2021 Fall Theological Conference Seasons of Life: The Psalms on Grief and Gratitude September 27, 2021 at Ruttger's Sugar Lake Lodge
Changed to a one-day, online ONLY event Monday, September 27.
A Message from Northeastern Minnesota Synod: Due to increased concerns regarding the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, the Fall Theological Conference will be moved to an all on-line event. We will gather via zoom on Monday, September 27, 2021, with check-in beginning at 8:30 am and learning sessions commencing from 9:00–4:00 pm. We know that this is disappointing for many, however, the well-being and safety of our synod ministers and leaders is of the utmost importance. We are grateful that the Rev. Dr. Kathryn Schifferdecker is prepared to shift for an on-line presentation as she continues to walk with us through the seasons the Psalms describe. Ruttger’s Sugar Lake Lodge has graciously offered to refund reservations for those who have already sent in their payment. If you registered using a credit card, Ruttger's will credit you for the full amount right away. If you paid by check, Ruttger's will send you a check for the full amount within a week. Because we still need to cover the costs incurred for putting on a one-day on-line event, you are invited to attend for a reduced rate of $75. Checks should be made out to the Northeastern Minnesota Synod and sent to the synod office at 1105 East Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802. Pastor Rollie Bockbrader will change your Eventbrite registration to a Zoom/online one; if you do not wish to participate via Zoom, please let him know. If you have not registered, please do so through Eventbrite and Pastor Rollie. We know that one sign of a healthy leader is engagement in continuing education and gathering with colleagues in shared experiences. We hope to see as many of our rostered leaders, SAMS and Youth & Family Directors as possible at this event. Because we will not conclude the event with an in-person worship service with Holy Communion as we usually do, Bishop Odgren will provide a recorded sermon, a written manuscript and accompanying liturgy based on the texts chosen had we gathered in-person. These resources will be available to you on our website for use at another time when you might feel the need of such support. Look for more Fall Theological Conference details in upcoming communications.
The 2021 Fall Theological Conference (FTC) will be led by the Rev. Dr. Kathryn Schifferdecker who is on the Luther Seminary faculty in St. Paul. The FTC is for rostered ministers and spouses, SAMs and directors of youth & family ministry in the NE MN Synod. We will explore seasons of life as described by the Psalms – times of grief and gratitude and the conviction of the psalmists that in every season and circumstance, our lives are inextricably bound up with God’s life. Click here for more information.
There will be only one way to participate in FTC. - Online on Zoom. Cost is $75. Register at Eventbrite or through Rollie.Bockbrader@nemnsynod.org . checks may be sent to the Synod Office.
Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine At the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, voting members designated June 17 as a commemoration of the martyrdom of the Emanuel 9—the nine people shot and killed on June 17, 2015, during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. On the Sunday closest to June 17 each year, ELCA congregations in NEMN Synod join our siblings in Christ from the AME Church to host Commemoration of Emanuel 9 Sunday. Resources for this Sunday are compiled by Together Here Ministries.
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will be with us during the Friday evening session of this year's Synod Assembly, on April 30. We welcome Presiding Bishop Eaton to our synod! [At this time we do not know if she will be with us in person or virtually.]
Purpose Statement of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod
The purpose of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod is to nurture a Christ-centered climate conducive to healthy, mission-focused congregations and their ministries throughout the world!
Synod Smart Team Meeting Tuesday, August 31
The Synod COVID Smart Team hosted an Open Meeting. Click on the YouTube video to watch it. In the midst of rising new case numbers in many of our communities, this meeting may be helpful to congregations as they prepare for the fall schedule.
Talking Points on ELCA Social Teaching Regarding Vaccination During a Pandemic
Click on this link for a two-page document prepared by Dr. Roger Willer, Director for Theological Ethics, Office of the Presiding Bishop. It contains talking points on issues regarding religious objections to required vaccinations and vaccination requirements by Institutions affiliated with the ELCA.
This summer Dialog Works, and Wartburg Seminary offered the first of four courses in series entitled Engaging God’s Future. These continuing education courses have been designed and developed through conversations with lay leaders, clergy, and synodical representatives. The goal is to build the courage, confidence, and capacity of the leaders of congregations under duress. Discerning God's Leading, Discovering a Shared Future On October 7th, the second course in the series will begin meeting. Participants will learn and develop skills for entering and leading a congregation discernment process. The course will provide facilitation and leadership tools, teach focused conversations, and introduce narrative mediation as an approach to conflict.
Annual Meetings during COVID-19? Are you wondering if you can have a remote, virtual annual meeting, and how to do it, please check the Online Reflections for a video and PowerPoint by Pastor Rollie Bockbrader, Synod Secretary, on the topic. You can contact him with questions and for more information. Check here to email him.
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