On this page you will find the resources that were shared during each Together in Mission session. Together in Mission was held on February 13, 20, and 27, 2021

Saturday, February 20

Innovation: Learning from 2020, Leading in 2021
The focus of this workshop was to discuss what 2020 taught us, basic approaches for innovation that can be adapted for any context, and where God might be leading us as congregations in 2021.  Facilitators: the Rev. Matthew Short, the Rev. Carolyn Sellers-Rizzo, the Rev. Delaney Schlake-Kruse.

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Saturday, February 20

Practical Digital Worship and Ministry: Tools for Thriving in 2021 and Beyond
We are living in an exciting time that has catapulted many of us into digital ministry…and yet we might still feel unprepared. We learned paths your congregation (LiveStream, Zoom, Pre-recorded, or Hybrid) can start today as well as some best practices for these digital tools for Worship and ministry. . Facilitators: David Anderson, the Rev. Kelly Nieman Anderson, the Rev. Jennifer Rose, the Rev. Matthew Rose.

Documents for this session – none provided

Exploring Conflict in the Life of the Congregation
Navigating conflict in the course of ministry is both a challenge and an opportunity. We spent our time together exploring our own experience with conflict and what it might reveal to us. What have you noticed when observing conflict handled well? What have you noticed when it wasn’t? What patterns emerge? What are the key areas of conflict you face right now in ministry and how might you engage it? Facilitators: the Rev. Kristin Nielsen and the Rev. Jennifer Arnold.

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Saturday, February 27

Exploring the Journey for Racial Equity: Tools and Talk
As individuals and congregations, we are at different places on a journey toward becoming anti-racist. We worked with a tool to look at and talk about our place in the Fear Zone, Learning Zone, or Growth Zone. We then explored possible resources and tools for ourselves and our congregations to grow within a particular zone and beyond in our continuing journey toward racial equity. Facilitators: Dr. Joyce Caldwell and the Rev. Marilyn Miller, Leading for Racial Equity, LLC.

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Trauma and Ministry: Implications for 2021 and Beyond
Trauma: Ourselves and our Congregations
2020 was a year of trauma—globally, nationally and individually.  Some of us have trauma in our history and that made this year particularly difficult.  Trauma is simply the experience of significant psychological distress following any terrible or life-threatening event. Trauma can be a one-time event, a prolonged event or a series of events. Trauma that affects a community, a country, or a church is called collective trauma.  This workshop explored how trauma affects us individually and as a shared experience within our churches. Facilitator: the Rev. Debra Trakel, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with a trauma certification.  Ordained within the Episcopal Church , Pastor Debra has been serving for the last three years as a transition minister in the Greater Milwaukee Synod.

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