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Registration opens August 6th!

Renew. Learn. Rest. Grow. Let go. Connect.
Fall Theological Retreat


All rostered leaders of the ECSW are warmly invited to attend the Fall Theological Retreat with Bishop Anne Edison-Albright and colleagues across the synod. In addition to learning there will be time with colleagues, time to explore beautiful Door County, time for worship, and for rest. While synod compensation guidelines budget annually for your participation in the retreat, if cost becomes a factor please reach out. Any questions may be directed to: jeanne.jerks@ecsw.org.

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This time of renewal will be led by Rev. Kara and Rev. Dr. Andrew Root who were with us virtually last year but hope to encourage us again and help us to hold space for us under the theme:

Leading and Living in These Times

Racing Against Time: The Pressure to Innovate and How it Backfires
Entering Time: Letting Sabbath Help Us Live in the Present
Not Enough Time: The Modern Crisis Facing Congregations
Taking Our Time: Leadership as Responding to the Spirit’s Leading Living 
Deeply in Time: The Church’s Work of Attending to Sacred Time 

Rev. Kara Root is the Pastor of Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, MN, a Christian community that shapes its life around worship, hospitality and Sabbath rest.  She is a trained Spiritual Director and Certified Educator in the PCUSA.  Being mom to two entertaining kids (and a sweet dog), and wife and proofreader to a wily theologian, spices up her vocational calling and keeps her fully immersed in life.  She’s written for Sparkhouse, Working Preacher, Patheos and more, and leads retreats and workshops on sabbath rest, prayer practices, and church leadership and transformation.  Her first book, The Deepest Belonging: A Story of Discovering How God Meets Us is being released by Fortress Press in Spring 2021.
​Find out more about 
Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Andrew Root is the Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, USA. He writes and researches in areas of theology, ministry, culture and younger generations.  His most recent books are The Pastor in a Secular Age: Ministry to People Who No Longer Need God (Baker, 2019), Faith Formation in a Secular Age (Baker, 2017), and Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science (Fortress Press, 2018).  Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Kara, two children, and their dog.  When not reading, writing, or teaching, Andy spends far too much time watching TV and movies.
See Andy’s website for more.
​Find out more about Luther Seminary.

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