Amy Hoening, Carol Erickson, Pr. Katie Gallagher, & Kent Terry of NIS Hunger Subcommittee
Learn about a group that cycled from Rockford to Synod Assembly. How they raised funds and awareness for a just world where all are fed. Come and discover the 2019 route and how you can get involved even if you don’t ride a bike.
Sessions a, b
Pr. Kenneth R. Storck, Bread for the World
This presentation will focus on the 5th promise of our Baptism: “to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.” Are you living fully into your baptismal promises? Are you running on all cylinders? This session will provide practical ways to live out this 5th promise both as individuals and as communities of faith. Find out what you and your congregation can do to “strive for justice and peace in all the earth.”
Pr. Robin Caldwell, chair NIS Social Ministry Committee
God calls us to diversity, social justice, and evangelism. How are we reaching, including, and responding to our neighbors of differing races and cultures in the Northern Ilinois Synod, and how can we do more? Bring your thoughts and dreams to this brainstorming session.
Sessions a, b
Kevin Nelson, Growing Project Leader Ottawa-Barrington Growing Project-Growing Hope Globally and Becky Morris of Growing Hope Globally
Helping the people of Central & South America have an adequate food supply helps them to stay in their home countries and keep families together. Lutheran World Relief’s food production programs there are supported by Growing Hope Globally (formerly known as the Foods Resource Bank).
Iain Chester, Manager Network Engagement, ELCA World Hunger, Hester Bury, Northern Illinois Food Bank; Cindi Gramenz, Christian Care
Hear stories from local food ministries on how they approach breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger in their communities. Learn the process of applying for ELCA Domestic World Hunger grants in order to work towards a just world where all are fed.
Pr. Jeff Schlesinger, Pr. Scott Ralston, Pr. Carol Soderholm, Mary Foskit, Linda Weidenbach, and Rebecca Keller (from the Creation Care Committee)
Loving Creation at Church and at Home, is a look at what we can do in response to the changes in the life of our planet. We will begin the session presenting information about the Season of Creation, a wonderful way to help our churches engage in environmental awareness as part worship. Pr. Jeff Schlesinger will talk about the various parts of the liturgy and how to integrate them into one’s congregation. The second half of the session will look at what we can do to be good stewards of creation in our churches and communities in what might be a “post-recycling” era in the United States. This part of the session will include several testimonies regarding recycling, composting, nature conservation, and a time for discussing best practices.
Joy Medrano, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Your legislators want to hear from you! Join us for an interactive workshop that will give you practical tools to be successful.