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Weekly Lifelines 9/13/2020

This turned out to be quite a week. Squeezing the week’s usual tasks plus vacation prep into a week already shortened by Labor Day proved harder to do than I thought. And the cold and dreary weather certainly didn’t help!
Since I’m a little too scattered to offer anything very deep, I’m highlighting the workshop offerings at this year’s convention. There are some really good programs on tap, creatively rethinking how church works in a changing world. Best of all, they’re all free, online, and open to anyone. Please check them out below and consider signing up.
I’m heading out on vacation tomorrow morning, returning for church on Sunday, September 20. Mr Paul Ehling, St. Luke’s ministry intern, is graciously filling in for me this Sunday. Thank you, Paul!
Because I’ll be gone, our usual Wednesday programs (Bible study and 5 p.m. Eucharist) are on hold this week, meeting next on Wednesday the 23rd.
If you have pastoral care needs while I’m away, please contact Karen (507-288-2469, gouldk@stlukesepiscopal.org) or one of St. Luke’s Wardens. They’ll get you connected to what you need.


ECMN Convention Workshops
Saturday, September 26th, 10:00am – 2:45pm
Leaders from ECMN will take those priorities and contextualize them, sharing their experience and lessons learned as they’ve taken action on their own journeys.
(Zoom meetings –  register and participate)

Discipleship for a New Era of Christian Mission

The Rev. Blair Pogue, St. Matthew’s, St. Paul
At this time of great challenge and opportunity it is important to focus on how the church can participate in God’s mission to share the Gospel of Jesus in life-giving ways with others. We must focus on the one thing the church can and must do: apprenticing people into the way of Jesus through the regular study of holy scripture, theological reflection, and spiritual practices. In order to learn more about what God is up to in their neighborhoods, clergy and lay leaders must engage in small experiments in forming Christian community in new ways and places. Church leaders will need to recruit and equip others to do this work. In this workshop, Blair Pogue will share her learnings from twenty years working with laity in the area of adult Christian formation. How can we equip the people entrusted to our care and help them develop an imagination for what the Holy Spirit is up to in their neighborhoods?
Innovation and Vitality
The Rev. Mary Groening, St. Mary’s, Ely
The St. Mary’s Ely faith community began thriving when we made a conscious decision to stop caring about how many people showed up to church on Sunday, instead focusing on our gifts and how we might use them to share God’s love in the community around us.  Rather than being an obstacle, our small size pushed us out of our comfort zone-into the community, into close relationships with other small churches, into intentional, intergenerational worship-into a radical revisioning of what church really means.
Justice: Introduction to Sacred Ground: A Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith
Katrina Browne, Author of the Sacred Ground Curriculum
Rev. Isaiah Shaneequa Brokenleg – Staff Officer for Racial Reconciliation for The Episcopal Church
Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. Sacred Ground is a dialogue series that has been offered by the national Church since 2019 for use by congregations via an adaptable curriculum that is available online. Small groups are invited to form and, together, to walk through chapters of U.S. history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. The series is built around a powerful curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day-all while grounded in our call to faith, hope, and love. This series is open to all. It is especially designed to help white people talk with other white people, to build capacity for interracial work for racial justice. This workshop will provide an overview of the curriculum and how it works to form circles. It will also provide a “mini” experience of Sacred Ground, using film clips to generate sacred sharing and listening.
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