The Region 8 First Call Theological Education Conference is a part of FCTE expectations in the ELCA. This conference will be held Monday, November 14 through Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at Capital Retreat Center in Waynesboro, PA. Check in on Monday will be early afternoon. We will conclude before lunch on Wednesday morning. Accommodations are hotel style. The cost for the event is $500 if you request a single room or $350 if you are open to a roommate (2 queen beds per room).
We will be taking covid precautions of some variety, the details of which will be determined and shared closer to the event. We will give refunds if participants are not able to attend on account of contracting covid. Our time together will be marked by worship, learning, and conversation. The planning team is crafting a schedule that will include a plenary session led by Bishop Craig Satterlee, a robust set of breakout sessions and affinity groups, opportunities to meet with our Portico representative and chaplain, time with your synod, a bishops’ panel, fellowship, and rest. If you have questions, please speak to your synod contact. We look forward to an excellent conference!
Rev. Beth Martini (she/her) Assistant to the Bishop Lower Susquehanna Synod 1959 Market Street Camp Hill, PA 17011 717-652-1852, Ext. 102 Region 8 Shared Ministry Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, November 14 12:30 Check in Nesiya lobby 1:30 Worship Room 6B 2:30 Welcome Room 6B 3:15-4:45 Keynote, “Making room for Jesus in preaching” Bishop Craig Satterlee Room 6B 5-6 Free time 6-7 Dinner 7:15 Evening prayer Room 6B 7:30 Affinity groups Rooms 6A and 6B 9 Fellowship time Lobby
Tuesday 8-9 Breakfast 9-9:20 Morning prayer Room 6B 9:30-10:30 Breakout Session 1 Continued conversation with Bishop Craig Satterlee Room 6B Government, Civic Engagement, and the Relationship of Church and State with Social Statement Task Force Members, Bishop Matthew Riegel and Pastor Lamar Bailey 6A Bible study of Sunday’s RCL readings with Bishop Kurt Kusserow Board Room 10:45-11:45 Breakout Session 2 Continued conversation with Bishop Craig Satterlee Room 6B Continuing education and discerning a second call with Bishop Paula Schmitt and Bishop Bill Gohl Room Room 4 Cultural competency with LGBTQIA2S+, BIPOC, immigrant, and disabled people with Pastor Carla Christopher and Vicar Stacy Chavis Room 6A 12-1 Lunch 1-2 Breakout session 3 Bible study of Sunday’s RCL readings with Bishop Kurt Kusserow Board Room How can a ministry site become an ally; Motivating toward justice and advocacy with Pastor Carla Christopher and Vicar Stacy Chavis Room 6A Constitution, bylaws, and parliamentary procedure Q&A with Bishop Matthew Riegel Room 4 ELCA Benefits: I didn’t know that! with Barb Debski Room 3 2-5 Free time/Bishops on Conference of Bishops zoom 5:15 Worship Room 6B Out to dinner with your synod Fellowship Lobby
Wednesday 8-9 Breakfast *Check out of your room by 10AM 9-10:15 Bishops’ Panel Room 6B 10:30-11:30 Closing worship Room 6B
DEADLINE OCTOBER 24, 2022
God might be calling God’s people to examine what has a claim on our attention. Where is our energy being drawn? – Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton