for Clergy & Laity
West Virginia - Western Maryland Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
(9 September 2021)
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
The education 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 being offered.
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).
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. Kevin Mackey (OKVC)
Pr. Daniel Warntz (PC)
Pr. Ruth Bullwinkle (MVMC)
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 The
Revs. Daniel Warntz (PC), Kevin Mackey (OKVC), Sherri
Schafer (UOVC), and Ruth Bullwinkle, 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 continuing ed.
Thanks are owed to Prs. Christine Olson (past chair),
Paul Schafer, Casey Linemann, and Ryan Heycock for their,
now concluded, service on the team.
We've moved the older AARs (After Action Reports) on our past continuing education offerings to a page of their own. If you would like to get a feel for continuing education in WV-WMD, click here for the AARs. More recent AARs are right here...
A workshop designed to help us better understand those on the autism spectrum was held 29 July 2021 via Zoom. Organized by our DEM, it was available at no cost to participants through the Mental Health First Aid Grant received from ELCA Disabilities Unit. Erin McFarland led the workshop. Erin is a Licensed Counselor, working for the past 10 years in the Catholic Schools in Wheeling and Weirton in the School Based Health Program. She has a Masters in Community Counseling and is Licensed in the State of West Virginia and Ohio. Prior to working in the schools, Erin practiced counseling at Hillcrest Psychiatric Unit on the youth and adolescent unit as well as doing outpatient counseling at Wellsprings Family Services and Hillcrest Outpatient Services. Before that, Erin worked at Fox Run Psychiatric Hospital and Harmony House Child Advocacy Center for Children. Erin began her career as a Counselor at The Children's Home of Wheeling, working with abused and neglected young men.
"Bishop's Time" ran about an hour, with synod clergy
gathering on 27 July 2021 via Zoom. Reports from Camp
Luther, Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU, Community
Lutheran Partners, Inc., our Youth Gathering lead, our
DEM, our Madagascar lead, and the Nominating Committee
chair joining that of the bishop. The bishop covered
roster changes, congregational vacancies, matters related
to Synod Assembly, and some liturgical items. A synopsis
is being prepared for synod clergy.
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....
In light of the pandemic, planning for a some sort of
fall 2021 LARCUM event(s) has been scrubbed. The LARCUM
planning team will meet again in January to continue
planning for the spring 2022 event. You can follow LARCUM
on facebook to get the latest information.
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
The SCALDers started thinking about SCALD III, but
the pandemic has put such thinking on hold until we have
some sense of when we can return to in-person events.
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.
Being part of something larger than ourselves, of a narrative that extends beyond our lifespan, and of a community that sustains us in this life, are all essential aspects of meaning-giving identity. How do these ideas shape our sense of self and determine our relationship with others? Why does “belonging” matter so much to us? Join us in a time of theological reflection and wonder at the interconnectedness of God, nature, and human experience.
Dr. Erwin will use historical, autobiographical, and
theological approaches to explore the question of what it
means “to belong”—to a place, to a culture, to a faith,
and to a church. What is the nature of our connectedness
to the natural world? How do we understand ourselves as
being part of a family, a community, or a culture? How
does Scripture use the idea of belonging, and how has
Christian tradition shaped its own understanding?
The event will be held by online, 22 Sept. 2021, 9:00
a.m.-3:00 p.m.. More information on how to access
President Erwin's lecture forthcoming on the ULS Facebook
event. Click here to
RSVP and follow the event.
The West Virginia Council of Churches is well into planning the next WVCC Annual Assembly. As with the 2020 Assembly, sessions will be held by Zoom and spread out over a four week period an opening day of conversation and worship and conversation on Oct. 11 and webinars on Oct. 14, 21, and 28, and on Nov. 4. The current line up includes
As other webinars are firmed up, we'll announce them. We'll also post the registration link when it becomes available.
Luther Colloquy 2021 will gather under the title,
"Lutheran Spirituality," on the Gettysburg Seminary campus
on Oct. 20. The seminary website issues this invitation:
Join us for Luther Colloquy 2021 as we explore the spirituality of Lutheranism. What is Lutheran spirituality, what are its roots, and how has it changed over time? How does the church today meet those who yearn for spirituality but assume it cannot be found in “institutional religion”? How does spirituality shape the life of the church and inspire a commitment to justice, liberation, and care for the natural world?
Here's the lecture lineup:
You can find out more at Luther Colloquy.