Daring Greatly… The synod’s Fall Theological Conference
“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”
― Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Dear GMS congregational leaders and staff,
Our synod’s Fall Theological Conference begins in three weeks, Monday, September 19 – Wednesday, September 21. Registration is open to lay leaders, church staff, deacons and clergy. Early bird registration ends on Friday, September 2 and registration closes Tuesday, September 13.
Our keynote speaker/facilitator, Rev. Sarah Ciavarri, will lead participants in a series of large group presentations and small group discussions, connecting Dr. Brene Brown’s research to our Lutheran faith, as we explore how vulnerability and courage can transform our leadership as people of faith. Executive coach, Mary Ann Anderson, will assist Rev. Ciavarri during the conference. Vonda Drees, Co-Director of the Grunewald Guild, in Leavenworth WA, will be an Artist-in-Residence, using visual art to reflect on the presentations throughout the conferenc