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PMA Convocation

Peace in the Parish and Beyond

Jesus said, “blessed are the peacemakers,” but how do we make peace in a culture—and sometimes a church—so painfully divided over so many matters? Join Rev. Dr. Rick Carlson and Rev. Juliet Focken as they help delve into what Jesus meant by peacemaking, particularly through the Gospel of Matthew, and what we can use to make peace within our homes, our parishes and beyond.

Our presenters:

Rev. Dr. Rick Carlson is a New Testament scholar known for his engaging ways of tying text to proclamation. Along with his wife, Rev. Dr. Michelle Carlson, Rev. Carlson presently serves as co-lead Pastor at First Lutheran Church in Kearney, Nebraska.  Rev. Carlson has served in parish ministry in northern Minnesota as well as serving as Professor of New Testament, Director of Internship, Candidacy Coordinator, and Director of Theological Studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg for 27 years.

Rev. Juliet Focken is a graduate of the ELCA Systems Academy, who uses a family systems approach to evaluate and respond to conflict within congregations and other systems.  She serves as an Assistant to the Bishop in the Nebraska Synod ELCA.

Event Details

When: Friday, April 29.  1:00 p.m. – Saturday, April 30, 3:00 p.m.

Where: Church Leadership Center, Aurora, NE

Cost: $112/person (includes: meals, honorarium for speakers, material and breaks)

Registration Deadline:  April 18, 2022 (No refunds after April 18, 2022)

Housing: Participants are responsible for registering for their housing. Contact The Leadership Center: 402-694-3934. There are options for single rooms: $80.00 + tax OR for a multiple room (2-4 people per room). $100.00 per room + tax

Dietary Needs: The Center is prepared to assist with any dietary needs you may have such as: gluten intolerance, vegetarian, diabetes, lactose free, etc.  Please note on registration form.

What to bring: Bible, SNACKS!! SNACKS!! *In other locations we have not had the full opportunity for sharing snacks- so this is a bonus. Hairdryer is you need one.  If other items need to be brought for the program we will let you know before the event.

Please check out The Leadership Center website: http:/www.tleadrora.org in order to check out amenities, location, site and policies.

COVID Guidelines: We will be following Covid guidelines for this convocation. As participants in the 2022 PMA Convocation we ask that you either show proof of being vaccinated for Covid-19 or the negative result of a Covid-19 test taken no more then 3 days prior to the start of the convocation, and to require those who are not fully vaccinated to wear a face-covering over the nose and mouth while indoors except when eating or drinking.

**The Nebraska Synod is committed to providing a PMA Convocation that is safe for all participants. Vaccination is acknowledged by public health officials to reduce the transmission and severity of Covid and it’s variants.  COVID-19 vaccination is to protect themselves and other. 


Boundaries 201 is being offered on Thursday, April 28 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Aurora. Learn more and sign up for Boundaries 201 here.

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