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Coming soon: Fall Theological Conference Information.
Power and Boundaries Training event
WHEN: Thursday, August 24th, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
WHERE: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Cloquet, Minnesota
COST: $20 Covers registration, materials and lunch.
Presenters: Pastor Kevin Olson and Pastor Karen Bockleman.
REGISTRATION: CLICK HERE Or call the synod office at 218-724-4424. Attendance for Pastors and Deacons is expected, as always.
We will learn about risky behavior that leads to misconduct.
Our synod office keeps a record of attendance at Power and Boundary Training Events and we file a certificate of completion in your file upon completion of the training.
All rostered leaders are expected to participate in one of these workshops at least every three years.
From Scripture: I Peter 5:2-3
“Tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it – not for sordid gain but eagerly. Do not lord it over those in your charge but be
examples to the flock.”
Words taken from our vows as Rostered Leaders: “Care for God’s people, bear their burdens and do not betray their confidence. So discipline yourself in life and teaching that you preserve the truth giving no occasion for false security or illusory hope…………..Grant that in all things he/she may serve without reproach, that your people may be renewed and your name be glorified in the Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever.”
From Vision and Expectations: “The Evangelical Lutheran church in America has high expectations for those who serve within the ministry of this church. It does so because it recognizes that when offense is given by (a rostered leader) the witness of the gospel may be impaired and the ability to carry out public ministry is threatened.
Bless you in the ministry you have accepted and live out so well by God’s grace,
Bishop Tom Aitken
God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday Sept 10, 2017
Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota has a few projects for God's Work.Our Hands. Sunday. Click here for more information
Bishop Aitken's Message for:
Bishops Online August 14, 2017
Charlottesville, racism and the new life in Christ
For all the blatant hatred and violence, for all the tribalism, small-mindedness and racism imbedded in this past week-end in Charlottesville, I know that racism and prejudice runs deep in this country. Like you, I have been angry and saddened at the death-dealing results of hatred in Charlottesville. The past four days with bishops and spouses of Region 3 took us into racially stereotyped areas of the Twin Cities. Fear and hatred of those who are different from us doesn't happen just in other states, it happens in this state, and in my town and yours. Even in our own hearts.
I realized during the devotions at All Nations Indian Church last Friday that I needed to take my own inventory not simply the inventory of others. I needed to re-learn that racism is not confined to a few individuals but that it is systemic and part of the fabric of our country, and I am complicit in it as well. My own heart needs cleansing; my own eyes need to see more clearly my white privilege. Racism is not confined to those who are holding torches, spewing racial slurs, driving into people and carrying out violence in Charlottesville.
But there is also something else going on in the midst of this evil. The people at Redeemer Lutheran and All Nations Indian Church in Minneapolis, and Zion Lutheran in St. Paul, decided to do evil’s opposite: To work in their neighborhoods to cultivate understanding, peace, and concrete acts of love. The Holy Spirit moves among people, everywhere. We who were joined to Jesus' death and resurrection in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism (Romans 6) have been given this Spirit. It's a gift that is yearning to get used in us, for the purposes of God. It is in you, like yeast in the dough, like the seed in the soil, like a treasure in a field. Let us be bold to use it in our daily conversation. Let us live into God's dream, God's intent, God's Kingdom (reign) and into Jesus' alternate life of courageous love.
This week, I ask you to join me in paying careful attention to the second and third Petition of the Lord's Prayer, the “Jesus” prayer Christians pray daily:
".....Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven....."
And, may it also come through us.
+Bishop Thomas M. Aitken
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