Events, Registration, & Educational Opportunities

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Boundary Training for Rostered Leaders and Professional Ministry Workers Boundary workshops are planned across our synod ever year so that rostered leaders and professional ministry workers receive the necessary training and education hours required by many church insurance policies and by our synod guidelines. All leaders should complete a basic or advanced boundary workshop at least once every three years. All rostered leaders are expected to attend one of these events. Compensated youth workers and musicians are encouraged to attend. To register, call Cathy Deitrich at 717-652-1852, ext. 104 or e-mail her at There is no charge for the training. A free-will offering will be collected to defray lunch costs. November 6: Epiphany Lutheran Church, Harrisburg  _________________________________________________________  
October 5-7
Celebration of Biblical Preaching: The Courage to Preach
Luther Seminary, 2481 Como Ave., St. Paul, MN
Speakers for this event include, Michael Brown (Senior Ministry, Marble Collegiate Church, NYC), Caroline Lewis (Alvin N. Rogness Associate Professor of Homiletics, Luther Seminary), Barbara Lundblad (Joe R. Engle Professor Emeritus of Preaching, Union Theological Seminary), Otis Moss III (Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago), Luke Powery (Dean of Duke Chapel and Associate Professor of Homiletics, Duke Divinity School). Visit for more information and to register.

October 13-14
Parish Secretaries’ Seminar: “Checks & Balances”
Bird-in-Hand Family Inn, Bird-in-Hand, PA
Workshops will be interspersed with devotions, meals, and free time. Our workshops this year include Clearing Up The Confusion, which explores the recent changes of the law concerning background checks. Can You Afford It, which explores copyright laws as they apply to the church, and It’s A Fine Line, which explores communication and boundaries between the parish secretary and pastor(s).  Our Spiritual Leader this year will be the Pastor Cindy Camp. The cost of the Seminar is $250.00 which includes five meals, presenter fees, workshop materials, and one-night’s lodging, double occupancy. Congregations and agencies of the Church are encouraged to provide this event as continuing education for their support staff. The Seminar is designed to provide opportunities to strengthen work skills needed in the modern office, to network with other secretaries/ administrators, and to grow spiritually. Secretaries/administrators are encouraged to bring multiple copies of job descriptions, newsletters, bulletins, guidelines, office manuals, etc. to share with others who will attend. To register, go to and click the link for Parish Secretaries under the Congregations column. Registrations are due no later than August 24. This seminar is open to all Parish Secretaries and Administrators from any denomination.

October 23-24
Safe & Healthy Churches Training: Ending Family Violence
DoubleTree Philadelaphia – Valley Forge, King of Prussia, PA
This two-day training is designed to help Christian pastors and lay leaders understand the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and the ramifications of violence on individuals, the church, and the community. It also equips churches to develop protocols to protect victims, prevent future harm, and respond effectively and sensitively to victims/survivors, their families, and abusers. Four break-out sessions will address issues particular to those serving in leadership roles. For more information, visit

PA Churches Mass Incarceration LogoOctober 23-26
“Lord, Let Our Eyes Be Opened: Breaking the Chains of Mass Incarceration,” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council of Churches
Red Lion Hotel, Harrisburg. Visit for more information.

November 1
Luther Rose Lectures “Martin Luther: Then & Now” with the Rev. Dr. Richard Carlson
Palm Lutheran Church, 11 W. Cherry St., Palmyra
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Click here for details and to register.

November 2
The Mission of God in an Intercultural and Interreligious World: Lutheran-Anglican-Roman-Catholic (LARC) Day of Dialogue with the Rev. Dr. Robert S. Heaney
Cardinal Keeler Center, 4800 Union Deposit Rd., Harrisburg
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
In ways perhaps never before imagined Christians of North America are called to live out and witness to the Gospel of Christ in a world and nation that is religiously and ethnically diverse. In order to carry out our Baptismal mission in this context Christians need to cross borders interreligiously and interculturally. This is especially true for those commissioned for ministry through Ordination. The Reverend Doctor Heaney will offer suggestions and provide models of how Lutheran, Episcopalian, and Roman Catholic clergy and laity can, in the context of our Christian mission, cross these boarders in our life and ministries.

Lunch is provided, and discounts are available for multiple registrations from parishes/congregations. Click here for a registration form.

November 6-7
Symposium on the Forgotten Luther: Advocate for the Poor
Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol Street Northeast, Washington, D.C.
Begins Friday at 6:00 p.m. and ends Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Hear from prominent scholars about the work of Luther and other reformers to end economic exploitation and advocate for the common good. Speakers include Carter Lindberg, Ph.D.; Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Ph.D.; Samuel Torvend, Ph.D.; Jon Pahl, Ph.D.; Gordon “Tim” Hoffman, Ph.D.

Director of Music, Paul Leavitt will lead the Reformation Choir in singing his original composition, “Luther’s Words” at the Friday reception. Welcome by Rev. Michael Wilker, Senior Pastor, Church of the Reformation (Lutheran), Washington, D.C. Click here to register.

January 31 – February 2
LSS Rostered Leaders’ Wellness Retreat Hotel Hershey, 100 Hotel Rd., Hershey, PA (Save the date!) Click here for more information and to register this fall.

April 14-17, 2016
White Privilege Conference: Understanding, Respecting, & Connecting Philadelphia, PA
Click here for updates and details as they become available.

April 15-17
The Weekend
Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg
The Weekend is a chance for you to spend intentional time wondering how God can use you to serve the church and the world. Click here for more information. The registration fee for The Weekend is $35. Once you arrive at Gettysburg Seminary, you don’t have to worry about housing or meals — we’ve got it covered. We offer a shuttle from BWI and Harrisburg airports- please indicate on your registration if you’ll be needing the shuttle service. For participants who are bringing children to The Weekend (awesome!) please indicate whether or not you will need childcare. If the cost of the registration fee or traveling to campus is a challenge, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Admissions Office regarding available financial support.