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Videos for Orbiting Christ: Belonging, Believing, Behaving

June 1 – 3, 2021

Tuesday |           Belonging through Community and Liturgy

Orbiting Christ: Formation through Liturgy and Community

 The presentation by pastoral leaders Rev. Dr. Scott Bruzek (St. John Lutheran Church, Wheaton, Illinois) and Rev. Dr. Dien Ashley Taylor (Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, The Bronx, New York) will unwrap Article VII of the Augsburg Confession in which the Church is both the visible expression of Christian community and the vehicle fostering a sense of belonging for those journeying to discipleship. Without the liturgy as the place where the Word is preached and sacraments administered, there can be no community in Christ. In baptism one is joined to Christ and the Church and in Holy Communion one becomes what one eats—the very body and blood of Christ. The session will conclude with Q & A time for the participants.

Breakout Sessions on Community and Liturgy

Wednesday    |           Believing through Teaching and Preaching

Faith That Comes through Hearing: Teaching and Preaching Christ

 The presentation by pastoral leaders Rev. Timothy Droegemueller (Living Faith Lutheran Church, Cumming, Georgia) and Rev. Daniel Eggold (Grace Lutheran Church, West Lafayette, Indiana) will explore the distinctive tasks of proclaiming Christ as Savior and Lord (kerygma) and teaching about Christ. The leaders will also delve into the distinction of personal faith (fides qua) and the core content of believing (fides quae) and how the distinction impacts the catechumenate. The session will include time for Q & A with participants.

Breakout Sessions on Teaching and Preaching

Thursday        |          Behaving through Witness and Service

Called into Christ’s Orbit: Formed for Witness and Service

The presentation by diaconal leaders Deaconess Raquel Rojas (Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, The Bronx, New York) and Deaconess Dr. Rhoda Schuler (Professor Emerita, Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota) will draw the participants into the daily practice of Christian life for laity. Using biblical themes and texts, the leaders will illustrate how witness and service can function in today’s post-Christian culture to attract the seeker and form the new disciple. The session will conclude with a Q & A time for the participants.

Breakout Sessions on Witness and Service