for Clergy & Laity
West Virginia - Western Maryland Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
(21 November 2022)
We've moved all the continuing education to this new page
because continuing education is not just for clergy. Both
laity and clergy will find offerings here. Some are for
laity only. Some are for clergy only. Some are for both.
That said, there is denominational encouragement for
clergy (and even requirements for certain classes of
clergy). If you are clergy (or a congregational mutual
ministry committee member), please review the general introduction for clergy
event matrix below is a quick way to skim our
offerings. Click on the linked text to learn about each.
Check beck periodically to find out what new thing is
Some educational events are recorded and available for
viewing at a later date. Beneath the education event
matrix, you find the archives matrix.
We've had a lot of events that are now behind us and have
begun work on the next series. Check back again and do be
sure to take a look at the offerings from our colleagues
across Region 8. Those are posted separately on Facebook (click here for more info).
Here are some things that are in the works, upon which we
would like to have your opinion.
Don't forget to check out the offerings from the other synods of Region 8
Clergy Cont. Ed Events Team
Pr. Sherri Schafer (UOVC), Chair
Pr. Ben Erzkus (MVMC)
Pr. Sally Bartling (PC)
At the Winter 2018 Synod Clergy Cont. Education Event, the presbyteral college elected to establish a committee for the design, planning, and management of synod sponsored clergy continuing education with one representative from each of the four conferences. Synod Clergy Cont. Ed, as we currently have it configured, provides approximately 12-17 per year, assuming attendance at both events.
Serving on the the Continuing Ed Committee we have Kevin
Mackey (OKVC), Sherri Schafer (UOVC), and Ben Erzkus
(MVMC), and Sally Bartling with Bp. Riegel as an advisory
member. Synod clergy should feel free to talk to their
conference's team about ideas and concerns related to
Thanks are owed to The Revs. Christine Olson (past
chair), Paul Schafer, Casey Linemann, Ryan Heycock, Ruth
Bullwinkle, and Kevin Mackey for their, now concluded,
service on the team.
Planning is now underway for the Spring 2023 event.
Everything is up in the air. As soon as we have a date,
venue, and topic, we'll let you know.
The Fall 2022 Event is history, and, based upon the texts
and emails from participants, it was a success on all
counts but especially with respect to the educational
component. The Rt. Rev. Dr. Craig Satterlee, Bishop of the
North/West Lower Michigan Synod, ELCA, (click here for a biographical sketch),
lectured on the topic of his upcoming book, My Burden is Light: Making Room for
Jesus in Preaching.
The event was held over the course of three days, 16-18 November 2022, at Cacapon Resort State Park. This is the first time that the synod clergy cont. ed event has been held at this park. The facilities were excellent. Unfortunately, a cold snap militated against some of the outdoor recreation options, but that did not get in the way of participants enjoying the setting and local amenities.
Attendance was strong and included pastors from Lower
Susquehanna, Southwest Penn, and Delaware-Maryland.
Sometimes we through in a continuing ed offering
specifically for clergy that is beyond our usual biannual
The Rev Dr. JT Miller, pastor of Zion Lutheran, McGregor,
TX, delivered a Stimulating lecture on the Book of Job on
Wednesday, 27 July 2022, to a gathering of clergy and
laity, representing six different judicatories.
Miller is the first to try out our "Working Vacation"
invitation. He is spending a little over a week on the
Mountaintop, providing pastoral services to the
Aurora-Redhouse Parish. While among us, he consented to
provide the lecture.
Some participants decided to take advantage of their time
in the highest-altitude incorporated city in West
Virginia, renting a cabin at Blackwater Falls. Rumor has
it that some excellent sausages in cider was served up for
dinner. A confirmed report of Pr. Ruth Bullwinkle beating
out four others at hearts has been received. Folks
planning on joining us for the Synod Clergy Cont. Ed Event
at Cacapon State Park should consider the recreational
opportunities afforded by the venue (and maybe challenge
Bullwinkle to a card game).
Peruse our past
events and get a sense of what we do.
The pandemic has certainly wreaked havoc with our LARCUM
plans. The planning team has been meeting and adjusting
matters as conditions warrant. Here's what's happening....
Lutherans interested in LARCUM may want to consider joining Team Wittenberg, our very own LARCUM fb group for Lutherans. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2828820697146887
SCALDers had been thinking about holding SCALD III
in the spring of 2020, but the pandemic came. Well,
we're thinking about it again. No definite time and
place has been selected, but late mid to summer is
looking like a real possibility. So, it's time to start
dusting off paper ideas. This is be an in-person event.
SCALD (Symposium for Central Appalachian Lutheran Dogmatics) is designed as a day of theological discussion, employing the symposium model. Presenters give papers with discussion of those papers open to all participants. It is about providing an intellectually engaging and profitable opportunity for rank and file pastors and lay theologians (amateur and professional) to test their all too often private ruminations among those capable of being critical and convivial at the same time.
SCALD II, meeting in Keyser, WV, on 21 Feb 2019,
saw a doubling of attendance over SCALD I, with 30
participating, representing 6 ELCA judicatories (WV-WMD,
LSS, Allegheny, MNYS, NC, and Del-MD). There were 2
non-ELCA folks there (TEC and UCC). There were 6 laity
and 24 clergy. One of the lay participants, a seminarian
from LSTC, even road the train overnight to attend.
Until the SCALDers get a proper page set up, you
can indicate your interest in SCALD III by visiting
SCALD II's facebook event and posting in the
comments thread. That way the SCALDers will know to let
you know about SCALD III.
Plans are coming together for a book study on
Melanchthon's Loci communes.
What we know:
What we do not know:
It is not required that someone be at every session. We're all busy, and you're not getting a certificate from an state-accredited agency for this. You are more than welcome to invite a friend for any particular session. Our first session was held on 19 September 2022, 3:00 p.m.—just because you missed the first session (or any subsequent session) doesn't mean you can't jump in. Here's the schedule (which, of course, is subject to change) from this point forward:
|Monday, 19 September 2022, 3:00 p.m.||Introductory
material by editor/translator
Basic Topics of Theology or Christian Theology in Outline
|Monday, 26 September 2022, 3:00 p.m.||The Power of Man, Especially Free Will|
|Monday, 3 October 2022, 3:00 p.m.||Sin
|Monday, 10 October 2022, 3:00 p.m.||The Law
|Monday, 17 October 2022, 3:00 p.m.||Councils
Vows of Monks
Judicial and Ceremonial Laws
|Monday, 24 October 2022, 3:00 p.m.||The Gospel
The Power of the Law
The Power of the Gospel
|Monday, 31 October
2022, 3:00 p.m.
Justification and Faith
|Monday, 7 November
2022, 3:00 p.m.
||The Efficacy of
Love and Hope
|Monday, 14 November
2022, 3:00 p.m.
Between the Old and New Testaments and the
Abrogation of the Law
The Old Man and the New
Mortal and Daily Sin
|Monday, 21 November
2022, 3:00 p.m.
|Monday, 28 November 2022, 3:00 p.m.
||Participation in the Lord's Table
We will use the first edition of the
Loci communes as the base text with
cross-referencing to the other editions to mark the
development of Melanchthon's thought. You will want to
find yourself a copy of the 1521 Loci communes.
There are several editions out there. Two of the most
Of course, there is nothing wrong with securing later
editions in addition to the 1521.
You can also find the Latin text online on Google Books here.
You may also join the "Melanchthon
Reading Group" Facebook group.
To register for the book study, click here,
or we can't let you know how to login.
This event is explained on our Social Ministry
page. In short, we have the opportunity to be in
conversation with our sisters in Madagascar on 1 December
2022, 11:00 a.m. EST. Visit the Social Ministry
page to get access to the Zoom links.
The National Workshop on Christian Unity will be held in
Milwaukee, WI, 8-11 May 2023. For more information, visit the NCWU website.
The 2023 Parliament of World Religions will convene in
Chicago, 14-18 August 2023, under the theme, "A Call to
Conscience: Defending Freedom & Human Rights." This
conference is open to anyone. There is a lot more
information than we can put on this page, so, click
here, to visit the Parliament of World Religions
website. If registered by 15 December 2022, you can save
$325 ($225 compared to $550 at the gate the day the
conference opens). There is also a much lower student
The Parliament of World Religions is the biggest and most
diverse religious conference in the world. It first
convened in 1893, in connection with the Chicago World's
Fair. The Parliament travels the world, and the last time
it was in North America was Toronto 2018. The last time
before that was Chicago 21993. So, if you are interested,
you may want to jump on this opportunity because it may
not be back within easy striking distance in the near
future, and Chicago is a very easy trip by train from our
Postponed — The meeting of the Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic has been postponed; the new date has yet to be set. Check out the site from time to time for new developments or sign up for The Bishop's Roadshow.
LHSMA will hold its 2022 conference on Saturday, October 15, on the Gettysburg Seminary campus, beginning at 9:00 a.m..
The program is free; there is a $10 cost for lunch.
No lunch cost for high school, college, and seminary
students. Registration is required. To register, complete
the registration form (see second page of this document in
PDF or MS-Word) or
register online at www.LutheranHistoricalSociety.com
The keynote lecture will be The Art of Exegesis: An Analysis of the Life and Work of Martin Hans Franzmann, presented by The Rev. Matthew Borrasso. Borrasso holds an S.T.M. from United Lutheran Seminary (2018). He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Birmingham (UK) researching the practical effects of Lutheran hermeneutics in the LCMS and ELCA regarding issues of human sexuality. His presentation focuses on his St. Paul, Biglerville Prize winning book.
A panel discussion titled, "Church Record Keeping in a
time of the COVID pandemic: What should we keep?" will
discuss what congregations should keep from their
experience with the pandemic including how to handle
digital records. The panel will feature The Rev. Dr. Maria
Professor of Modern Church History and Global Mission, United Lutheran Seminary, and Victoria Jesswein, Assistant Archivist, United Lutheran Seminary Library.
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Last year, we explored Johann Arndt's master work, True
Christianity. This year, we fast forwarded a few
centuries and dove into Action in Waiting by
Christoph Blumhardt has a fascinating biography,
involving both healing ministry, spiritual revival, and
politics, but he saw something even greater, saying,
I do not want to suggest that it is of little importance for God to heal the sick; actually, it now is happening more and more often—although very much in quiet. However, things should not be promoted as though God’s kingdom consists in the healing of sick people. To be cleansed is more important than to be healed. It is more important to have a heart for God’s cause, not to be chained to the world but be able to move for the kingdom of God.
Although the book study has wrapped up, you still engage
engage in conversation through the Christoph Blumhardt
Reading Group. Click here to learn
The West Virginia Council of Churches held a webinar on Dementia-Friendly Worshiping communities on 8 December 2021 with The Rev. Kathy Fogg Berry. Berry wrote the book When Words Fail: Practical Ministry to People with Dementia and Their Caregivers and co-authored, Dementia Friendly Worship: A Multifaith Handbook for Chaplains, Clergy, and Faith Communities.
The Rev. Kathy Fogg Berry received a Masters of Religious
Education from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky,
and a Masters in Patient Counseling and a postgraduate
certificate in aging studies from Virginia Commonwealth
University in Richmond, Virginia. During Kathy’s tenure at
Westminster Canterbury Richmond, she provided spiritual
care for residents with dementia diagnoses, their
families, and the staff who care for them. For the last
five years, Rev. Berry has offered the “When Words Fail”
seminar for clergy and lay leaders throughout Virginia and
she speaks regionally and nationally about spirituality
A recording of the webinar can be watched on the WVCC Facebook page.
Barb Keller offered a webinar for clergy on anger for
ELCA clergy, via Zoom, on 30 November 2021. A recording is
available. Contact the bishop or the D.E.M.