2018 Bishop’s Colloquy for Pastors & Deacons 
A Bonhoeffer Moment? 
Theology & Ministry in Challenging Times 

The Cathedral Center of St. Paul 
840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90026 
Monday, March 12, 2018 Ÿ
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

The bitter polarization of the national discourse on questions of national policy has left many people fearful for the future of American democracy. Basic concepts such as care for one’s neighbor, the equality of all, tolerance of difference, and even the freedom to vote have been challenged. Among Christians, there are sharp divergences about what defines the good and the just within our society. What should the church’s stance be? Does the experience of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Confessing Church in the 1930s offer us a path? 


Come hear perspectives on this from two distinguished leaders who have been guiding and leading conversations in the ELCA on the theology and practice of ministry. Share your own perspectives, and open yourselves to reflection on how your own ministry engages the questions we face together. 

Think, share, worship together: the fellowship of colleagues in ministry is a precious thing, and sustains us in our vocations. Renew your commitment to the promises you made when you entered into public ministry. Enjoy the company of colleagues old and new; meet some of those who are newly open to call and in the candidacy process. 

The Colloquy has been designed to be compact and affordable both in terms of time and money, particularly for those who live within a commutable distance. 

We’ll start early and go late, in the hope that many of you will be able to avoid both rush hours on the freeways. We’re grateful to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles for hosting us. For those who need a hotel room on Sunday or Monday nights, we’ve provided information about nearby lodgings below.
Colloquy Speakers
The Rev. Robert C. Saler, Ph.D
Executive Director,
Center for Pastoral Excellence,
Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis
The Rev. Kevin L. Strickland
Assistant to the Presiding Bishop
and Executive for Worship,
ELCA Churchwide, Chicago
Hotel Information
The Cathedral Center of St. Paul suggests two nearby hotels: America’s Best Value Inn at 811 N. Alvarado Street , (213)413-0050, and Comfort Inn at 2717 W. Sunset Blvd , (213)413-8222. Please note that to secure your booking at these hotels it might be necessary to pay for your room(s) in advance.
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