28
January
8:30 am — 3:30 pm
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, W156 N8131 Pilgrim Road, Menomonee Falls
$15.00
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Together in Mission

January 28, 2023
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

We’re excited to welcome our partners from Gold Enterprises who will share with us their initial reflections coming out of the Authentic Diversity survey, and help us consider ways God can move us forward in this important work.

We will also hold a variety of workshops that will explore how we can grow and be more intentional in various dimensions of congregational ministry related to this work. Participants will have the chance to take part in focus groups and in a unique photography / storytelling project.

Looking to register?  Our online registration has closed, but you are welcome to register at the door on Saturday.  The registration fee of $15 goes towards defraying event expenses.  Due to catering deadlines, in-person registrations do not include lunch.  Please bring your own lunch – or, pick up a list of local restaurants at registration.

Agenda

FRIDAY:
2:00 Focus Group – For BIPOC Rostered Ministers
4:00 Focus Group – For LGBTQIA+ Rostered Ministers

SATURDAY:
8:30 Worship
9:30 Introductory Comments
9:45 Break
10:00 Initial Reflections from Authentic Diversity Surveys
11:45 Lunch and Conference Meetings
1:15 Workshops & Focus Groups A (choose one workshop or focus group)

Workshops
Facilitated conversations in which we will explore how we live into authentic diversity in relationships to these various areas of ministry.

Communication
Worship and Music
Children, Youth, and Family Ministry
Adult Education
Personnel Policies and Administration
Call Process/Transitions

Focus Groups
For BIPOC Lay leaders
For LGBTQIA+ Lay Leaders

2:30 Workshops & Focus Groups B (choose one workshop or focus group)

Workshops
Facilitated conversations in which we will explore how we live into authentic diversity in relationships to these various areas of ministry.

Communication
Worship and Music
Children, Youth, and Family Ministry
Adult Education
Personnel Policies and Administration
Call Process/Transitions

Focus Groups
For members of urban congregations
For members of rural and suburban congregations

Focus Groups

Focus groups will be small gatherings of 10-12 people and provide a safe space for participants to share their stories related to racism, discrimination, and exclusion in the life of this church. These groups will be facilitated by consultants from Gold Enterprises and will help guide our work as we identify the practices, policies, and structures that need to be re-examined and changed. If you identify as a part of one of the focus groups, please choose that group as your option for that time slot.

Photo Storytelling Project

At this event, we will be joined by “A Peace of My Mind,” a unique photo-storytelling project. Participants will answer a simple open-ended question (to be provided in January ahead of the event) in 25 words or less. Then, the photographer will take a portrait, and overlay your words on top of your picture. We strongly encourage you to be a part of this, as the final product will really showcase the breadth of wisdom in our synod! You will also receive a digital copy of the portrait, with your words overlaid, for free. See examples of past projects that are similar here.

Help Us Spread the Word!

Visit our Google Drive folder to access resources to make it easier to invite your congregation to participate in Together in Mission — including pre-written newsletter and social media copy, bulletin inserts, a video/display slide, and graphics sized for email and social media.

Details

Date:
January 28
Time:
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cost:
$15.00