Plenary sessions at a triennial gathering are exciting. Where else do you get 2,500 Lutheran women singing, dancing and responding to the Holy Spirit at the same time!? Plenary sessions at the Tenth Triennial Gathering will be no exception. They are being shaped around Gather magazine’s summer Bible study, All Anew: Ready Or Not.
The gathering is July 13-16, 2017, in Minneapolis.
Each session will include Bible study, world music, inspiring words from Lutheran women and audience interaction.
After opening worship, our Thursday evening plenary explores the concept of “Saying Goodbye to Nice.” Bible study author Kelly Fryer will remind us how heroes and sheroes of the biblical story often had to do and say things that were unpopular with family, friends and neighbors as they lived out the “new” thing God was doing. We’ll explore what it means to be part of God’s renewal today.
The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, will lead a panel responding to Fryer’s study.
Are we ready to say goodbye to nice, stand with the least of these and upend some tables?
Friday morning we turn to session two, “Stand with the Least of These.” Fryer will remind us the biblical story tells us that whenever God does a new thing, it happens in, through and with people who live on the margins.
Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, our Lutheran sister from Libera, will help us answer the question with whom is God asking us to align today? In whose corner are we being called to stand? Again, a panel will respond to the study and Gbowee’s talk.
On Saturday we’ll “Upend the Tables” as we are reminded that the biblical story is filled with characters who challenged unjust systems, took action that turned societal norms upside down and spoke truth to power. The Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, a national leader in areas of poverty and immigration and an ELCA pastor, will help us examine the systems we are part of that need to be challenged, asking what counter-cultural, justice-making actions are we being called to take. A panel will respond to the study and Salvatierra’s talk.
Are we ready to say goodbye to nice, stand with the least of these and upend some tables? When 2,500 powerful and influential Lutheran woman say yes, change will take place in this church!