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Being Church

October 21 @ 1:00 pm


Weekly Online Gathering for ELCA Leaders

Wednesdays, 1PM Central

“Be the Best Neighbor” is one of six essential strategies that will help young people discover and love your church. Makota Fujimura, writer, artist, and director of Fuller Seminary’s Brehm Center for worship says, “An emphasis on our role as neighbor as part of our identity reminds us of our shared cultural and geographical spaces and the fact that proximity brings responsibility. Even apart from Jesus’ call to love our neighbor, we know that our common flourishing depends on one another.”

The Best Neighbors ask, “Who is my Neighbor?” Asking the question helps ground young people’s response to the needs and culture around them in more than self-congratulatory benevolence. Churches striving to be the best neighbor reflect selfless mercy toward the people outside their congregations – whether those neighbors are friends, stranger, or enemies. They demonstrate compassion and forgiveness and practice this mercy in service and social justice efforts, in their political engagement, in discussions about race and ethnic identity, and in response to pop culture. Doing so earns these churches a hearing in a culture that often otherwise dismisses them as judgmental or close minded.

This Wednesday, we will be meeting Emily, a college student from Minnesota, and Hope, a high school youth from Chicago, who are actively engaged in their neighborhoods. Given the pain and brokenness around us, there are times when evil needs to be called out, challenged, and overcome. We will hear these young people’s stories of the work they are doing because of their church.

As you prepare for our Growing Young coaching session this month, ask yourself, “Who is my neighbor? And how am I or my congregation intentionally training young people to be the best neighbors?”

The ELCA is conducting our own Growing Young Assessment. Please visit the http://www.oursurvey.church/ELCAFaithFormationFall2020 to fill it out, and you can share this link, especially with youth and young adults in your congregation as we learn how we are doing in our church nationwide.

You are invited to join this weekly online gathering designed to provide encouragement and support for ELCA leaders across the church. Participants will hear topical presentations related to how we are called to be Church, as well as have an opportunity to be in small group discussions with an ELCA group coach facilitating the conversation. This is where the magic happens. All of this is designed to help us process our emotions and thus create a space where we can each name our next most faithful step forward in our unique context. You are welcome to share this invitation with any other ELCA leader, rostered or lay. #ELCAChurchTogether

We understand a number of folks are unable to make this day and time each week. We record the main session and debrief time. We share each recording with supporting documents here, typically by the following week: https://www.elcacoaching.org/podcasts/media.
You can also find a list of upcoming topics and presenters on the home page of our website: https://www.elcacoaching.org/.
ELCA Coaching is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: BEING CHURCH – Weekly Gathering for ELCA Leaders
Time: September 30, 2020 1:00 PM Central Time

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Meeting ID: 180 439 412
Password: 648160

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October 21
1:00 pm
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