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May 28 - 30, 2020 | Southwest California and Pacifica Synod Assemblies |California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks

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June 25 - 29, 2020 | Western States Youth Gathering |
California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks

June 29-July 3, 2021| ELCA Youth Gathering |Minneapolis
SWCA Women's Gathering
"Hope in Difficult Times"
Saturday, March 7 in Hawthorne
“Thomas Merton & Mary Oliver: Mentors for Entering the School of Our Lives”
with Jonathan Montaldo
Saturday, March 14 in Pasadena
During this retreat, we will ruminate in common upon Merton's teaching a way of prayer for making an index for your spiritual autobiography, a way of praying he taught his novices that resonates with Ignatius of Loyola’s Contemplatio ad Amorem and Buddhist Metta, loving-kindness, meditation.

Mary Oliver's poems instigate a way of praying with our bodies at attention to finding God in all our life's things. Our work, she wrote, is "loving the world."
We shall develop exercises for us and our spiritual directees to pray, as Merton taught, "out of the roots of our own lives." The cost for this retreat is $68 ($78 with lunch).
World Water Day
Sunday March 22 at the LA River
Grown Women Real Talk
Saturday, March 28 in Hawthorne
9th Annual Bonhoeffer Festival
Thursday, April 16 in Claremont
The 9 th  Annual Bonhoeffer Festival 
The Center for Lutheran Studies at Claremont School of Theology    
Thursday April 16 th  2020
Theme: “Prophetic Preaching today”

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad
Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching,
Union Theological Seminary, New York City 

Sponsored by:  Thrivent Financial, Claremont School of Theology, Southwest Calif. Synod (ELCA) Pacifica Synod (ELCA) 

12:30 p.m. - Lunch

1:30 p.m. - Program: Mudd Theater
Presentation by Dr. Lundblad|“Prophetic Preaching for today?” 

2:45 p.m.   Panel Discussion/Q & A
Led by Dr. Thomas Johnson
Respondents: Dr. Ahmed Sobol|Cantor Paul Buch|Rev. Brenda Bos
 
3:30 p.m.   
Reception/Table Talk at Center for Lutheran Studies 

Free and Open to Public (Donations are appreciated)   
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