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Being Church in Time of Crisis

August 5 @ 1:00 pm

Being Church in Times of Crisis
Weekly Online Gathering for ELCA Leaders
Wednesdays, 1:00 PM Central

You are invited to join this weekly 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 in times of crisis, as well as an opportunity to be in small group discussions with an ELCA group coach facilitating the conversation. All of this is designed to help us process our feelings in this strange and fearful time and to 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

On August 5, we are thrilled to have Rev. Robin McCullough-Bade and Rev. Brenda K. Smith with us in “Naming our Laments and Recognizing our Resiliency.”

Rev. Robin McCullough-Bade currently serves as the Executive Director of the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge which cultivates unity, justice, and peace. As an ELCA pastor, she has served Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Episcopal churches in Ohio, Texas, and Louisiana. She and her husband, the late Rev. John McCullough Bade, co-authored Our Mission: Discovering God’s Call to Us, as well as two ELCA online lectionary bible studiesDaily Discipleship (on the gospel readings) and Daily Faith Practices (on the second lesson). Her recent ELCA series Five Gifts of Discipleship includes a Personal Inventory, Conversations: Race Relations and NEW Resiliency resources designed for this time of lament. (The resiliency resources are scheduled to be posted on the ELCA Faith Practices webpage soon.) In her spare time, Rev. McCullough-Bade enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and traveling.

Rev. Brenda K. Smith is Program Director for Faith Practices in the ELCA. In this role, she works with other faith formation leaders, both lay and clergy, to create a culture of discipleship in the ELCA. Rev. Smith and another staff member, Rev. Dwight DuBois, coordinate the Book of Faith ministry of the ELCA, a ministry that has the goal that individuals and congregations will be intentional about opening the Bible and having conversations about the transformative power of the word of God. She also convenes the ELCA’s Spiritual Renewal Team that offers healing and prayer services, Lutheran revivals, and workshops on various topics. Prior to her current position, Rev. Smith was pastor of New Hope Lutheran Church in Jamaica, New York, for 13 years. Before answering God’s call to ministry, she was a pediatric nurse and taught pediatric nursing at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She attended New York University, where she received both her B.S. and M.A. in nursing. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. In her spare time, Rev. Smith enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies, reading, and listening to Motown classics, especially any songs by the Temptations.

Following the first hour this week, those that desire may stay on the call for an additional time of casual conversation around the topic with our presenters, ending with a time of prayer.

We understand a number of folks are unable to make this day and time each week. We record the main session and the wrap-up time. We share each recording with supporting documents here 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/.

Topic: Being Church in Times of Crisis – Weekly Gathering for ELCA Leaders
Time: Wednesdays 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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August 5
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