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Continuing Education classes are open to all Lay School of Ministry participants who have completed their first two years of basic studies.

Each year the Lay School Board chooses a theme and invites instructors from around the country to cover our topics. We seek out instructors from our ELCA seminaries and colleges, as well as experts at public and private universities, colleges and other institutes.

2023-2023 Continuing Education Instructors and Topics

Public Witness

September 9 and 10 in-person (pandemic permitting) with hybrid option
Worship and Culture: What's the connection? Why does it matter?
Rev. Felix Malpica, Bishop of the La Crosse Area Synod

October 7 and 8 in-person (pandemic permitting) with hybrid option
Leading with Love: Building Bridges with our Neighbors
Rev. Dr. Kristin Johnston Largen, President of Wartburg Theological Seminary

November 11 and 12 Zoom only
God with Us: Matthew’s Wisdom for Public Witness
Rev. Dr. Ray Pickett, Rector of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

December 9 and 10 Zoom only
Renounce and Pronounce: Social Justice as Baptismal Identity in Motion
Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen, Freelance Theologian OMG Center

January 13 and 14 Zoom only
God in the Neighborhood: How Relationships are the Heartbeat of Justice
Rev. Emily Scott, St. Mark’s Evangelical (Baltimore), author of For All Who Hunger

February 10 and 11 Zoom only
White Supremacy: What it is, How it Looks, and What it Does
Rev. Kenneth Wheeler, Author of forthcoming book on this theme.

March 10 and 11 Zoom only
Worldwide Witness: Faithfulness Goes Global
Rev. Dr. Martin Junge, Outgoing General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation

April 14 and 15 in-person (pandemic permitting) with hybrid option
A Dedication to Courage: Faithful, Artistic Witness
Rev. Tamisha A. Tyler, Theologian, Artist, Lover of People

May 12 and 13 in-person (pandemic permitting) with hybrid option
Elders Rising: Longevity and the Community of Active Compassion
Rev. Dr. Rollie Martinson, Professor Emeritus, Luther Seminary


* signifies in person and zoom options      ❉ signifies a month with only zoom