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November 2020

12
November
6:30 pm — 8:00 pm
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2020 Next Steps For Digital Engagement and Evangelism

Thursday, November 12th, 2020 6:30-8:00 PM As we all continue to live into the reality that digital ministry is here to stay, let’s gather our collective wisdom! In this session, we’ll discuss how to move from one-way content creation to the formation of community in the digital space.We will share learnings with each other, talk about next steps, and find encouragement in our common mission.Come ready to share what you have tried, name what you hope to learn, and benefit…

17
November
6:30 pm — 7:30 pm
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Webinar on Virtual Congregational Meetings

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 6:30-7:30 PM Many congregations are looking ahead to their annual meeting and asking how to conduct such meetings in an online or hybrid fashion. In this free webinar, representatives from the office of Davis & Kuelthau, the synod’s attorney, will be present to provide an overview of how to conduct an electronic congregational meeting, and several pastors and congregational leaders who have recently done this will be available to give some practical pointers. Participants are also…

22
November
3:00 pm — 4:30 pm
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A Conversation: Curiosity and Compassion for the Diversity of Place

Opportunity from the Greater Milwaukee Synod Anti-Racism Team Sunday November 22, 2020 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.   The Greater Milwaukee Synod lives out its mission in diverse places: rural, small town, village, suburban, and urban. This is holy ground, and each type of community has its gifts and challenges. We may have differences that are grounded in our place, but we can also discover commonalities that reach across place. We will practice using two of our GMS core values, curiosity and compassion, in this conversation…

December 2020

18
December
12:00 pm — 1:00 pm
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2020 UN Migrant Day

2020 UN Migrant Day: A Webinar Celebrating Black Migrants 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, December 18, 2020 download the flyer Participants Include: Rev. Paul Erickson, Bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod Pastor Kelly Nieman Anderson, Chair GMS Immigration Task Force Pastor Albert Starr, Director ELCA Ethnic Specific and Multicultural Ministries Pastor Lamont Wells, President of the African Descent Lutheran Association Ms. Giovana Oaxaca, ELCA Migration Policy Director Agenda Welcome  and Opening Prayer – Bishop Paul Erickson Message from Ethnic Specific…

January 2021

16
January
9:00 am — 10:30 am
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2021 Pre-Assembly Forum

January 16, 2021 9 am   We are offering a pre-assembly forum for voting members of the Special Assembly on January 16 from 9:00-10:00 am to allow for questions and discussion of the items on the agenda introduce the voting software share how our online meeting will work Learn more about this form for voting members of the January 23, 2021 Special Assembly here.

18
January
5:00 pm — 7:00 pm
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Lighting a Candle: A Journey with Black Migrants

Come learn more about the realities of human trafficking with a viewing of the documentary, “Break the Chain,” and a talkback with one of the people featured in the video. This virtual event is a continuation of our December 2020 UN Migrant Day webinar on Black Migrants.

23
January
9:00 am — 10:30 am
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2021 Special Assembly

Special Virtual Meeting of the Synod Assembly 9 am, January 23, 2021 & Pre-Assembly Forum 9 am, January 16, 2021 To download a one-page PDF overview of the event, click here. To download a PDF of Bishop Erickson’s synod ministry update to the special assembly, click here. To watch a recording of the event livestream, click here.   On December 3, 2020, the Rev. Matthew Schlake-Kruse, Greater Milwaukee Synod Secretary, sent an official notice that Bishop Paul D. Erickson has…

30
January
9:00 am — 12:00 pm
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2021 Faith Partners Leadership Training

Equipping the Faith Community to address the Opioid Crisis and other Substance Use Disorders: Faith Partners Interfaith Two-Part Leadership Training   Who: 2-4 congregational leaders (Clergy, laity, staff) with a recommendation of at least one clergy and lay person from a congregation who can help initiate this ministry or effort. When: Saturday, January 30, 2021 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm AND Monday, February 1, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Where: This is a virtual event. You may…

30
January
4:00 pm — 7:30 pm
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2021 Lutheran Campus Ministry Chili Cook Off

College students are facing a year like no other. The stresses of an ongoing global pandemic and deep political instability combined with increased social isolation and the lack of daily rhythms to ground their lives has made coping with all the usual challenges and transitions of college harder than ever. Which means that they have also needed, more than ever, a church that is willing to reach out to them with a word of hope, a place of community, and…

February 2021

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February
February 1, 2021 6:00 pm — February 3, 2021 8:30 pm
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2021 Faith Partners Leadership Training

Equipping the Faith Community to address the Opioid Crisis and other Substance Use Disorders: Faith Partners Interfaith Two-Part Leadership Training   Who: 2-4 congregational leaders (Clergy, laity, staff) with a recommendation of at least one clergy and lay person from a congregation who can help initiate this ministry or effort. When: Saturday, January 30, 2021 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm AND Monday, February 1, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Where: This is a virtual event. You may…

13
February
February 13, 2021 8:30 am — February 27, 2021 12:00 pm
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2021 Together in Mission

Together in Mission is Going Virtual! February 13, 20, 27, 2021   We don’t want to miss a chance to share this event with you so we’ve decided to make this a virtual event this year. We’ve spread the workshops out over 3 Saturday mornings in February and have some great offerings to share with you! You may choose to attend any combination of workshops and we especially hope you’ll join us for our opening worship on February 13 at…

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February
February 13, 2021 8:30 am — February 27, 2021 12:00 pm
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2021 Together in Mission

Together in Mission is Going Virtual! February 13, 20, 27, 2021   We don’t want to miss a chance to share this event with you so we’ve decided to make this a virtual event this year. We’ve spread the workshops out over 3 Saturday mornings in February and have some great offerings to share with you! You may choose to attend any combination of workshops and we especially hope you’ll join us for our opening worship on February 13 at…

13
February
February 13, 2021 8:30 am — February 27, 2021 12:00 pm
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2021 Together in Mission

Together in Mission is Going Virtual! February 13, 20, 27, 2021   We don’t want to miss a chance to share this event with you so we’ve decided to make this a virtual event this year. We’ve spread the workshops out over 3 Saturday mornings in February and have some great offerings to share with you! You may choose to attend any combination of workshops and we especially hope you’ll join us for our opening worship on February 13 at…

March 2021

12
March
6:00 pm — 9:00 pm
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2021.3 Learning & Telling the Story

Learning & Telling the Story: Deconstructing Racism A Workshop for Congregation Teams and Individuals March 12, 13, and 19, 2021 Facilitated by Rev. Marilyn Miller and Dr. Joyce Caldwell Important Information Friday, March 12, 2021 –  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday, March 13, 2021 –  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Friday, March 19, 2021 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm This event will take place remotely via Zoom over three days. Participants must attend all three sessions. You will…

13
March
March 13, 2021 1:00 pm — March 14, 2021 4:00 pm
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2021.3 Learning & Telling the Story

Learning & Telling the Story: Deconstructing Racism A Workshop for Congregation Teams and Individuals March 12, 13, and 19, 2021 Facilitated by Rev. Marilyn Miller and Dr. Joyce Caldwell Important Information Friday, March 12, 2021 –  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday, March 13, 2021 –  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Friday, March 19, 2021 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm This event will take place remotely via Zoom over three days. Participants must attend all three sessions. You will…

19
March
6:00 pm — 9:00 pm
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2021.3 Learning & Telling the Story

Learning & Telling the Story: Deconstructing Racism A Workshop for Congregation Teams and Individuals March 12, 13, and 19, 2021 Facilitated by Rev. Marilyn Miller and Dr. Joyce Caldwell Important Information Friday, March 12, 2021 –  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday, March 13, 2021 –  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Friday, March 19, 2021 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm This event will take place remotely via Zoom over three days. Participants must attend all three sessions. You will…

April 2021

15
April
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
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GMS Anti-Racism Book Study: “So You Wanna Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo

After reading the book “So You Wanna Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo, we invite you to a conversation utilizing guided questions about the book itself, how we might begin to think about the impact it has had on ourselves, and how it might help shape our communities into a world of understanding and caring better for our neighbor. Should you have any questions, please contact either Pastor Dave Schoob (dschoob@trinitywestbend.com) or Intern Tracy Gingrass (interntracy@oursaviorshartland.org). Registration is required for…

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April
April 30, 2021 6:00 pm — May 1, 2021 4:00 pm
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2021 Synod Assembly

Registration for Synod Assembly has now closedNo late registrations (or 'day of' registrations) may be taken. If you have missed the registration deadline, you may watch the assembly (on Facebook Live) but cannot be granted voice or vote. We Form Communities: Gathering as People of the Promise April 30 - May 1, 2021 Virtual Assembly We will be livestreaming Synod Assembly for the general public on Facebook Live starting at 5:45pm on Friday and 8:15am on Saturday:   Watch the…

July 2021

06
July
6:30 pm — 8:00 pm
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2021.7 Faith Partners Leadership Training

Faith Partners Leadership Training Zoom Meeting Tuesday, July 6 th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Please join us to discuss tools and strategies to building congregational support for this important specialized ministry. We learned much from the pandemic on how it affected our mental health, not just for those who already suffered, but its general effect on all of us. We are excited about the Team Training, the second of the three – part team training series, coming up on September 17-18,…

September 2021

18
September
9:00 am — 10:00 am
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Fall Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Congregational Summit

The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Congregational Summit is an opportunity for RIC Congregations and Congregations interested in being RIC to gather and share ideas and get answers to questions.  This year, we will be doing a small virtual Summit, with the hopes that next fall we can once again meet in person. We will be having a discussion on the use of pronouns and the importance of them as well as our general discussions on the ministry of the RIC…

21
September
8:30 am — 1:00 pm
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2021 Navigating Boundaries for Healthy Leadership

Navigating Boundaries for Healthy Leadership is a collaborative learning event for Rostered Ministers. During the course of the day, together we will explore why healthy boundaries are important in ministry, reflect on the guiding principles involved in healthy boundaries, and apply these principles to different aspects of ministry like: starting strong/leaving well, financial management, power and decision-making, role clarity, using social media, and self care. Led by Bishop Erickson and Assistant to the Bishop, Jennifer Arnold, participants will learn from…

28
September
6:30 pm — 7:30 pm
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I’m Curious About…

A monthly virtual gathering of Christians dreaming together about where God is leading the Church. Hear inspiring reflections, connect with others, and take questions and resources back to your congregation. Every voice is welcome! Each month, we will meet to discuss a topic related to the mission we share. Clergy and lay participants will have separate breakout rooms. This event is hosted by the Greater Milwaukee Synod Mission Table. Contact Rev. Matthew Short with questions.

October 2021

26
October
6:30 pm — 7:30 pm
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I’m Curious About…

A monthly virtual gathering of Christians dreaming together about where God is leading the Church. Hear inspiring reflections, connect with others, and take questions and resources back to your congregation. Every voice is welcome! Each month, we will meet to discuss a topic related to the mission we share. Clergy and lay participants will have separate breakout rooms. This event is hosted by the Greater Milwaukee Synod Mission Table. Contact Rev. Matthew Short with questions.

November 2021

05
November
6:00 pm — 9:00 pm
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2021.11 Learning & Telling the Story: Deconstructing Racism (SYNOD-WIDE)

Learning & Telling the Story: Deconstructing Racism A Workshop for Congregation Teams and Individuals Open to All Participants Synod-Wide November 5, 6 and 12, 2021 | Zoom Facilitated by Rev. Marilyn Miller and Dr. Joyce Caldwell   Friday, November 5, 2021 –  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday, November 6, 2021 –  9:00 am – 12:00 pm Friday, November 12, 2021 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm This event will take place remotely via Zoom over three days. Participants must…

06
November
9:00 am — 12:00 pm
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2021.11 Learning & Telling the Story: Deconstructing Racism (SYNOD-WIDE)

Learning & Telling the Story: Deconstructing Racism A Workshop for Congregation Teams and Individuals Open to All Participants Synod-Wide November 5, 6 and 12, 2021 | Zoom Facilitated by Rev. Marilyn Miller and Dr. Joyce Caldwell   Friday, November 5, 2021 –  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday, November 6, 2021 –  9:00 am – 12:00 pm Friday, November 12, 2021 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm This event will take place remotely via Zoom over three days. Participants must…

11
November
7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
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2021 Fall Conference Gatherings via Zoom

Fall Conference Gatherings November 11 and 17 via Zoom The Synod Council and Conference Deans have been holding gatherings this fall to reflect on our mission, vision, and direction as a synod as we prepare for the bishop election in 2022. The in-person gatherings have provided a good opportunity for conference members to reflect together on our strengths over the past 2-6 years and identify areas of challenge, growth, and new opportunities. We want to offer this same opportunity to…

12
November
6:00 pm — 9:00 pm
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2021.11 Learning & Telling the Story: Deconstructing Racism (SYNOD-WIDE)

Learning & Telling the Story: Deconstructing Racism A Workshop for Congregation Teams and Individuals Open to All Participants Synod-Wide November 5, 6 and 12, 2021 | Zoom Facilitated by Rev. Marilyn Miller and Dr. Joyce Caldwell   Friday, November 5, 2021 –  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday, November 6, 2021 –  9:00 am – 12:00 pm Friday, November 12, 2021 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm This event will take place remotely via Zoom over three days. Participants must…

17
November
7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
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2021 Fall Conference Gatherings via Zoom

Fall Conference Gatherings November 11 and 17 via Zoom The Synod Council and Conference Deans have been holding gatherings this fall to reflect on our mission, vision, and direction as a synod as we prepare for the bishop election in 2022. The in-person gatherings have provided a good opportunity for conference members to reflect together on our strengths over the past 2-6 years and identify areas of challenge, growth, and new opportunities. We want to offer this same opportunity to…

30
November
6:30 pm — 7:30 pm
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I’m Curious About…

NEW DAY/TIME! Because of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, our last 2021 discussion will be on Tuesday, November 30 at 6:30 pm. A monthly virtual gathering of Christians dreaming together about where God is leading the Church. Hear inspiring reflections, connect with others, and take questions and resources back to your congregation. Every voice is welcome! Each month, we will meet to discuss a topic related to the mission we share. Clergy and lay participants will have separate breakout rooms.…

January 2022

Something to Say 2022: From Fear to Hope

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, All People’s Church, the organization Race and Faith and the GMS Anti-Racism team invite everyone in the Synod to a time of intentional cross-generational conversations about racism. Over MLK weekend, families throughout the Synod will have an opportunity to join in the conversation through a family movie night, a learning video, some guided discussion, and (new this year) an in-person panel and table discussion. Participants can register as a family unit and participate in as much…

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