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Leading the conversations at TG14

Leading the conversations at TG14

Last month we introduced two of the featured speakers at of many generations, the 2014 Triennial Gathering: Susan Sparks, pastor, lawyer and comedian, and Becca Stevens, pastor, writer and social innovator. Before registration for the July 24-27, 2014 event opens on September 16, learn more about the women leading conversations at the gathering.

Diane Jacobson will join them, opening up the gathering theme through Bible study. Jacobson, director of the Book of Faith Initiative for the ELCA, is also professor emeritus of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minn., where she taught from 1982-2010.

Elaine Neuenfeldt will connect our theme exploration to the global church. Neuenfeldt, an ordained pastor from the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil, is the executive secretary for Women in Church and Society at the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva, Switzerland.

Joining the conversation

Through worship, art, films and in multiple learning opportunities, we’ll continue exploring the gathering theme with more women lending their voices. Claire Schenot Burkat, bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA, will preach at opening worship, and Raquel Rodriguez, director for the Latin America and Caribbean desk of the ELCA’s Global Mission, will preside. Linda Norman, and ELCA pastor and treasurer of the ELCA, will preach at Sunday’s closing worship, and Callista Isabelle, chaplain at Muhlenberg College (Allentown, Pa.), will preside.

Stephanie Burke will coordinate an interactive mural project in our exhibit hall. Burke is Artist-In-Residence and Liturgical Drama Director at Christ Lutheran in Charlotte, N.C. Wendy Thompson will lead a post-screening discussion of her film, “Harvest of Empire.” Thompson is the president and CEO of the Onyx Media Group and EVS Communications, Inc. Debra Gonsher Vinik will lead a post-screening discussion of her film, “I Believe You.” She has produced and written 14 documentaries, eight of have been nominated for Emmy awards and three have won the honors for Best Religious Programming.

Keeping the conversations going

Learning opportunities take multiple forms at of many generations. Whether you attend a workshop, view a film or engage in a servant project, learning opportunities allow you to grow your faith, explore new possibilities and connect with other women. Complete information can be found at welcatg.org (a new website that will be published next month), and additional opportunities will be posted there as they are confirmed.