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September 2019

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday

September 8

September 8 is the sixth annual ELCA Churchwide Day of Service. Make it a day of God’s work. Our hands. Our voices! ELCA vital congregations work to strengthen their relationship with God, nurture relationships with each other and create a strong presence with their community. “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is one way for congregations to discover ways to build on each of these connections. In recognition of our Lutheran commitment to both charity and justice, consider adding advocacy action…

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Conflict Transformation Workshop for Churches

September 21
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 323 Fifth Street
Freeport, PA 16229 United States
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The Southwestern PA Synod of the ELCA is sponsoring a workshop on Conflict Transformation for churches on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Freeport, PA. The workshop is designed by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center and will be facilitated by the Rev. Kimberly van Driel and the Rev. Peter Asplin. Conflict is a normal part of life, even in the church. Every congregation, every business, every family, and most church softball…

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Engaging Active Hope Workshop Kick-Off Event

September 21
Cranaleith Spiritual Center, 13475 Proctor Road
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19116 United States
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Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light (PA IPL) is sponsoring a series of workshops on Engaging Active Hope. The Kick-Off Event is scheduled for September 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Cranaleith Spiritual Center, Philadelphia. Active Hope is a workshop series based on the teachings of eco-philospher Joanna Macy about finding and offering our best response to the social and ecological challenges before us. Presenter Rev. Alison Cornish is the Executive Director of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light,…

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October 2019

Healing Communities Training For Clergy and Congregations

October 5
Church of the Holy Cross, 7507 Kelly Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208 United States
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The Healing Communities Training focuses on the restoration and healing for people affected by crime and the criminal justice system. Healing Communities are needed as one in 104 American adults are currently incarcerated and one in 33 are under criminal justice system control. The odds are EVERY congregation has members affected by crime and the criminal justice system, whether as crime victims, offenders, or families. The Healing Communities model equips congregations to become a “Station of Hope” by providing training…

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Register Today for the Christian Unity Gathering

October 14 - October 16
Holiday Inn, 980 Omni Boulevard
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
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This year the National Council of Churches will be marking 400 years since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in America. At the Christian Unity Gathering, sponsored by the National Council of Churches, those assembled will join together in a public witness at Point Comfort, Virginia, where it is recorded that the suffering of millions began in a legacy that lives on today through systemic racism that ravages our churches, communities, and lives. This year's theme is Confronting the…

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