Together with members of the Outreach Team of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), United Lutheran Seminary offers an opportunity to engage in ways to build ministries of welcome. Recurring themes throughout scripture to love the neighbor and extend hospitality to alien,sojourner, and stranger issues a call to each and all believers. In the Entertaining Angels training, LIRS strives to accompany people of faith as they hear this call and discern what shape that will take in their lives, individually and as communities of faith.
The Fall Convocation will be held on 3 consecutive Thursdays to allow engagement and respite from the daily hectic nature of the world and work - Sept. 10, 17 and 24.
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Sept. 10 at 11:45AM - The Biblical Mandate for Hospitality: Dr. Crystal Hall, ULS Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, and Dr. Javier (Jay) Alanis, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Associate Professor of Theology, Culture and Mission will hold a discussion about the Biblical mandate to extend welcome to the newcomer. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion with Dr. Hall & Dr. Alanis.
Sept. 17 at 11:45AM - The Lutheran Legacy of Welcome: Engage with Rev. Ed Whetstone, ELCA, who will talk about LIRS influence on U.S. policy and his experience in congregations that co-sponsored refugees. There will be opportunity for questions and engagement with Pastor Whetstone, someone who has “been there.”
Sept. 24 at 11:45AM - Meaningful Dialogue and Move to Action: Rev. Sara Lilja will lead us in a model for engaging in difficult conversations around complex problems. There will be opportunity to engage in breakout rooms around these topics and a chance to hear back from each room:
Advocacy – Meet with Tracey DePasquale, Director of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of PA to learn about the Presidential Determination and how to write a letter/make a call to members of congress about this Determination.
Food Security – Meet with an immigrant who has experience with food insecurity and the realities of this and a public-school leader who created a feeding program during Covid-19. Learn how congregations and communities can become involved in making sure all have access to food.
Virtual Tutoring – Engage with Shelby Kruczek to learn how to offer Virtual Tutoring as a community outreach program.