LEAD 2016: UPDATE!
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.
LEAD 2016 Brochure
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.
Registration Now Open!
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
Rev. 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.
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 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