Leadership 2019

2019 IK  Synod Professional Leaders Conference
September 22-24, 2019

Drury Plaza Hotel, 9625 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN (Monday and Tuesday) and Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 3650 W. 106th St., Carmel, IN (Sunday night only)

  • Registration with Single Room – $340 (space is limited so register early)
  • Registration with Double Room – $225
  • Registration for Conference and Meals – $125 (no lodging)
  • Registration for Conference Only – $80 (no meals or lodging, but Sunday night fellowship is included)

Registration is now open: https://ikleaders2019.eventbrite.com

We will begin with worship and fellowship at Pilgrim Lutheran at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday and conclude before lunch on Tuesday. All other sessions will be at the Drury Plaza Hotel.

Love and Listen to Your Neighbor:
Anti-Racism Training and Deliberative Dialogue

This year’s annual gathering of deacons and pastors from around the synod will continue the theme of this year’s synod assembly as we engage in Anti-Racism Training led by Judith Roberts, ELCA Program Director for Racial Justice, and be introduced to and experience the process of Deliberative Dialogue led by Rev. Dr. Leah Schade, ELCA pastor, author, speaker, and professor at Lexington Theological Seminary.

Judith Roberts works with the ELCA Racial Justice Ministries which educates, equips and engages leaders to analyze the systems of racism and identify solutions that create equitable outcomes within and outside the ELCA.

Advancing Racial Equity Training

This training will equip participants to apply a common framework and lens in identifying the many ways racism and other forms of oppression– manifest within ourselves, interpersonal interactions, institutions and across society. Through presentation materials and discussion topics—participants will acquire practical tools and strategies for implementing racial equity.

Holy Conversations: Race, the Church, and Finding the Purple Zone

Racism and white privilege are issues that affect virtually every American, directly or indirectly, often in deeply personal ways.  How can the church address these issues given the red-blue polarization of our time?  Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade will offer training for church leaders to facilitate deliberative dialogue in their congregations about race and its effect on safety and justice in America. Together we’ll find “the purple zone” for faithfully engaging important questions and framing the conversation within a biblical and theological perspective.

The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade is the Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky.  An ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for nearly twenty years, Leah earned both her MDiv and PhD degrees from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now United Lutheran Seminary).  She served three congregations in Pennsylvania in suburban, urban, and rural settings.  Her book, Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide, explores how clergy and churches can address controversial justice issues using nonpartisan, biblically-centered approaches and deliberative dialogue (https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538119891/Preaching-in-the-Purple-Zone-Ministry-in-the-Red-Blue-Divide#). Her 2015 book Creation-Crisis Preaching:  Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit (Chalice Press) is available at https://www.chalicepress.com/CreationCrisis.  She is also the EcoPreacher blogger for Patheos: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ecopreacher/.


Sunday, September 22, 2019
4:00 p.m. – Check-in at the Drury Plaza Hotel (enjoy their 5:30 Kickback before heading to Pilgrim Lutheran)
6:00 p.m. – Registration begins at Pilgrim Lutheran
7:00 p.m. – Opening Eucharist
8:00 p.m. – Fellowship and Fun

Monday, September 23, 2019
6:00-8:30 a.m. – Breakfast at the Drury Plaza Hotel
8:30 a.m. – Morning Devotions
9:00 a.m. – Advancing Racial Equity Training with Judith Roberts
12:30 p.m. – Lunch at the Drury Plaza Hotel
1:00 p.m. – Recreation/Free time (a list of activities and areas attractions will be available)
5:30 p.m. – Dinner at the Drury Plaza through the 5:30 Kickback (or you can choose to enjoy local restaurants)
7:00 p.m. – Holy Conversations: Race, the Church and Finding the Purple Zone – Rev. Dr. Leah Schade
8:15 p.m. – Evening Prayer

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
6:00-8:45 a.m. – Breakfast at the Drury Plaza Hotel
8:45 a.m. – Holy Conversations: Race, the Church and Finding the Purple Zone – Rev. Dr. Leah Schade
10:00 a.m. – Time with Bishop Bill
11:00 a.m. – Closing Eucharist

After listening to your feedback, and in the spirit of Isaiah 43:19, we are trying something new for this year’s event. By gathering in Indianapolis we will be at a location that is more accessible to our rostered ministers around the synod, and has lower costs than previous years because of what the hotel offers as included meals with the rooms. In fact, depending on your registration type, costs are between 15-25% less than last year! We will still have free time on Monday afternoon and there are a host of activities and things to do in the area—we will coordinate some intentional outings for those who want to enjoy nature, shop (IKEA!) or check out some local breweries/wineries, or you can venture out on your own.

If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Heather Apel, Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership, [email protected]







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