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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.

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Put This Date On Your Calendars. A Mailing with details about the workshops (and there are many!) was sent to rostered and lay leaders in congregations.

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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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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.

For over 11 years Rev. Mitchell has been a member of the Dane County community, he has become a dedicated advocate for justice for all, but especially for the underserved and disenfranchised. He has received numerous honors for his quiet and effective efforts toward improving relationships and communication between various diverse groups. He has been awarded the Urban League of Greater Madison’s Young Professional of the Year Award. He has pastored churches of varying denominations, is a former District Attorney and co-editor of the book entitled, “Breaking Silence: Pastoral Approaches to Creating an Ethos of Peace.” He has published a number of articles from topics ranging from Black Theology’s impact on African American solidarity to Political Theology’s critique of America being “one nation under God.”

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 soon.

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