On-line registration for this event is now closed, but room is still available! Walk-in registrations are welcome on Saturday, when registration opens at 8:15am.
This is an annual event to support and promote continued lay leadership and fellowship. Our theme this year is The Next Reformation. Presenters include Ana Garcia-Ashley, Rev. Ernie Hinojosa, Kenneth Inskeep, and Rev. Mark Thompson.
The Next Reformation: In this year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we are aware that the church is in the midst of another significant re-formation. 500 years ago, the cry of the reformers was to return the church to its foundation in God’s grace and mercy as expressed in word and sacrament, stripping away all that detracted from this central focus. Today, we are again being called to examine what is essential and what needs to be stripped away so that we can focus anew on the Holy Spirit’s call to create communities of faith and love.
Our panel presentation (moderated by Rhonda Hill) will focus on these three questions:
1. What components are essential to establishing Christian community?
2. What is the Holy Spirit inviting us to do now?
3. How does the institution aid in the Holy Spirit’s work?
Following the panel presentation, we will breakout into smaller groups for deeper discussion of the Next Reformation and these three questions.
The afternoon session will focus on the five Questions for Community Engagement, as raised by Bishop Erickson at our recent Cluster Assembly. (Last fall, and earlier this year, the Bishop held numerous listening sessions to ask people in our congregations about their experiences, hopes and fears. Five questions – based on recurring themes heard at those listening sessions – are now the basis for the Congregational Listening Project, which can be found online at: https://milwaukeesynod.org/congregational-listening-project/.) Whether or not you were able to attend the recent Cluster Assembly, you will find this session informative and inspiring!
8:15am – Registration
8:45am – Worship, with Bishop Erickson preaching
10:00am – Panel presentation – The Next Reformation
11:15am – Discussion of panel presentations
12:30pm – Lunch
1:15 pm – Active Listening as a Way of Understanding Missional Capacity
3:00pm – Sending
Veteran community organizer Ana Garcia-Ashley is the Executive Director of the Gamaliel Foundation — a grassroots network of non-partisan, faith-based organizations in seventeen U.S. states, South Africa and the United Kingdom. The Gamaliel Foundation acts to empower ordinary people to effectively participate in the political, environmental, social and economic decisions affecting their lives.
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 the Gamaliel Foundation 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.
Rev. Ernie Hinojosa
Pastor Ernie Hinojosa currently serves as senior pastor of Rejoice Lutheran Church in suburban Dallas, TX. Before arriving at Rejoice, he served on the church-wide staff of the ELCA as Director for Evangelical Mission deployed to the North Carolina synod. Previous to his position in North Carolina, Ernie served as lead pastor/church planter for the Camino Real Christian Fellowship (ELCA,) and as associate pastor of MacArthur Park Lutheran Church – both in San Antonio, Texas. Ernie is a frequent speaker and resource person in the areas of leadership development, discipleship, and evangelical outreach. He and his wife Jana have three young adult children.
Kenneth W. Inskeep
Kenneth W. Inskeep is the director for Research and Evaluation in the Office of the Presiding Bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has been with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 1988 and has served as director for Research and Evaluation since 1992. Inskeep is a graduate of Trinity College of Deerfield, Illinois (B.A., Sociology, magna cum laude, Alpha Kappa Delta–sociological honor society) (now Trinity International University;) Marquette University of Milwaukee (M.A., Sociology;) and Loyola University of Chicago (Ph. D., Sociology). Prior to his tenure with the ELCA he taught sociology as an Associate Professor at Trinity College. His publications include “Views on Social Responsibility: The Investment of Pension Funds in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,” (Review of Religious Research;) “History of Church Growth Research in Understanding Church Growth and Decline,” David Roozen and Kirk Hadaway, editors; “Giving Trends in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,” Review of Religious Research; and “Chasing Down a Rumor: The Death of Mainline Denominations” with Robert Bacher. In addition to these formal publications, he is the author of many studies on the activities, programs and membership of the ELCA including “The Social and Religious Context of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America” and “The Faith Communities Today Survey of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Congregations.” He has been asked to address the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Conference of Bishops’ Academy on several occasions and on a variety of topics from church growth to “speaking Lutheran” in the contemporary religious context of the United States. In March 2012, Inskeep received the Graven Award (given annually by Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, to a lay Lutheran for service to the community and church.)
Rev. Mark Thompson
Rev. Mark Thompson has worked as an anti-racism trainer for eighteen years, including 5 years as an adjunct faculty member at Wartburg Seminary. Rev. Thompson is currently a Rising Associate with the Kaleidoscope Institute, under the direction of Rev. Eric Law. He has helped to facilitate events in Los Angeles, Wisconsin & Illinois. Following twenty years as a congregational pastor, Rev. Thompson is currently called to develop a congregation (“Breaking the Chains”) at Felmers Chaney Correctional Center – a Wisconsin Department of Corrections facility located in Milwaukee.