Entries by Jason Xiong

Documentaries & Dialogue: Continue the Conversations About Racial Justice

Madison Christian Community is hosting a six-Wednesday series beginning September 25 and concluding October 30. We’ll meet from 6:30-8:30 pm. The films we’re using have been specifically crafted to enhance understanding and spark conversation about whiteness, racism, and racial justice. They build from uncovering whiteness to listening in on conversations among and between various ethnic groups about their experiences of racism to revealing the systemic nature of racism to examining our current justice system and the potential for change through restorative healing practices.

Equipping the Saints: Above All, Trust in the Slow Work of God

This week’s recommendation is from Rev. Walter Baires, Assistant to the Bishop and Director for Evangelical Mission. Received during a Congregational Vitality training and used today for our staff meeting, it is an inspiring message for any congregations going through transitions. We offer it here for consideration for your use in your settings.

Apply Now for the 2020 Contemplative Renewal Cohort

Are you looking for ways to be renewed in your pastoral work and sense of call? As you encounter the demands of ministry in a changing and challenging time, would you benefit from time away to deepen your spirit? The Ecumenical Center for Clergy Spiritual Renewal (ECCSR) hosts a two-year “Contemplative Renewal” for early and mid-career clergy.

Mission Moment: God’s work. Our hands. 2019

Many of our congregations are participating in the ELCA day of service, “God’s work. Our Hands.” Some have participated on September 8, which is the day set aside by the ELCA if you wanted to participate when most other congregations were joining in. God’s work. Our hands. reminds us that We are Church, We are Church Together, We are Lutheran and We are Church for the Sake of the World! And our work is for all generations!

Full-Time Chaplain (Stoughton)

Skaalen Retirement Services is a Lutheran retirement community that has been providing care and support of seniors in need since 1900. Skaalen Retirement Services is seeking a full-time Chaplain to provide spiritual care to by promoting a spiritual environment within the campus by leading worship services, providing prayer services, conducting Bible study, leading religious discussions, providing religious education and hymn sings with residents and patients in all levels of care. The successful candidate will need to be ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Ecclesiastical Specialized Care Endorsement status from the ELCA, and is Board Certified Chaplain status from the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Equipping the Saints: 2019 Military Caregiver Resource Directory

Several of our rostered with hearts for the care of Veterans and active duty service members in their communities have participated in Community Clergy Training Programs for caring for our veterans. They continue to gather to learn more about their special needs and ways to serve and support them. We all have service members that we know, so it helpful to stay abreast of the resources that are available to them so that we can be better caregivers and friends. A new resource has been released to do just that and we offer it here for your consideration; the Department of Defense Military Caregiver Support 2019 Caregiver Resource Directory (CRD).

Special Synod Assembly

The South-Central Synod of Wisconsin-ELCA will hold a Special Meeting of the Synod Assembly on November 2, 2019 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sun Prairie, WI. The primary purpose of this meeting is to receive and adopt the 2020 Synod Spending Plan. We will worship together, enjoy programming, lunch and then hold discussion and vote on a spending plan.

Clergy Leadership Group

The Samaritan Center of Southern Wisconsin, announces a Pastor Leadership Seminar for all area clergy. The Seminar’s goal is to improve leadership skills for today’s ministry. Clergy present case studies of challenging situations in their churches, which require their leadership. Participants then receive peer feedback for fresh perspectives. Some readings, specifically focused on pastoral leadership will be discussed.

“One Coin Found” Book Reading & Signing with Rev. Emmy Kegler

All are invited to a public reading and Q&A with Rev. Emmy Kegler. Emmy is the pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Northeast Minneapolis, the founder and editor of Queer Grace, an encyclopedia of online resources around LGBTQ life and faith (queergrace.com), and the author of the new book, One Coin Found: How God’s Love Stretches to the Margins.