Walking Together

The Sacred Enneagram: Spiritual Growth Through Self Discovery

SAT, APRIL 21, 2018 - 8:15 am—12:30 pm

  • - Who am I?
  • - Why do I think, feel, and act as I do?
  • - How do I become more capable of loving others, myself, and God?
  • - How can I grow spiritually?

What is the Enneagram?

The Enneagram is an ancient spiritual tool.

The Enneagram, from the Greek words ennea (=nine) and gamma (=sign), is represented as a circle.

The Enneagram, more than just a personality test, explains the “why” of how we think, act, and feel. It offers a sacred map for our souls which leads us home to our true identity and God.

The goal of the Enneagram is to help us become more loving of other people, ourselves, and God.

For more information visit us online—

Christ Lutheran Church, 425 Riverside Rd, Belvidere, IL 61008, Phone: 815-885-2522

Guest speaker, Marci Madary, will provide an overview of the Enneagram to help us discover ourselves and improve interpersonal dynamics.

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Luther Seminary Spring class offerings

Continuing Education Opportunities from Luther Seminary

March 9, 2018
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Faith and Ministry in an Age of Anxious Groaning: Clinging to Hope for a Transformed Cosmos with the Apostle Paul
April 9-11

Scheduled to occur alongside Luther Seminary’s 2018 Fretheim Lecture in Biblical Theology, this extended KAIROS event will allow participants to take a fresh look at key aspects of Paul’s epistle. Topics expected to be covered include Paul’s views on sin and freedom, new creation, the basis and practices of Christian hope, the gospel as an expression of the power and love of God and the benefits of preaching Paul’s letters in the current cultural context.


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Awakening the Sage Within
April 10

During this interactive workshop, you will have opportunities to share your experiences as we introduce Sage-ing concepts, including life review, forgiveness work and issues surrounding mortality. We will explore images of aging and the role of spiritual development in the capstone chapter of life. Finally, we will begin the development of a personalized plan for our own eldering, including service to others and leaving a legacy.


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Finding Peace and Freedom in the Holy Process of Forgiveness
April 11

Because messing up is a part of the human condition, forgiveness is an ongoing concern in our lives and in the lives of the people we serve. Forgiving, along with not forgiving, has a very powerful impact, and even takes on added importance as we age. When we begin to realize that we don’t have as much time left, we often feel an inherent urge to put our lives in order. There is a growing desire to release our burdens in our preparation to meet God with peace in our hearts. Forgiveness can be deeply rewarding as it heals emotional and spiritual distress and alleviates physical symptoms.


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Empowered Laity—The Unfinished Reformation
April 26-27

An examination of the biblical, pastoral and practical implications of equipping laity to engage Jesus’ promise of “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these.” Special attention will be given to overcoming the default  understanding that not all the baptized are called to significant mission and ministry. Numerous stories will help illustrate what true empowerment looks like.


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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
May 3-4

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older - regardless of prior experience - who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.

Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world's leading suicide intervention workshop. During this two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide.


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Mini-M.B.A. for Pastors and Church Leaders: Leading and Managing in a Complex Environment
June 10-15

Today’s pastor is expected to assume myriad leadership responsibilities not anticipated during seminary. In addition to preaching and teaching, pastors are expected to oversee complex budgeting processes, manage personnel, maintain facilities, form strategic and long-range plans for growth and development and promote the church through traditional markets and social networks. By the end of this week, you will have developed critical management skills and nurtured significant professional relationships with other pastors and church leaders.


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Important Gathering News from Peg - March 15 is a big deadline!

March 11, 2018

Hi all,

I hope you didn't get messed with this silly daylight "saving" time. Doesn't save anything!! It is a foolish old practice that should go away! Okay, done with rant and on to pleasant things!!

In exactly 107 days the ELCA Youth Gathering will begin in Houston!! I hope you and your youth are getting excited!! Following is a list of deadlines and information. I was able to see a number of you at the CRE, but to those who were unable to go or to have someone pick up the packet and gift, you'll be able to get them at Synod Assembly in June.

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Synod Staff Adjustment

Monday, March 12, 2018

Dear friends in Christ:

We are making an adjustment in the synod staff, which will impact the Southwest Conference.  Pastor Mike Clark (pictured) is assuming the responsibilities of synod staff liaison to the Southwest Conference. He will continue his work in the West Conference. Pastor Kurt Nordby, at his request, will no longer be the staff liaison to the Southwest Conference, but will continue as Assistant to the Bishop for Stewardship and Development. I am grateful to Pastor Nordby for his fine ministry and I appreciate Pastor Clark’s willingness to take on some extra work on behalf of the synod. These changes become effective today.

Walking with you,

Bishop Jeff Clements

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Living Lutheran Stories - March 13, 2018

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