before joining the LVC staff, Sue served as the pastor of Divine Word Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI. She is a member of the ELCA’s Congregation-based Organizing Team (CBOT) and recently finished three years of service as the president of the Gamaliel National Clergy Caucus, one of the largest networks of religious community organizing in the U.S.

Wyvetta Bullock

Assistant to the Presiding Bishop
Executive for Administration

Wyvetta Bullock is originally from Philadelphia, Tennessee. She has served on the churchwide staff of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 1988. From 1995 until 2005 she served as executive director of the Division for Congregational Ministries. Wyvetta served as Executive for Leadership Development from 2005-2007 and currently serves as Assistant to the Presiding Bishop/Executive for Administration, in the Office of the Presiding Bishop.

Wyvetta is an ELCA pastor. She received her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). Wyvetta received the Distinguished Alumni Award from LSTC in February, 2003. In April, 2004 she was conferred with the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Grand View College, Des Moines, Iowa.

Wyvetta served a parish in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She serves as a pastoral associate at her current congregation, Bethel Lutheran Church, Chicago, Illinois. Wyvetta is founder and CEO of Equipping Leaders Ministries, Inc.

Wyvetta is a contributing author to two books: The Evangelizing Church: A Lutheran Contribution, Called Out of Our Comfort Zones, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Spring 2005; and The Missional Church & Denominations: Helping Congregations Develop a Missional Identity, The Challenge of Developing Missional Denominational Agencies and the Implications for Leadership, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2008.

Wyvetta and her husband, Neil, have two children: David and Karen Ann.

Trayce Stewart

In May of 2011 Trayce graduated with her Master of Divinity degree. She was then ordained on August 14th into Christian ministry by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Trayce has been blessed to serve on several denominational and ecumenical boards including the STEP Lead Team, the Young Adult Commission of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Council on Ecumenical Student Christian Ministry, the Executive Committee of the World Student Christian Fellowship and several others. Trayce has also served as co-director of the Bethany Summer Enrichment Program and Young Warriors and most presently as an associate minister. Trayce has served Hiram Christian Church, New Light Christian Church and presently Augusta Christian Church in a variety of capacities.

Her favorite scripture is 1 Timothy 4:12-16, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.”