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“Stories From The Heart”
Saturday, March 12, 2016;
8:30am-3:30 pm
Location: First Lutheran Church, Janesville
Fee: $25/30 Including Lunch

Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) is an annual event that includes worship, inspiring presentations and informative, engaging workshops It is designed for congregational lay leaders and pastors.

Our LEAD Event is just around the corner and we are excited about the opportunities it holds for conversation, education, and building connections with other folks from around the Synod. Unfortunately, due to a scheduling snafu, (our mistake, not in any way his) Rev. Everett Mitchell will be unable to join us. He and we are equally disappointed about this, and we will be looking for another opportunity to hear from him. The good news is that Rev. Stephen Marsh, Pastor at Lake Edge in Madison, has graciously agreed to step in for Rev. Mitchell. Pastor Marsh will preach for our worship and then will join me and Rev. Joe Ellwanger in sharing our own Stories From the Heart about the impact racism has had in our own lives and the lives of people we love, and why it is so important to come together, talk about it, and work together for racial justice.

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Stories from the Heart
Our own life experience and stories influence our perceptions of the world around us as well as our understanding of God’s Story and our place in that Holy Story. During our time together, we will have the opportunity to share our own stories in a new way, and hear stories from people we may not have had the opportunity to listen to before, all while reflecting on the all-encompassing Story of God, particularly as we have seen and heard that Story through the person of Jesus, the Heart of God.

Keynote: We’ll begin with an engaging conversation about Issues of Racism with Bishop Mary Froiland, Rev. Everett Mitchell, Senior Pastor of Christ the Solid Rock Church, Madison and Rev. Joseph Ellwanger, Retired ELCA Pastor, Activist and Author.

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On-Line Registration closes on March 8 at midnight. Walk in Registrations will be accepted, but no guarantee that materials and lunch will still be available.

LEAD 2016 Keynote Speakers

Bishop Mary FroilandRev. Mary Froiland was elected Bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin on September 28, 2013. She most recently served as pastor of Luther Valley Lutheran Church, Beloit, Wisconsin, where she served since 2000. Bishop Froiland earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Philosophy from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN in 1979, and a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1985.

Rev. Stephen MarshRev. Stephen Marsh serves as Co-Pastor of Lake Edge Lutheran Church (Madison) and is engaged as a community organizer, activist, writer, and speaker. Stephen is originally from the Chicago area and graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science. He went on to graduate from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, with a Masters of Divinity. He also attended Makumira Theological College in Arusha, Tanzania. He has served parishes in Queens, New York; Chicago, Illinois; and Brooklyn, New York. He served as an Assistant to the Bishop and later as the Bishop of the Southeast Michigan Synod of the ELCA, located in Detroit. Rev. Marsh was a lead writer for Rooted in the Gospel: An African-American Spiritual Experience and is a published writer for The Lutheran magazine. It won't take you long to understand that he has a passion for social justice and a story to tell that comes from the heart for all God's children.

Rev. Joseph EllwangerRev. Joseph Ellwanger marched alongside Martin Luther King Junior, leading 72 members of the Concerned White Citizens of Alabama in a march to the Dallas County courthouse in Selma to demonstrate solidarity with the voting rights demonstrations. Ellwanger is a retired ELCA pastor. He served nine yeas as pastor of an African American congregation in Birmingham Alabama. Then served at Cross Lutheran in Milwaukee, in the central-city African American community, leading the congregation from 95 percent white in 1967 to 75 percent black by 2001. His deep hope is that his words will feed your faith and stroke the fire of courage for that holy struggle of grasping and articulating and living the Gospel—a struggle that never ends while we are on this earth. He is the author of “Strength for the Struggle: Insights from the Civil Rights Movement.” We are excited to tell you that his book will be available to purchase at the event.

The sum of their gifts and experience are too numerous to list here but will be included in the information on the online registration which will open soon.

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