First Call Theological Education (FTCE) is an educational retreat for all newly rostered pastors and deacons and are structured programs of education during their first three years of service under call.  The common purpose of FTCE is to enhance the transition from seminary to parish. The desired outcome is that during their first three years under call they will have made the initial transition into their respective leadership roles and will have grown in knowledge of God's Word and the Lutheran confessional witness, in love for Jesus Christ and his Church, and in commitment to its mission.

Fall 2022 FTCE

September 22 - 24, 2022 at Shepherd of the Mountains, Park City, UT

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Registration Information

What will we be learning?

The sessions will consist of experiential simulations that assist the participants understand what if feels like to be a person in a group who feels different.  They can examine their unconscious biases, realize how easily stereotypes can be developed ,and what must be done to overcome the societal messages that have shaped perspectives.

Who will be presenting?

The Rev. Barbara Berry-Bailey, a fifth-generation Lutheran baptized into the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, was ordained into the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1992.  She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, concentrating in radio, television, and film, and enjoyed a career in public broadcasting, including National Public Radio in Washington, D. C., before entering the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. 

Prior to serving as Special Assistant to the Bishop for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Pastor at St. Paul Lutheran in Denver, CO, she served as Intentional Interim Pastor at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City Utah; Manager for Relationships in East and Southern Africa in the Global Mission unit of the ELCA Churchwide Office, while concurrently as Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Chicago. 

When she finds the time, she enjoys cinema, music, quilting, tap dancing, and cooking for friends and family. 

Where will we be staying and meeting?

We will be staying at the DoubleTree in Park City, UT, 1800 Park Ave, Park City, UT 84060. Please let us know in the registration if you have a roommate preference. Those wanting their own room will be charged an additional $75.

We will be meeting at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, 4051 UT-224, Park City, UT 84. Participants can arrange carpools to/from the hotel and church or take public transportation.

Where will we be eating?

We will be eating breakfast at the hotel, and most other meals at Shepherd of the Mountains. On Thursday evening we will go out to dinner together or in small groups in Park City. There will also be plenty of snacks available.


Thursday, September 22nd

Noon                          Gather for lunch at Shepherd of the Mountains
1 – 4 p.m.                  Session I – Community Building and Introduction (Rev. Barbara Berry-Bailey)
4:30 p.m.                   Opening Worship, Welcome to those beginning FCTE (SOTM)
6 p.m.                         Dinner out in Park City

Friday, September 23rd

Breakfast at the hotel, move to Shepherd of the Valley for the Day
9 a.m.                         Morning Prayer
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.    Session II – Gender Identity, Race & Political Diversity
Noon                          Lunch at Shepherd of the Valley
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.       Session III – Gender Identity, Race & Political Diversity
6 p.m.                         Dinner at __________

Saturday, Sept. 24th

Breakfast at the hotel, move to Shepherd of the Valley for the Day
9-10:00 a.m.             Session IV –Wrap-up Discussion
10:15 a.m.                 Closing worship, farewell to those completing FCTE
11:00 a.m.                 Departure