calendar December 13, 2023 in Congregations, Leadership

Kindling Faith Programs for 2024

Kindling Faith has amazing programming as we begin 2024 together!

  • For Congregational Councils seeking to learn more about this vital ministry of the church—a new six-part zoom series kicks off on January 8th at 7 pm (meeting on the second Monday of each month through June). Click here to learn more!
  • For church leaders who want to get better at living through the anxious moments (Pastoral Care online series with Dr. Beth Toler, January 8 & 11.)
  • For those who wish to understand more about the challenges Black Americans face from day to day (Kindling Faith with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission presents the short film “Burden” on January 10th at 7 pm. Free online event for rostered and lay people.)
  • For those seeking spiritual formation throughout the 2024 in an easily accessible online interface. (Breathing in Christ with Deacon Marsha Roscoe.)
  • For Rostered and lay leaders seeking to grow justice advocacy and ministry in their congregation, the “Pillars of Sacred Justice Lenten Series” starts on February 15th.
  • Leading from the Second Chair” is a special in-person program for Associate Deans and Pastors serving in corporate-sized congregations. February 26-27 on the Gettysburg Campus.
  • A special one day event for lay and rostered leaders who feel weary from wandering in the wilderness—“Fostering Spiritual Resilience” will be held on the Gettysburg campus and online February 29th. Part of the Small but Mighty Church series.
  • Synod-authorized training programs are available in March and April. We are offering in-person training on both the Philadelphia and Gettysburg campuses in March. Online trainings will be available in April. Anti-racism, LGBTQIA2S+ Competency, and Boundary concepts are the topics. Register here.
  • The Nolde Lecture series welcomes author Anthony Ray Hinton to the Philadelphia campus on Monday, March 18th at 7 pm for a free lecture about his experience of living on death row for thirty years. The event will also be livestreamed and his book And the Sun Does Shine will be available for purchase and signing. Register here to attend in person or via livestream.
  • For Women in Ministry to be Affirmed and Celebrated (Calm in the Chaos 2.0 with Dr. Crystal Hall April 4-6 at Gettysburg) Register here.
  • “Rediscovering Hope” with Nancy Nyland will take place on April 11th at the Gettysburg campus and online. Nyland has taught the ELCA’s congregational vitalization workshops for several years. This workshop will focus on reclaiming our hope in Jesus Christ and how this shapes our evangelism and outreach; part of the “Small but Mighty Church Series.” Registration coming soon.
  • Spring Convocation on the Gettysburg Campus will take place April 24th. The theme is “Theodicy” and will feature Dr. Natalia Marandiuc and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Kate Bowler. Register here.

Save these 2024 dates for Authors at ULS:

Save the dates for Summer 2024:

  • Theological Learning with Adults featuring Dr. Allison deForest Professor of New Testament, July 14 – 19
  • Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate II: July 28-August 2 (Week Long Artist in Residence: David Hayward aka The Naked Pastor)
  • Summer Ministry Institute: Worship in Context with Rev. Jonathan Rundman and Rev. Sarah and Erik Teichmann, August 11 – 16

As always, I give thanks to the people of the Lower Susquehanna Synod for their special support and for all ULS donors who make our mission possible.

Kindling Faith—because learning never ends.