CONVO 2013 IS NOW HISTORY!
The theological conference of the Central States Synod was held Nov. 12-14 at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Mo. Over 150 participated in the annual event around the theme “What in Our Past is God Using for the Future?”
The days were filled with learning, fellowship, worship and time to “re-create.” The speakers were The Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Wengert, Ministerium of Pennsylvania Professor, Reformation History, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia; and Dr. Susan W. McArver, Professor of Church History and Educational Ministry. Director of the Center on Religion in the South, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.
Included in the Wednesday morning Eucharist, Revs. Susan Candea and Keith Hohly were installed as Bishop’s Associates.
Thanks to all who helped make Convo a success! Special thanks go to: our additional speakers Pr. Chad Langdon, who brought us up to date about the new Latino Ministry start in Wichita, and Pr. Libbie Reinking for sharing information about The Bridge ministry in St. Charles, Mo.; Pr. Roy Christell and the musicians from Living Lord in Lake St. Louis, Mo. for their music and leadership in worship; to all who lead and assisted during the worship services; and Dr. Ellen Spake from Rockhurst University in Kansas City for her presentation and sharing the St. John’s Bible.
The dates for next year’s Convo have not yet been set. Bp. Gustafson and staff will be working with a Convo Task Force in the near future. Please contact the synod office if you have an interest in serving on this Task Force.
We have had many requests for the text of Bishop Gustafson’s sermon during Wednesday morning Eucharist. To download a copy, click Bp. Sermon.
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ABOUT THE CONVO …
The Bishop’s Convocation is the theological conference of the Central States Synod, ELCA. It is an opportunity for leaders — lay and ordained — to gather and learn. The program costs are subsidized by the synod. Spouses and significant others are welcome as full participants; lay leaders are invited to attend.
ABOUT THE THEME … What in Our Past is God Using for the Future?
In times of rapid change, Christians are tempted either to ignore and scorn the past altogether in search of the newest, quickest fix to what ails them or to worship the past and cling to outmoded practices as if they were God’s commands. This year’s Convocation allows participants to harvest the very best from our Reformation heritage while learning new ways to examine and use the past critically, for the sake of the church’s life and mission.
ABOUT THE LOCATION …
We will meet at the Lodge of the Four Seasons, 315 Lodge of the Four Seasons Dr., Lake Ozark, MO 65049. For directions go to: www.4seasonsresort.com/directions.php. We will be meeting in the Granada meeting rooms.
Rooms are $101 per night. You must make your reservations directly with the Hotel. You can call the Hotel Reservations Department toll-free at 888-265-5500 or reserve on-line by CLICKING HERE. To assure a room at this rate, please reserve by October 12, 2013. A 72-hour notice is required for cancellation.
ABOUT CONVO REGISTRATION …
REGISTER ONLINE to pay by credit card or complete the downloadable CONVO REGISTRATION FORM and mail along with a check for the registration fee of $140 per person. Registration deadline is October 12. The registration fee includes dinner Tuesday evening, three meals Wednesday, breakfast Thursday and breaks.
ABOUT THE SCHEDULE …
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Registration begins at 11 a.m. (lunch on your own)
The convocation begins at 1 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
After the morning sessions and lunch, the afternoon is free.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14
The Convocation ends at 12-noon (lunch on your own)
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS …
The Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Wengert
Ministerium of Pennsylvania Professor, Reformation History
Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, PA
The Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert teaches primarily in the fields of Reformation history and the Lutheran Confessions. A parish pastor for over seven years in Minnesota and Wisconsin, he received his doctorate from Duke University in 1984 and joined Philadelphia’s faculty in 1989. He has written many scholarly articles on the Reformation and discovered and published contemporary notes on two of Martin Luther’s sermons from 1520. Besides his published dissertation on Philip Melanchthon’s interpretation of John’s Gospel, Professor Wengert is co-editor (with Robert Kolb of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis) of the recent English edition of The Book of Concord. His translation into English of Luther’s Small Catechism is widely used throughout the ELCA.
Wengert served the ELCA as a member of the ELCA–United Methodist dialogue team and as member of the Task Force for ELCA Studies of Sexuality. He also served the on a Lutheran World Federation team in conversation with the Mennonite World Churches. He now serves on the North American Lutheran/Roman Catholic dialogue and on an international team of scholars producing an ecumenical commentary on the 95 Theses of Martin Luther. He is general editor of a Fortress Press project of six volumes of ‘The Essential Luther’ and the general editor of Baker Academic’s Dictionary of Luther and Lutheran Traditions. Prof. Wengert is married to the Rev. Ingrid Fath Wengert and has two children (by his late wife Barbara).
Dr. Susan W. McArver
Professor of Church History and Educational Ministry
Director of the Center on Religion in the South
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
Dr. McArver joined the Southern Seminary faculty in 1998. She holds a B.A. from Salem College, a M.A.R. from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, and a Ph.D. in American Religious History from Duke University.
Her doctoral dissertation was entitled, ”A Spiritual Wayside Inn’: Lutherans, the New South and Cultural Change in South Carolina, 1886-1918′. Her scholarly interests include religion in the South and women’s history. She is currently serving on the South Carolina Synod’s ‘History Matters’ project, a three to five year effort to help congregations preserve their history and tell their stories.
Dr. McArver is a lifelong Lutheran: in fact, her three sons are 10th generation southern Lutheran. Her family owns a charter from King George III granting her ancestors land in the 18th century in the ‘Dutch (Deutsch) Fork’ area of South Carolina. Her family still owns the land and the log cabin her family built on it before the Civil War.
WHAT TO BRING . . .
Your Bible, an ELW (if available) and your Book of Concord. If you can’t find your edition or if it’s packed away and you would like to purchase one, you can do that online by clicking Augsburg Fortress.
AT THE CONVO …
Joyce “JP” Palmer, Regional Director of Lutheran Planned Giving, will be present to work privately with individuals on their own estate planning and to help them discover what options are available in their situation to accomplish their legacy goals. To schedule an appointment in advance, call “JP” at 816.204.5181.
Paula Kitt, our Mission Investment Fund Area Representative will be present. The Mission Investment Fund is subsidizing the costs for one of our breaks.
Our thanks go to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for subsidizing a portion of our audio/visual costs.