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Continuing Ed and Discernment Events

Below are events for leaders (rostered and non-rostered) for continuing ed, discernment, training, etc.  Please contact the event coordinators directly for more information about these events.

Leadership Program for Musicians--various date, online

The Leadership Program for Musicians is pleased to offer online versions of various courses from the LPM curriculum. See below for the list of upcoming and future courses.

Most courses run in ten sessions with various assignments which may include regular participation on discussion boards and written assignments to be submitted. There may be textbooks required for your particular course. Other course materials will be delivered via the distance learning platform and links to other materials on the internet.

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Diaconal Ministry: History, Formation and Spirituality--Minnesota, Jan. 2018

This discernment course offered by the Deaconess Community of the ELCA is good continuing ed for pastors, as well as an excellent discernment event for those pondering public ministry of some kind.  Watch the web site for the details for 2018’s course.


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Training/Development events at the Leadership Institute of Union Presbyterian Seminary (various dates and locations)

FREE PUBLIC EVENTS (Click here for more information on both of these events):

 March 23, 2017 – The Dawe Lecture:  Dr. Randi Rashkover, of George Mason University, will engage us in the topic Comparative Learning: Judaism, Christianity and the Word -World Relation.  This is a free lecture open to everyone from 7:30 – 9 p.m. in Lake Chapel.  Registration is not required – you may simply show up!

April 19-20, 2017 – The Howie Center Events:  Shawna Bowman and Nanette Sawyer will lead worship, large group activities, and workshops related to Embodying God’s Story and Our Stories: Storytelling | Art | Worship.  There are a number of different events, beginning with community chapel on Wednesday, April 19, and ending with a labyrinth walk at mid-day on Thursday.   Please register at the link above for the events you will be attending.  Although everything is free, we would like to get an idea of how many will attend.


 UPCOMING WORKSHOPS (Note:  All of these will be held on the Richmond campus)

March 20-23, 2017 – Stewardship Comes in All Sizes, Shapes, and Colors:  It’s not too late to register for this four-day workshop featuring Dr. Deborah Rexrode, associate presbyter for stewardship at the Presbytery of the James, and Rev. Raymond Bonwell, corporate secretary of the PC(USA) Board of Pensions.  They will focus on telling the story and sharing the mission and vision of the congregation as a part of stewardship.  Cost is $250, including lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Click here for more information and registration.


April 3 to May 4, 2107 – Christian Education Certification Course in Reformed Theology:  This is a hybrid workshop, with the first month (April 3-May 1) taking place at home and through BlackBoard, followed by three days on campus (May 2-4).  The workshop will meet the requirements for PCUSA certification, but is open to anyone of any denomination who has responsibility or interest in Christian Education in the church.  Cost is $295.  Led by Prof. Tom James.  Click here for more information and registration.


April 4-6, 2017 – Writing (Righting) Wrong: Memory, Resistance, Resilience:  Join Prof. Katie Geneva Cannon and Prof. Paula Owens Parker as they facilitate this workshop assessing and redressing the muted, masked, and mangled testimonies and the transgenerational experience of women, men, and children whose ancestors were enslaved Africans.  Cost is $195, including lunch on Wednesday.  Click here for more information and registration.


May 15-17, 2017 – The Gospel of Matthew: Challenges and Resources for Preachers Today:  This series of presentations and conversations, led by UPSem professors John Carroll, Frances Taylor Gench, and Richard Voelz, will open up the world of Matthew’s narrative and its presentation of the ministry and teaching of Jesus, provide orientation to distinctive theological contributions Matthew makes to the life of the church, and suggest resources and strategies for preaching, all in preparation for the lectionary Matthew cycle.  Cost is $250, and includes lunch on Tuesday.  Click here for more information and registration.



Seminary for a Day returns on Saturday, September 23, 2017.  This is an opportunity to spend the day learning from UPSem professors in an informal workshop setting, and hearing interesting and inspiring keynote addresses.  All for $25, including lunch!  This year’s keynote addresses will be made by Prof. Richard W. Voelz, UPSem’s newest preaching professor, and Prof. Luke Powery, dean of the Duke University Chapel and professor of homiletics there.  Registration will be available soon at

Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

We are happy to announce our new Spiritual Direction Certification Program here on the campus of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.

Spiritual direction is a centuries-old Christian tradition; however, it has largely stayed rooted in the Roman, Eastern, and Anglican community.  Somehow, it fell off the Protestant “radar” for far too long.

Over the last few decades there has been a growing desire within Protestantism to embrace this ancient tradition again.

In search of spiritual directors, we Protestants have turned largely to our wonderful brothers and sisters in the non-Protestant traditions.  They have served us well.

We would like to begin to raise up new generations of Protestant (and Lutheran!) spiritual directors. With this sense of calling, we are offering our Spiritual Direction Certification Program.

You can find out more information in the Spiritual Direction Certificate Flyer. We are already half-way through the beta group cycle. Our next cycle of new participants begins with an intensive January 17 – 20, 2018.

"True To Myself" retreat hosted by Portico Benefit Services

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“True to Myself” April 18-20, 2018

McKanna-Sandrock Retreat Center at Lutheranch

Cost per Person: $425 (private room), $350 (double occupancy) Includes lodging, meals and program. All rooms have a private bath. Round trip transportation from Atlanta Hartsfield Airport for $50.00.

TO REGISTER contact NovusWay Ministries at 828-684-2361 or email Financial assistance upon request.

2018 ET – True to Myself SCHEDULE (Lutheranch)