30th Anniversary of the Lay School of Ministry

2023-2024 Continuing Education

18 three-hour sessions with excellent scholars and urgent topics

September 8 & 9 In-person with Zoom option
What is God up to? Dick Bruesehoff, Founding member of the Lay School, spiritual director, on his congregation’s facility team
Made Not Born: The Sacraments of Belonging, Don Wisner, Founding member of the Lay School, scholar of Liturgy, fisherman

October 13 & 14 In-person with Zoom option
Connecting Neighbor to Neighbor, Lidixe Montoya, Synodical Minister for Neighbor to Neighbor Ministry
Divine Ecology & the Care of Creation: Living in Right Relationship with All of Creation, Sara Bishop, Synod Advocate for Right Relationships

November 10 & 11 In-person with Zoom option
I Tell You, This is the Way It Is: Live performance of the Gospel of Mark and conversation, Phil Ruge-Jones, director of the LSM
Always Not Yet Asleep: Mark’s Dream for the Church, David Fredrickson, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Luther Seminary

December 8 & 9 Zoom only
When a Pastor Becomes a Spy: The life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Andy Root, Professor of Youth and Family Ministry Luther Seminary
The Everyday Theology of Martin Luther, Javier Goitía, Director of Theological Formation, ELCA

January 12 & 13 Zoom only
Hearing John in Lent and Easter, Barbara Lundblad, Professor emerita of Preaching Union Theological Seminary, New York
Storytelling, Bible Translation, and Our Connections, Jim and Janet Stahl, International Orality Consultants, Seed Company

February 9 & 10 Zoom only
The Creation of the First Nation Version (FNV) of the New Testament, Terry Wildman, Translator of FNV, Director of Rain Ministries
4D Formation: Exploring Vocation in Community, Drew Tucker, Executive Director HopeWood Outdoors, former Pastor Capital University

March 8 & 9 Zoom only
Listen Like You Mean It: Recovering the Art of Hearing a Spoken Word, Joy J. Moore, Professor of Biblical Preaching Luther Seminary
Feasts not Crumbs at God’s Table, Elle Dowd, author, activist, ELCA Pastor, PhD student

April 12 & 13 In-person with Zoom option
‘Nor the Moon by Night’: Hope-filled Language amid Mental Illness, Paul Lutter, Adjunct Augsburg University, essayist, poet, interim Pastor
Water is Life, Diane Jacobson, Professor emerita of Old Testament Luther Seminary

May 10 & 11 In-person with Zoom option
God’s Word, Our Service, Panel of deacons: Diane Kaufmann, Retired webmaster for DIAKONIA World Federation
Kari Allen, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Rural Outreach Organizer for JONAH, David Behling, Campus Minister UW-River Falls, Laura Ramlow, Synodical Minister Communication, Faith Formation, Malawi
Articulating Our Strengths Together: The Good Gifts Embedded in Our Storied Lives facilitated by Phil Ruge-Jones

It looks to be another great year of life long learning.