Being Church in Times of Crisis Weekly Online Gathering for ELCA Leaders

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
1:00 pm2:00 pm
Online

This weekly gathering has been called Being Church in the Time of COVID-19. Going forward, we will expand this to Being Church in Times of Crisis. The pandemic is not the only topic we will bring to our discussions.

You are invited to join this weekly gathering designed to provide encouragement and support for ELCA leaders across the church and throughout society. Participants will hear topical presentations related to how we are called to be Church in times of crisis, as well as an opportunity to be in small group discussions with an ELCA group coach facilitating the conversation. All of this is designed to help us process our feelings in this strange and fearful time and to create a space where we can each name our next most faithful step forward in our unique context.

You are welcome to share this invitation with any other ELCA leader, rostered or lay. #ELCAChurchTogether

This week, we hope you will join us for our gathering as we connect the theme of wellness (from our June 3 gathering) to our nation and communities. In particular, we will begin to discuss the systemic racism in our country (and church) that has broken open in a way that it never has before. We will hold space to listen to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), explore our own reactions to these atrocities, discuss how this has collided with the threat of COVID-19, and wrestle with the faithful steps God is asking us to take.

Our guest speaker on June 10 will be Rev. Lamont Anthony Wells, the Program Director for Campus Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (LuMin). LuMin is a network of inclusive faith-based and service communities on and near campuses at over 240 colleges and universities across the country. He is also the current National President of the African Descent Lutheran Association (ELCA). In his career, Rev. Wells has led programs and communities of multiple denominations in New York, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, including having served as the Lutheran Campus Pastor for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the Atlanta University Center (AUC).

We are also honored to have Michael P. Russell joining us to offer our time of centering, as well as the welcome for our presenter. Michael has been involved with transforming communities and the lives of its residents for most of his life. Currently the pastor of a church in Country Club Hills, IL, he spent many years doing community organizing with Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc as a Neighborhood Director in Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood. Michael is president of SOUL, a grassroots coalition of organizations focused on economic justice, leadership training and political responsibility in Chicago’s Southland. Michael has a B.A. in Communication/Philosophy from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, a Masters of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and has completed post graduate studies at the Keller Graduate School of Business Management in Chicago IL. Michael has been active with Crossroads AntiRacism Organizing and Training for more than 15 years. He is partner of Debra, father of three adult children and “Big Papa” to his grandson. They are inspiration for his anti-racism work.

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Topic: Being Church in Times of Crisis - Weekly Gathering for ELCA Leaders
Time: June 10, 2020 01:00 PM Central Time

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