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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.

Understanding, Renewing, and Co-creating
in God’s Good Creation

Lay School of Ministry of Northwest Synod of Wisconsin
2019-2020 Continuing Education Schedule

September 13 & 14
God is Here: Inhabiting Creation with a Room-Making God
            Mary Emily Briehl Duba, University of Dubuque - The 2019 Greg Kaufmann lecturer
            Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology, Louisville Institute Fellow
October 11 & 12
When the World was Wild and Waste & Other Creation Stories
            Pam Faro, Oral Performance Storyteller and Educator, M. Div.
            Richard Swanson, Augustana University (Sioux Falls)
               Professor of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics
November 8 & 9
Faith-Inspired Care for the Environment in the Southwest
            Glenn Schrader, The University of Arizona, Institute of the Environment
            Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
December 13 & 14
Creation: A Native American Christian Perspective
            Kelly Sherman-Conroy, Luther Seminary
            Ph.D. Student
January 10 & 11
Climate and Faith: The Science, Our Shared Values and Some Responses
            Jim Boulter, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Watershed Institute
            Associate Professor of Chemistry
February 7 & 8
A Watered Garden: Worship and Ecology
            Benjamin M. Stewart, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
            Gordon A. Braatz Associate Professor of Worship
March 13 & 14
Practicing Joyful Stewardship
            Jim Martin-Schramm, Luther College
            Professor of Religion                                                            

April 3-4    (weekend shift to avoid Good Friday)
Eco-Reformation, Jesus and the Bible: Cultivating Hope and Healing for All
            Barbara Rossing, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
            Professor of New Testament

May 8 & 9
Resisting Structural Evil to Heal a Broken World
            Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, California Lutheran University
            Professor of Theological and Social Ethics


* Full titles for some presentations will be coming in and Pastor Greg will update these are they are sent in.