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Saskatchewan Synod Regional Gatherings

The Art of Engaging in Difference: Cultivating Spiritual Friendships


South Gathering REGISTER HERE  Regina – May 27, 2017 Luther College @ U of  R, Regina

North Gathering REGISTER HERE  Saskatoon – June 17, 2017 Lutheran Theological Seminary

Cost is $20.00


Key Note Speaker David Goa

David Goa was born in Camrose, AB to Sloveig and Finn Goa who had immigrated from Norway to Canada. He studied history, philosophy and the history of religions in Chicago. David has been involved in various research and documentation and communications projects both in Canada and abroad. He built the program for the study of culture through his field research work over thirty years at the Royal Alberta Museum.

The Art of Engaging in Difference: Cultivating Spiritual Friendships

Christianity, Judaism and Islam as well as other religions, both in worship and in their theology, invite the faithful to engage the sojourner, stranger, enemy and the neighbour we are free to choose and those we struggle to not recognize as neighbour. We are called, or so it seems to me, to finding ways of working across denominational and religious lines, across the liberal/conservative divide, and, in ways large enough to break down the secular/religious silos to nurture healthy and textured communities. How may our churches through the spiritual disciplines central to its worship and teaching work to recover the pathways and meeting places where we can come to know and share in the joy and sorrow of others with whom we are not likeminded?

Our conversation will explore friendship with our Muslim neighbours and ways of engaging those in our own church communities who challenge us with their deep differences.



Workshop 1: Rostered Ministers Compensation Changes 

Presented by: Lisa Thiessen, ELCIC GSI 

The work of a rostered minister is unique; it is God’s work. The Letter of Call documents the sacred relationship. The Employment Agreement documents the secular relationship. Within secular employment legislation a rostered leader is an employee and the congregation is an employer. Both already have a legal contractual obligations and rights, whether or not there is a written agreement. The ELCIC Employee Agreement helps bring clarity and certainty to those rights and obligations that are not often discussed and not always obvious, until there is a misunderstanding.


Workshop 2: Exploring our Majority Cultural Identity

Presented by: The Mission in Ministry Committee

God has created us with distinct differences that are part of the beauty of all of creation. Unfortunately, in many cases, the differences that we are to celebrate, end up being the reason we, either as individuals, or more often as a society, build walls between us and others, between us and those who are different, whatever the differences may be. The walls we build can take many shapes and forms, and often times we may not even be aware of them. This workshop will get us started on how to begin to identify some of those walls and how we can journey towards being who Christ is calling us to be, a loving  neighbour.


Daily Schedule

8:00-9:00         Registration

9:00-10:00       Opening Devotion/Bible Study – Bishop Sid

10:00-10:30     Refreshment Break

10:30-11:30      Key Note Speaker – David Goa #1

11:30-12:00      Bishop’s Update

12:00-12:45     Lunch Break

12:45-1:45       Key Note Speaker – David Goa #2

1:50-3:30        2 Concurrent Workshops

Rostered Ministers Compensation Changes


Exploring our Majority Cultural Identity

3:30-345      Refreshment Break

3:45-4:10     Conference Meetings

4:15-4:45     Sending Service

Offering designated to:  Lay Academy

2017 Regional Gatherings Brochure

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