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Join Bishop Eaton for Conversation and Lunch on July 28
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton is visiting the Rocky Mountain Synod in late July.
There is still plenty of room, so all are welcome to join us for a general Q&A!
Register here by Friday, July 21.
Earn College Credit, Lead, and Serve at the Wartburg College High School Leadership Institute in Denver
Do you know any dynamic students entering their senior year of high school? Invite them to apply for the High School Leadership Institute (HSLI) in Denver, CO (July 31-August 5, 2017) or Waverly, IA (June 25- July 1).
We now have a limited number of tuition waivers available for the Denver-HSLI! That means that we may be able to help cover the cost of the Denver-HSLI for interested students. Apply to the Denver program here or the Waverly program here.
Now in its twelfth year, the HSLI is presented by Wartburg College, an ELCA college based in Iowa with programs in Denver, CO. It's an opportunity for students to:
- Earn college credit (3.5), learn leadership theory, and practice leadership skills. They work with professors and mentors who are current Wartburg College student to learn about leadership, getting out of the classroom and into the community
- Give back: Students participate in service opportunities in the local community. At the end of the week each student will propose a service project to implement in their own communities, pursuing issues they're passionate about. We encourage students to draw on the help of community organizations, friends, clubs, teammates, youth groups, etc. to be successful. From art exhibits and dog parks to a fundraiser that lives on today as a nonprofit, students have done incredible work in the past and created a ripple effect that extends far beyond them.
- Spend a week in Denver, CO or Waverly, IA. Students stay on the Wartburg College campus or in student apartments in the heart of Denver (Capitol Hill). They'll explore the campus, the city, or the mountains.
- Get a taste of college life: Students will have the option to present on their projects in a scholarly event on Wartburg's Campus in the fall. Those who attend Wartburg get a $1,000 scholarship annually for 4 years ($4,000 total)
- Meet people and have fun: Meal, housing, and field trips are included. We'll provide airport or train station pick up in Denver.
Soul Shop for Youth Leaders
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Abiding Hope Church
6337 South Robb Way, Littleton, CO
Soul Shop is a one-day training to equip teachers, educators, youth pastors, youth leaders, servants who walk alongside youth (like confirmation guides) and quite frankly any adult who cares deeply about young people, to minister to youth impacted by suicidal desperation. Special attention will focus on youth specific issues of impulsivity and contagion. The training includes the creation of resources, training congregation and community members in suicide awareness and basic conversation skills, and the invitation to those who have been suicidal in the past to share their stories. Flyer available here, register here.
- $25 Registration Fee includes seminar materials, continental breakfast and lunch.
- Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available upon request.
Church Development Institute
People who confess a Trinitarian God are people who believe that God is all about the relationship. Our congregations need leaders who can navigate and practice healthy relationships.
The RMS can host a modified version of the Church Development Institute, which has been used extensively in the Colorado Episcopal Diocese and has equipped many congregations to find renewed meaning and purpose in their life together.
Because the best learning happens when interacting with peers, we will only move forward with this class if we have a minimum number of people and congregations. Our deadline for registration is August 25, 2017. Please visit our website for information and to register, see our flyer, and let us know as soon as possible so we can confirm the class.
Youth Ministry Training Event at California Lutheran University
August 3 through August 5, 2017 - noon to noon
Full time? Part Time? Volunteer? Paid? If you're a youth director have we got a professional development program for you!
To cover the many aspects of youth ministry, our program offers several unique levels of training. Each track has its own focus. All join together for meals, worship, keynote sessions and socializing. Some topics are engaged in joint sessions.
More information and registration link are here.
Interfaith Gathering: Celebrating 150 Years of Faith in Cheyenne
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, August 6
Join faith communities all across Cheyenne for an Interfaith Gathering. This event will kick off a week of celebrations. This service will include songs, prayers, a performance by a community choir, and a message from The Rev. Warren Murphy about the History of Faith in Cheyenne. You can lend your voice to the community choir by joining in the rehearsal on August 6 at 8:00 a.m. at the Civic Center. More info available at our Facebook Event page! Come and join in as we celebrate 150 years of faith!
SAVE THE DATE!
2017 Theological Conference
September 18-21, 2017
Marriott Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO
Join us in Colorado Springs as we continue our conversation around ReFormation. Our Keynote Speaker is Sarah Ciavarri, a trained facilitator in Brene' Brown's work. And Mike Ward with Stewardship for All Seasons will also be leading us.
Rev. Sarah Ciavarri is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator-Consultant and a Lutheran (ELCA) pastor. Sarah has a huge passion to support healing and transformation within churches by making the connections between faith in Christ and The Daring Way™/Rising Strong. Sarah has led workshops and events nationally in synods, campus ministries, Luther Seminary, and congregations. She conducted a research project comparing ancient monastic spiritual disciplines with Brown’s encouraged practices. Sarah received a Pastoral Study Project grant through the Louisville Institute to reflect on shame, vulnerability, and authenticity within church settings.
NEW! One-day Prayer Retreat
Pastor Sonja Sandquist will lead a contemplative prayer retreat from 9am-3pm on Monday, September 18, at La Foret Conference Center, just north of Colorado Springs. The retreat center will also be open to those who want to get away but not participate in the retreat. Cost is $12 for lunch, plus an additional night of hotel for those who would need to travel on Sunday.
Registration Deadline is August 17 --- Register now!
Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota hosting Buffalo Roundup and Lakota Culture Retreat
September 25-30, 2017 -
Monday 4:00 p.m. through Saturday breakfast.
Enjoy the Buffalo Roundup and Lakota Culture Retreat, a program for adults over 45, in the Black Hills of South Dakota learning about buffalo and their importance to the Native American culture. Hear from Lakota people about life on the reservation. Pastor Larry Peterson, a retired pastor who has spent many years on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, will join us for the week as worship leader and program staff. In addition to programmed activities, there will also be time for relaxing, shopping, and sight-seeing.
This week includes a visit to Mt. Rushmore National Monument and a drive on the spectacular Needles Highway. Stay at Outlaw Ranch in the Vision Quest Lodge or the Barn Retreat Center, surrounded by ponderosa pine forests and the peaks of the Black Hills. Delicious home-cooked meals are served in the dining hall.
Roman Catholic & Lutheran Prayer Services to Mark Reformation 500 Years
Roman Catholics and Lutherans are joining together in prayer 500 years after Martin Luther’s 95 theses triggered the Reformation in 1517.
Bishop Jim Gonia will be present at seven Services of Common Prayer in conjunction with seven Roman Catholic Diocese. The aim is to express the gifts of the Reformation and ask forgiveness for the division perpetuated by Christians from the two traditions.
The last service will be on Sunday, October 8, 2017, 3 p.m. in Salt Lake City, UT.
Then + Now + Always: Reformation Hymn Festival
Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver is the location of a Denver area Reformation Hymn Festival on Sunday, October 29 at 4 p.m. Resources will also be made available for others who would like to gather on Reformation Sunday for "church together" events throughout the Rocky Mountain Synod; we hope to have them available for you in July. For those in the Denver area, please mark your calendar and begin to publicize this opportunity!
New Mexico Conference of Churches Invites You!
The New Mexico Conference of Churches cordially invites you to a statewide Ecumenical Vesper Service of Song and Prayer in Albuquerque from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 29, 2017, location TBD. Save this date, more information will follow. There are concurrent services planned in Las Cruces and other cities.
Faith and Science Workshop on Ethical Issues in Human Germ-line Editing
October 6-7, 2017
Episcopal Conference Center of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
The focus of the dialogue will be "Ethical Issues in Human Germ-line Editing". We will be presenting on the current science of CRISPR Cas-9 technology, and the ethical issues surrounding its application from a theological perspective. Join with clergy, theologians, scientists and bioethicists for presentations and conversations in Salt Lake City next October as we engage in a multi-disciplinary exploration of these and other questions facing us today.
Deacon Epiphany Gathering for Region 2
ELCA Youth Gathering Volunteers Needed
Would you like to volunteer at the Gathering and help our young people grow in faith and encounter Christ? Serving the youth of this church is a vocational calling that requires careful discernment. Every volunteer must agree to follow the terms of a volunteer code of conduct and submit to a background check by the ELCA. There are four volunteer categories: Local Volunteers, Community Life, Gathering Volunteer Corps, and Servant Companions. The responsibilities vary, and all volunteers (except Local Volunteers) must commit to being in Houston for one week. Volunteers arrive on Monday, June 25, and depart Sunday, July 1, 2018.