Dear Colleagues in Ministry and Friends,
Thanks go to the Rev. Dr. Mark Oldenburg, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Mark is coordinator for the 2015 Spring Academy during the week of April 27th through May 2nd. The 2015 Spring Academy invites clergy and congregational consideration of ministries which complement our chaplaincy ministries.
The Spring Academy is called: “Home and Away: Ministry With Those Coming Home and Ministry as the Global Church.” Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28th and 29th, participants and presenters will focus on homecoming – particularly the church’s ministry with people returning from combat and from incarceration. Obviously these are core dimensions of our ELCA federal chaplaincy ministries. At least three speakers of note I want to mention:
– The Rev. Dr. Dan Bell, Professor of Theology and Ethics, Southern Seminary – “The Moral Challenge of Moral Injury”
– Mr. John Wetzel Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Corrections – 2015 MLK Lecturer: “Proclaim Freedom: How Congregations Can Support and Welcome Home the Incarcerated”
– CAPT David Oravec, Chaplain Corps, USNR and Pastor, St Martin Lutheran Church, Annapolis – Workshop leader on Wednesday afternoon focusing on chaplaincy
In addition, there are bible study sessions, preaching reflections, worship and related sessions on topics bridging local ministries with people who can benefit from a genuine spiritual accompaniment. Clearly, the ministry you provide in chaplaincy is capturing the imagination of seminary leaders and practicing pastors as colleagues – not just people in a chaplain calling.
For more information, visit the website: http://www.ltsg.edu/academics/lifelong-learning/spring-academy
If you can attend, see details at the website. If you cannot be present in person, know that your work is part of an increasing awareness of how your ministry serving in chaplaincy is reaching those both “Home and Away.” Thank you for what you do in the day-to-day living of our hope in Christ.
Pastor Eric Wester
The Rev. Eric Wester
Assistant to the Presiding Bishop and Director, Federal Chaplaincies
305 E Street NW (Suite 300)
Washington, DC 20001
202.417.3692 | eric.wester
Congregational Resources: https://elcachaps.com