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April 18, 2016 Lutheran Day
Apr 18, 2016
Bring Your Faith to the Table — On April 18, join Lutherans from around the state for worship, learning, advocacy and action at the intersection of faith and science. Come to be inspired, prepared and equipped to act on issues that matter. Register here.
Lutheran Day 2016 — Faith, Science and Action! is an official part of Spring 2016 Academy Week at Gettysburg Seminary. Climate change, clean water, poverty, education, mass incarceration, human trafficking and trauma — all of which connect to our hunger work — are among the issues on which advocates will be equipped to act.
The day will include worship with acclaimed ELCA Glocal musicians from around the country, a keynote address by Dr. Ann Milliken Pederson, professor of religion at Augustana University, briefings by state policymakers, legislative visit training, issues and faith formation workshops, a continental breakfast, lunch and special advocacy celebration.
Bring a partner (or two!) — A special emphasis will be placed on strengthening our faith communities for advocacy, with workshops on how to have difficult conversations on “political” topics, faithful citizenship in a time of divisive rhetoric, listening/telling our stories, and engaging youth and young adults through service and advocacy in their communities. Return with resources for faith formation, including songs, prayers and lessons to replicate the learning in your congregation. (Click here for a description of keynote and workshops.) Learn more about presenters.
Monday, April 18
8:30 — Registration opens. Continental breakfast available.
9:30 — Keynote
10:30-11:30 — Workshops
11:30-1:00 — Lunch. Advocacy Briefing and Celebration
1:00-3:00 — Workshops and Preparation for Legislative Visits
3:00 -4:00 — Sending Worship with accompaniment by ELCA Glocal musicians
Note: A final agenda, workshop selection and details will be emailed to registrants.
In the spirit of Academy Week, we are pleased to welcome the LTSG Bookstore, which will offer books by the day’s speakers as well as other titles. Spring Academy on the Seminary campus will focus on Science and Christian Life: Conflict: Cooperation: Integration. This topic will be explored through speakers, discussions, Preaching Perspectives presentations and a Theological Education for Youth Institute. Anyone may register for any of these events. Click to learn more about Academy Week.
Location: Lutheran Day will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Camp Hill PA, just across the river and minutes from the State Capitol. See map at the left of the page for directions
Registration Fee covers the day at Trinity, continental breakfast and lunch.
- Early registration (by April 1) is $25.00/$30 thereafter. Students are $15.00. Registration closes on April 11. Walk-ins are welcome although we cannot guarantee a meal. Payment can be made through PayPal, by sending in your check or at the door.
- Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg students can receive a scholarship by contacting the Office of the Dean.
Accommodations – A block of hotel rooms is being held at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg (located in Camp Hill) until March 18 – mention LAMPa to receive a reduced rate. Radisson website.
Logistics – Ample parking is available at Trinity. If you are coming by Amtrak please contact the LAMPa office to arrange a shuttle from the Harrisburg station. The Capitol Complex can be difficult to navigate, involving many steps and uneven floor surfaces. If you will need assistance accessing the building, or wonder if you might, please contact LAMPa staff.
Workshops – Registrants will receive a separate mailing with a detailed list of workshops and presenters along with other briefing materials.
Sunday, April 17 — Stirring the Waters
Kick off Lutheran Day and prepare for Earth Day (Friday, April 22) with these special events:
Guided Canoe Trip or Guided Hike — Cindy Dunn, Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, will lead a guided paddle exploring the estuary ecosystem and the history of our relationship with local waterways. For those who prefer to stay on land, a guided hike and tree planting activity will also be offered.
Blessing of Waters/Glocal Event — An interfaith blessing of the waters of the Susquehanna at Kunkel Plaza, free community meal in the beautiful Capitol rotunda, followed by inspiring music and presentation by ELCA Glocal musicians and lecture by Penn State climate scientist Dr. Raymond Najjar Jr. Co-sponsored by Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light. Meal is free, but reservations are required. Make reservation here.