Adult or Intergenerational Studies

We are the Church
Congregational Resourcing Event
Saturday March 14, 2020.

Kishwaukee College - 21193 Malta Road, Malta
Find out more about the workshops and presenters at

A Preliminary List of Workshops

Keynote Presenter ...
Town Hall with Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton - In 2014, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), introduced four emphases that she has invited leaders to consider in their work as an understanding of this church. At our CRE, Bishop Eaton will speak on one of those four emphases, We Are Church.

Congregational Leadership ...
Called to Lead: Candidacy for Rostered Ministry in the ELCA
Congregational Constitutions Healthy Boundaries between Congregation and Rostered Minister: What a Congregation Needs to know
Leadership Conversation Resources for Recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women
Walking Together: Congregations / Collaboration / Sharing Ministries

Evangelism / Outreach / Hospitality ...
Becoming a Mosaic Community: Zion/Rockford
Congregational Ministry Review
Congregational Vitality
Developing an Effective Outreach Strategy
Making Connections
Visiting the Sick: What to Say (and What Not to Say)

Faith Formation and Growth …
“If the Church Were Christian then …”
50 Forward Ministry for Adults
Addiction & Spirituality: Getting Started in Addiction Ministry
Experiences in an Old Order Amish Community
Growing in Faith through diakonia®

Social Justice …
Addressing Racial Justice in Our Congregations
Advocacy and the LGBTQIA+ Community
Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent
Hunger by the Numbers—Mapping Hunger in Your Community
Introduction to the LGBTQIA+ Community
TerraCycling—An Alternative Recycling Program
The True Cost: Human Trafficking Panel Discussion
We Can End Hunger in Our Times
What Is Sanctuary?

Spirituality / Wellness …
It Isn’t CPR If You Don’t Break Some Ribs: A Paramedic, a Chaplain, Death and Life
A Journey through Grief
Barnabas Caregiving Ministry
Medicines for the Church Leader

Stewardship …
Gold Nuggets of Stewardship
Stewardship’s Flip-Side: Recognizing and Removing Obstacles to Generosity

Worship …
Celebrating the Vigil of Pentecost
Rejoicing Spirits—How to Provide an Inclusive, Shush-Free Worship in your community
The Altar Guild: The Unsung Heroes of a Congregation

Youth / Family / Children …
Boundless - God Beyond Measure - The 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering—What you Need to Know
Campus Ministry: Connecting with Young Adults in Campus Settings
Organized Sports: Where Does It Get Its Power?
Schools in Churches: A Partnership
Why We Come to Church - High School Youth

8:30–9:10 am Check-In / Continental Breakfast / Visit Displays
9:15–10:00 am   Welcome / Worship
10:00–10:30 am Keynote
11:00-12:00 pm Workshop Session A
12:00–12:45 pm  Lunch: Cafeteria or Dining Hall
(Pre-ordered vegetarian and gluten-free lunches available only in Dining Hall)
1:00–2:00 pm Workshop Session B
2:15–3:15 pm Workshop Session C

If you are interested in attending, please call Salem’s office to register (815/895-9171). The $25 fee (including lunch) will be paid by the Congregation ($30 after March 1 - lunch may not be available). Childcare is provided.

Unpacking White Privilege

A three-week discussion on white privilege starting March 8 at 12:30 and continuing March 15 and March 22. Each discussion will be about an hour and half. What is white privilege? How can we learn more about white privilege and racism? How can Lutherans promote fairness and racial equity in our churches, our communities and our country?
Lynn Buckner will lead the discussion. Meet at the church. The room – TBA.
If you would like to bring your lunch, please do so. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex.

Civil Rights Tour

June 2-9, 2020 All are welcome. Pastor Janet Hunt, First Lutheran Church in DeKalb will be leading this tour through Compass Travel and in partnership with ED-Venture, Inc. Jenny Ruff is the contact person through Compass Travel. Tour price is $1895. The tour destinations are as follows:

Clarksburg, TN - Stop for the night

Birmingham Al - to see the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park.

Montgomery Al - to see the Memorial to Peace and Justice, Rosa Parks Museum, and the Civil Rights Memorial.

To Selma across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Brown Chapel AME church, Monroeville, Al -Old  Courthouse  Museum, then on to  Jackson, MS

Jackson, MS - Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, Medgar Evers House

Memphis, TN - Emmett Till Historical Marker, Emmett Till Interpretive Centre, Sumner Courthouse.

Memphis, TN - National Civil Rights Museum

Departure for home

Brochures are available in the church narthex or you can download a brochure here

Lunch and Learn

Come to Lunch and Learn to Widen Your Horizons
Everyone is welcome to join in the lively discussions of Lunch and Learn, meeting each Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Salem’s chapel lounge. Bring your lunch and your readiness to grow in faith with understanding.

From February 20 to March 5 we will learn from well known mentor of Christian spirituality, Richard Rohr, as Connie Seraphine helps us discuss the ideas of his newest book, The Universal Christ. Rohr helps to free us from the narrow belief in a Christ who only frees individuals from their sins, to trust and relationship in a Christ who transforms the whole world.

From March 12 to April 2 Pastor Hank Milner will lead us into the profound insights of Martin Luther’s opposition of the theology of glory versus the theology of the cross. This discussion will help us all deepen our Lenten meditation and renewal of faith.

April 9 and 16 we will join Connie Seraphine again on a few more of the ideas from Richard Rohr’s The Universal Christ.

Household Dedication to Jesus, the Good Shepherd

What is a household dedication to Jesus, the Good Shepherd? A household dedication is a ceremony in your home in which you ask Jesus to guide and protect your family in a special way. In other words, you invite Jesus to be the Shepherd of your home. Look for the Household Dedication to Jesus, the Good Shepherd insert in this newsletter. Pick up a copy of the dedication in the Narthex