Fall Theological Conference


Monday, September 16-Wednesday, September 18

Lake Williamson Christian Retreat Center

Carlinville, Illinois

Pastors, deacons and those recognized for synodically authorized ministry in Central/Southern Illinois Synod are invited to the Fall Theological Conference for a few days of renewal and rest! Registration begins at 2:00 PM Monday, and the conference concludes Wednesday with lunch.

We gather for fellowship, for learning, for worship and for time away from regular responsibilities – time that may include extra naps, bike rides, tennis, hiking, or other activities on the premises or nearby. We meet at Lake Williamson Christian Retreat Center, which has a number of indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities, as well as quiet areas for reflection or visiting. This is open to us beginning with registration at 2:00 P.M. Monday. (For details about recreation opportunities go to www.lakewilliamson.org and choose “Basic Recreation,” and then invite some colleagues to join you in an activity Monday or Tuesday afternoon!)

The presenter this year is Kathryn Lohre, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Executive for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations & Theological Discernment. Her presentation is titled, “What Lutherans Bring to Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations.”

From 2012-2013 she served as president of the National Council of Churches USA, the first Lutheran and youngest woman, and edited the book For Such a Time as This: Young Adults on the Future of the Church (2013). Prior, she served as assistant director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, Dr. Diana Eck’s research project on religious diversity in the United States. She was a Consulting Editor for Engaging Others, Knowing Ourselves: A Lutheran Calling in a Multi-Religious World (2016). She is currently co-chair of the executive committee of the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign: Standing with American Muslims, Upholding American Values, a US-based, inter-religious coalition to end anti-Muslim bigotry.