Explaining the Fourth of July to my little sister by Autumn Adams, Confederated Tribes & Bands of the Yakama Nation, Center for Native American Youth’s Youth Advisory Board Member, and 2019 Champion for Change

Poet Andrea Gibson's May 28 post

Rest Is Resistance: A Manifesto by Tricia Hersey, aka The Nap Bishop

"To create is a risk." #BlackLiturgies Instagram post | "To create is a risk." #BlackLiturgies Facebook post

“A friend once shared what she called the Parable of the Choir: A choir can sing a beautiful note impossibly long because singers can individually drop out to breathe as necessary and the note goes on. Social justice activism should be like that, she said. That’s stuck with me.” -- possible credit to Paul Matisz (see Media Notes above, and this image can also be found here)

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Whatever you are thinking, feeling, and experiencing in this season of your life and ministry, we invite you to practice community and collaboration with other faith leaders from across the church.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed [people] can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Mead

When Jesus began His ministry, He immediately formed a small group. Following in the footsteps of Jesus, we are continuing to offer opportunities to gather in small groups for discussion and empowerment around the prominent topics swirling in the crucible of change for all of us as leaders.

Choose your own adventure! A majority of this hour will be spent in breakout rooms with conversations facilitated by ELCA Coaches focused on:

  • Leading in a Politically Diverse Congregation / Community
  • Leading Through Institutional Decline: How to Honor the Past and Trust God with Our Future
  • How to Connect with the Wider Community in Collaborative and Life-Giving Ways
  • Race Relations and White Supremacy
  • Stewardship and Discipleship with Overworked, Maxed-out Members
  • Propose Something Else: What's On Your Heart?

Courageous leaders notice, learn, and pivot -- repeatedly. We will update and shape topics based on participation and feedback.