Fifth Annual Summer Institute on Theology and Disability
June 16 – 20, 2014
Highland Park United Methodist Church (HPUMC)
3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas
Caring Theologically and Thinking Pastorally:
Disability as a Critical Question and Questioner
“Caring Theologically and Thinking Pastorally” explores the intersections between disability and theology, which call for thoughtful and careful negotiation, grounded in the real lives of people with disabilities and their families.
In collaboration with the Faith Inclusion Network of Dallas, under the auspices of Jewish Family Service, Friday, June 20, will be a stand-alone, free event for full-session and single-session participants, especially those in the wider Dallas area interested in supporting inclusive ministries and congregational supports.
Learn more and register here.
17th Annual Dallas Benedictine Experience
The 17th annual multi-denominational Dallas Benedictine Experience will take place at The Catholic Conference and Formation Center in Dallas, Texas from Wednesday, June 25 through Saturday, June 28, 2014.
This monastic experience is presented by Friends of St. Benedict, Washington, DC and is open to men and women, laity and clergy of all denominations. Participants will live on the campus of the center for four days, forming a temporary monastic community to experience the balanced way of life of The Rule of St. Benedict as it divides each day into private and group prayer, study, work, and leisure. Four Benedictine Offices (Lauds, Sext, Vespers, and Compline) will be chanted each day in English in Gregorian Chant.
Texas Lutheran University has named the Rev. Kara Joy Stewart its new campus pastor. Pastor Stewart, who will join the TLU community in mid-June, currently serves Living Christ Lutheran Church in Flagstaff, Ariz. Living Christ is an inclusive congregation open to the diversity of people within its community and has an active outreach to Northern Arizona University, the Navajo Lutheran Mission, and a variety of local hunger programs.
Prior to taking the call to Flagstaff in 2009, Pastor Stewart served in Summerville and Charleston, S.C. She is active in young adult ministry and helped provide campus ministry to The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., as well as Northern Arizona University while living and serving in Flagstaff.
“We are excited to welcome Pastor Kara Stewart to the TLU community,” said TLU President Dr. Stuart Dorsey. “Kara’s energy and enthusiasm for young adult ministry and her passion for inclusive worship and community outreach endeared her to our faculty, staff, and most importantly our students.”
Studying Luther in Wittenberg:
Invitation to the Eighth International Seminar within the Luther Decade
You are invited to send a pastor to the 10th seminar which will take place in Wittenberg from November 8th until November 22nd, 2014 and will be led by Prof. Dr. Theodor Dieter and Prof. Dr. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson from the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg. The topic of the seminar will be: “The Christian and the Government: Luther’s View of Temporal Authority”. The seminar takes place in the Colleg Wittenberg, a venue right in the center of Luther’s town.
About 150 pastors from the different member churches have already participated in the 9 previous seminars within the Luther decade in Wittenberg. All these seminars have had this in common: that all participants enjoyed the teaching, the fellowship, and the program, and they went back home inspired, strengthened, and much more familiar with Luther, his time, and his theology. All liked the setting in this historical place and the opportunity to listen to each other, to learn from each other, and to experience spiritual community.
But so far not all member churches have used this chance to send someone to such a seminar. Therefore, we especially invite those churches to the next seminar in November 2014. You might be interested to read the comments from the previous participants.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service will be commemorating Refugee Sunday and celebrating 75 years walking alongside migrants and refugees through ministries of mercy and justice.
To help you, your church, or group more fully experience Refugee Sunday on June 22, 2014 (or another day that works for you) LIRS has created a resource kit.
The kit was developed with worship or group discussion in mind and is adaptable for a variety of settings and audiences. The kit includes:
- Suggestions for celebrating in a worship service
- Discussion activity for youth and adult groups
- Educational poster- stats and stories to learn more and inspire action
- Link to more materials online- video, sermon notes, communication tools
If you already have a kit and would like additional materials, including sermon notes from Rev. Dr. John Nunes and Rev. E. Roy Riley, bible studies, and our “Courageous Journeys” video, find additional resources here!
Give yourself and youth a gift by sharing time at Texas Lutheran University at the only intentional cross-generational leadership school in our church. The Disciple Project is a learning community where we stretch our imagination and increase our capacity as leaders. This is time away from our busy lives to learn practices and skills for following Jesus in a changing time. People in 8th grade through adults are encouraged to be part of this special experience! This event is offered by LEAD, a ministry of the Texas-Lousiana Gulf Coast Synod. Information flyer TLU Health Form
The Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS) will offer a Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry Intensive on its campus in Austin, Texas on May 25-30, 2014.
The Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry Intensive is a resource for Lutherans and those of other denominations who recognize the growing need for competency in the Spanish language and an understanding of Hispanic culture in light of the increasing Hispanic population in this country and in the church. The course focuses on study of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. Click here for registration information.
Upcoming Events in the NT-NL Mission Area and Beyond:
- Jun. 16-20: Fifth Summer Institute on Theology and Disability: Caring Theologically and Thinking Pastorally: Disability as a Critical Question and Questioner
- Jun. 22: Refugee Day
- Jun. 23-27: Disciple Project at Texas Lutheran University (Gulf Coast Synod)
- Jun. 25-28: 17th Annual Dallas Benedictine Experience
- Jun. 30-Jul 2: Association of Lutheran Church Musicians Region 2 Conference, “Many Voices, One Choir” in Charlotte, NC
- Jul. 18-20: Lutheran Men in Mission’s Triennial Gathering, “Guys, Guts, and God’s Glory”
- Jul. 24-27: Women of the ELCA’s Ninth Triennial Gathering, “Of Many Generations”
- Jul. 28-30: Association of Lutheran Church Musicians Region 3 Summer Conference
- Sep. 7: “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday