Becoming Trauma Informed Congregations, session c, Workshop C33
Presenters: The Rev. Frank Langholf and staff from Live Free Rockford and Live Free Illinois
Pastor Frank Langholf is the Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Rockford. Pastor Frank has been working with Live Free, Rockford since 2021.
This workshop will be an opportunity to speak about the organization Live Free and the work that Live Free does across the state of Illinois to respond to gun violence and about its work to end mass incarceration. The presenters will introduce a Trauma Informed Response Training model aimed at helping churches and local clergy to respond to those impacted most by gun violence and the criminal legal system.
Carbon Pricing Basics- what you need to know about this powerful creation care tool, session a, Workshop A4;
session b, Workshop B18
Presenter: The Rev. Scott Ralston
The Rev. Scott Ralston has been chairperson of the Creation Care Sub-Committee for the Northern Illinois Synod for the last six years. The Creation Care “team” has been involved in several educational events: workshops, book studies, CREs, and Synod Assembly presentations. Creation Care has also had more hands-on events such as Earth Church and green team energy audits. We are blessed to have as the expert for this presentation Atty. Ruth Ivory-Moore one of the primary authors of the ELCA Carbon Pricing Basics document.
Following the Creation Care presentation “Carbon Pricing Basics” held via Zoom on February 17, this workshop offers an opportunity to engage in discussion on this important topic. This presentation is being offered in response to one of the "Resolves" included in Resolution 2 - ELCA Advocacy Support for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, adopted by the 2021 Northern Illinois Synod Assembly. The “Carbon Pricing Basics” is found here.
Eliminate Racism 815, session a, Workshop A6
Presenters: The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Board, Ms. Ann Rundall, Mr. Dick Rundall
Rev. Dr. Kenneth R. Board is a native of Shreveport, LA. He received his Doctorate of Ministry from Morehouse School of Religion. He served as the Senior Pastor of the historic Pilgrim Baptist Church in Rockford, Il from 2005-2020. He retired in 2020 and moved to Georgetown, Texas to be closer to family. He also served as an adjunct professor at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA.
Ms. Ann Rundall is an active member and leader of Eliminate Racism 815, as well as an artist, host of Art Camp in Rockford, and a graduate of Illinois College in Jacksonville.
Mr. Dick Rundall is Professor Emeritus Rock Valley College and served as Chairman of the Human Services Program. He worked in child welfare, mental health, counseling, disabilities and neighborhood organizing agencies.
This workshop will explain how Eliminate Racism 815, an all-volunteer organization, started with a small group of people who built relationships with governmental organizations and not-for-profits to work together to eliminate racial disparities and create a more belonging community.
Native American History and Racism, session b, Workshop B26
Presenters: Ms. Joan Soltwisch, Ms. Kim Choin, the Rev. Tom Gehring
Pastor Tom Gehring is the current pastor serving at Our Savior's Lutheran E.L.C.A. church, at Rocky Boy Reservation. Our W.E.L.C.A. Women were the last servant group that visited Rocky Boy and Our Savior's before the Covid-19 pandemic shut down visits.
Moved by the mission at Rocky Boy Reservation and W.E.L.C.A.'s continued support, presenters will discuss the "Doctrine Of Discovery" and its impact, that created a generational trauma, caused by racism. This led to mass incarceration, police violence, and poverty, experienced by this tribe and others.
“Shame of Chicago” Series: The Color Tax, session c, Workshop C42
Presenters: Ms. Joan Soltwisch, Ms. Kim Choin
Kim Choin is the past president of NI Synod W.E.L.C.A., having served for two terms and is currently the organization's treasurer. Ms. Choin is active in the area of justice, working with anti-trafficking and shelter education, within our organization and her community.
The film, "The Color Tax," part of the five-part documentary series, the Shame of Chicago, will be shown, documenting how the racist practice of "red lining" developed. The real estate practice of red lining created large areas of intentional poverty in the city of Chicago, IL, the effects of which are still being felt today. Time for discussion will be offered after the view of the film.
Starting a Conversation About Race, session a, Workshop A11; session b, Workshop B29
Presenter: The Rev. Dr. Janet Hunt
Pastor Janet Hunt has served as pastor at First Lutheran in DeKalb for 10 years and the rest of her ministry in various contexts in Northern Illinois. In her current context, her call has expanded to be about initiating and facilitating conversations about the impact of 'race' on our life together.
DeKalb, the community where the presenter serves is racially diverse. For the last couple of years a group has met (in person and on Zoom) to read and learn about the impact of race on our shared history. This workshop will explore that journey and offer some insight into how such conversations can be initiated in your congregation and community.
The Doctrine of Discovery, session a, Workshop A12
Presenters: The Rev. Carol Soderholm, the Rev. Jacob Gawlick, Ms. Marian Myers, Mr. Larry Cording
Pastor Carol Soderholm is a retired ELCA pastor who has been a pastor for 34 years. She still is active as an interim pastor and with community groups relating to justice, especially racial justice and care of creation.
Pastor Jacob Gawlik is pastor of St. John Lutheran, Sterling, and chairperson of the Social Ministry Committee.
Mr. Larry Cording is a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran, Scales Mound
The Doctrine of Discovery, embedded in early American history, was used to support decisions invalidating and ignoring native American land rights and usage. The expansion of the West legitimized the colonization of "discovered" lands. The Doctrine has been formally repudiated by the ELCA.
The news release “Telling and Teaching the Trust: The Church’s Obligation to Education about the Ongoing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery,” signed by ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and several other bishops in the U.S. and Canada is found here.
The Social Ministry Committee is in the process of submitting a resolution to be presented at the 2022 Synod Assembly which will ask the voting members of the NIS Assembly to, as a synod, repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery. This workshop will provide information and facilitate discussion of this issue.
Welcoming the Stranger, Welcoming Refugees, session a, Workshop A15; session b; Workshop B31
Presenter: Mr. Jims Porter
Jims Porter is the Manager of Communications & Advocacy at RefugeeOne, Chicago's largest refugee resettlement agency, where he raises awareness about refugees through community education, strategic communications, and advocacy. He works closely with local and national partners to build coalitions and mobilize advocates. Jims is the co-founder and Board Chair of Refugee Action Network, a grassroots advocacy group focusing on refugee issues in Illinois. His immigration experience dates back 15+ years to his days as a young missionary supporting Spanish-speaking immigrants in the Southwest United States.
Join us for a discussion about how to fulfill the biblical mandate to "Welcome the Stranger" by welcoming refugees. This workshop will cover everything you need to know about refugees, from ongoing refugee crises across the globe to the arrival of Afghan refugees right here in Illinois. Hear directly from a resettlement professional and learn how you and your congregation can not only walk alongside refugees, but become fierce advocates for them, as well.