Building Interfaith Bridges Schedule for October 15th


Here is the information of the Interfaith Event in Redwood Falls with Dr. Sayyid Syeed

building-interfaith-bridges  Here is the download of information and schedule.

9:00-10:00 a.m. Fill out nametag, write questions for Dr. Syeed or the panelists

10:00 Welcome and opening prayer: The Rev. Rick Carus, Transitional Executive Presbyter of Minnesota Valleys Presbytery

10:10 Story of how this day happened: The Rev. Scott Prouty

10:20 Introduction of Dr. Syeed, Peggy Graue, Jaylani Hussein, Nahid Kahn, Elona Street-Street, Dr. Bernie Evans

10:40 Who’s in the audience?

10:50-11:25 Dr. Syeed gives opening talk to the gathering, time for questions

11:25 Instructions for lunch and prayer for the meal: The Rev. Pamela Prouty

11:30-12:25 Boxed lunches served in church dining hall
Time of fellowship and discussion

12:30 p.m. Interfaith Panel Discussion begins

1:55 Wrap up and close with prayer
Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed is the National Director of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), heading up its Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances in Washington, DC. He served for 12 years (1994-2006) as Secretary General of the Indiana-based national umbrella organization, which has more than 300 affiliates all over the U.S. and Canada.

Churchwide Voting Member Presentation Resources

Here are two Presentations if you wanted to create an interpretation tool for your congreation.

Churchwide voting members, here they are if you were not able to get them through the internet.

church-wide-assembly-ashley  – Ashley Dahl

church-wide-assembly-rita – Pr. Rita Augsburger

Thanks for your willingness to share this work with others.



2016 Fall Theological Conference Handouts

Equipping Disciples for God’s Ongoing Reformation
Sunday, Sept. 25 – Tuesday, Sept. 27

The schedule and the TED-Style talk descriptions will be printed and provided at the conference. Any other handouts are linked below. Limited printed copies will be available at the conference.

Monday, Sept. 26
TED-Style Talks
-Bishop’s Talk: Amendments to the Model Constitution for Congregation 20160822
-Bishop’s Talk: Called Forward Together in Christ, July 25
-Bishop’s Talk: Your Synod at a Glance (data)
-Bishop’s Talk: The supply of and demand for Clergy in the ELCA (markup version)

Tuesday, Spet. 27
-Susan Nienaber’s handout: Practical Skills for Helping People Deal with Their Deepest Differences

(Tuesday) Text Study Groups: 10:45 – 12:00 p.m. @ Luther Crest
The following rooms will be available for text study groups to meet. Some rooms are large enough to accommodate two or more groups.
Revised Common Lectionary
-Lodge – 30 people
-Program Center Spruce Room – 20 people
-Program Center Fireside Retreat Center – 20 people
-Chapel – 200+ people
Narrative Lectionary
-Adult Retreat Center Cedar Room (upstairs) – 40 people
-Adult Retreat Center Oak Room (downstairs) – 15 people


Church Law Day – Aug. 18

When: Thursday, August 18
Where: Gustavus Adolphus College Heritage Room -OR- LIVESTREAM!
– $40 per congregation attending the event. (up to four people) Meals are on your own at the Gustavus cafeteria
– $25 for a Live Stream.
Register your interest online by clicking here.

Click here to download event flyer.

After multiple requests, the Southwestern Minnesota Synod is again sponsoring training on employment law and other legal issues that may affect churches and other religious organizations. The training is being presented in conjunction with the Southeastern Minnesota Synod and with the support of Gustavus Adolphus College. Attend in person or watch our live stream.

Who should attend?
Pastors, administrators, and council leaders.
This event is primarily aimed at ELCA Lutherans but ecumenically open to all denominations.

Our primary teacher will be Attorney Stephen K Knowles of the law firm of Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mr. Knowles has been counsel for the Greater Milwaukee Synod since its formation and also provides legal services for other ELCA synods, the ELCA’s churchwide organization, and ELCA congregations. We will have both synod attorneys also present:
– Attorney Jonathan Norrie from the SE MN Synod
– Attorney Bob Dalager from the SW MN Synod

Topics to be covered:

  • What You Need to Know About the Employment at Will Rule.
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act and Revisions to Exempt Employee Salary Requirements.
  • Employment Policies and Employee Handbooks.
  • Interviewing and Hiring.
  • Discipline and Discharge.
  • What Is the Ministerial Exception and Why You Should Care.
  • “Quick Hits” on Other Legal Issues That May Affect Religious Organizations:
    • Unemployment insurance
    • Worker’s compensation insurance
    • Employment practices liability insurance
    • General liability insurance
    • Equipment leases
    • Space sharing agreements
    • ELCA constitution and bylaws
    • Embezzlement
    • Disclosure of significant events
    • Membership or attendance by sexual abuser or child abuser
    • Mandatory abuse reporting
    • Dealing with trouble makers