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2019 Fall Theological Conference

October 6, 2019 - October 8, 2019

Location: College of Saint Benedict. St. Joseph, MN
The conference will begin Sunday evening and go until Tuesday, early afternoon. Click here for an updated schedule. 

The Fall Theological Conference is for SW MN Synod Pastors, Deacons, TEEM Students, Interns, Synodically Authorized Lay Ministers, and paid staff youth coordinators.

By action of the 1988 Synod Assembly, this conference has been designated as an “official synodical event.” This means that all pastors and deacons under call or appointment are expected to attend. If you must be absent, please email Bishop Jon Anderson at jon.anderson@swmnelca.org.

Registration Information:

Registration fees are separate from lodging.
$135 regular fee
$85 reduced fee (for grads awaiting first call, interns, on-leave-from-call, and retired pastors/AIMs not serving in an interim position)

If you are serving in a call less than full time or are under compensation guidelines for continuing Education funds please contact the synod office for the possibility of a grant or a reduced registration fee.

The cost per person includes the conference fee, Monday lunch and Tuesday lunch with refreshments throughout the conference.

Click here to register!

Lodging Accommodations:

All lodging accommodations are separate from the conference cost and you are responsible for making your own lodging accommodations.

Rodeway Inn, Saint Joseph 
1825 E Minnesota St, St Joseph
(320) 363-7711 or click here.
For a discounted rate if you book before September 8th
-$69.88 plus tax for a Single Room
-$79.88 plus tax for a Double Room

AmericInn by Wyndham, Sartell  (there is a driving shortcut to the college, ask the front desk for directions)
119 Lesauk Dr, Sartell
(320) 259-1120 – talk to the front desk
Group: SWMNSynod
Rate: $93.41 plus tax

Homewood Suites by Hilton, St Cloud
115 37th Ave N, St. Cloud
(320) 252-5900
Save $14 by booking online.
Booking Link: https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/hw/reservation/book.htm?ctyhocn=STCMNHW&corporateCode=3072653&from=lnrlink

Conference Speakers: 

Dr. Todd Green
Sunday presentation: Interfaith Etiquette in an Age of Islamophobia
Monday presentation: Rethinking Our Approach to Islamophobia

Todd Green is Associate Professor of Religion at Luther College. A nationally recognized expert on Islamophobia, Green served as a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. State Department in 2016-17, where he analyzed and assessed the impact of anti-Muslim prejudice in Europe on countering violent extremism initiatives, refugee and migrant policies, and human rights. He has given lectures on Islamophobia to other federal agencies, including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, and has authored resources and done consulting work for church-related organizations and educational institutions on Christian-Muslim dialogue. 

Rev. Dr. Anna Mercedes
Tuesday presentation: Being Church, Wider and Deeper
As we explore the ways our spirituality leans widely and deeply, in these last sessions we will probe the question of ways to imagine and embody church more widely and deeply. Anna will bring reflections from her ministry with young adults and favorite treasures from christology and feminist theology to bear on the question of how to be church in reimagined ways. She will ask us to apply these ideas to our own contexts and imagine the challenges and opportunities of greater width and depth as church.

Anna Mercedes teaches theology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. Her academic specialty is in the overlap between theology, gender studies, and peace studies. She is an ordained pastor for our synod in specialized ministry, serving the Protestant students at CSB/SJU. On campus she is also involved in leading a large grant on “Transformative Inclusion.” She is the author of Power For: Feminism and Christ’s Self-Giving and a contributing author to Transformative Lutheran Theologies: Feminist, Womanist, and Mujerista Perspectives. She is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and Drew Theological School. She is a member of Peace, Cold Spring, and a mother to three daughters.

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October 6, 2019
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