We welcome you and a spouse/guest to join us and participate in honoring those who have served the ELCA, in the Northeastern Minnesota Synod. Lunch will be provided on site, and there will be a guest speaker.
September 10 10a.m. - 1p.m.
Please RSVP by calling the Synod Office: 218-724-4424
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
219 N. 6th Ave. E Duluth, MN 55805
Bishop Aitken's Remarks "Our Retired Rostered Leaders, both Pastors and Deacons are precious to the synod and church. Thank you for your years of dedicated and faithful service and for the ways in which you continue to serve. I invite you to be a part of this fellowship, great food, and learning time together. Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen is a deeply respected teacher of the church in our ELCA for her intellect, communication skills, and her deep faith. You will find this topic very interesting! We are fortunate that Pastor Madsen is rostered right here in the Northeastern Minnesota Synod, and has a retreat center near Two Harbors! Hope to see you on September 10, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church!"
Our guest speaker, Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen will be speaking about her soon-to-be-released book, "I Can Do No Other: Social Justice as the Church’s New Here I Stand Moment".
In the book, Madsen discusses the historical and cultural matrix of the Reformation, a matrix which necessarily moved Luther to focus on justification. However, our matrix is not his, and she raises the possibility that we are in a moment where a new Reformation is necessary, one which instead invites us to see that justification necessarily moves us to justice. Both by embracing and rejecting, as well as drawing upon and leaving behind elements of Luther, Madsen encourages Christians to consider that now, we can do no other than to teach, preach, and engage in active, vocal justice-seeking, which may lead to a reformation of Church from seeing works as antithetical to faith instead to seeing them as intrinsic to faith, from quietism to activism, and from reducing the Gospel to forgiveness, instead expanding it to understand that wherever there is death, we are called to be ambassadors of life. Her book can be found (and pre-ordered here: https://fortresspress.com/icandonoother