Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 5:30 PM MDT
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM MDT

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Rough Riders Hotel 
301 Third Avenue
Medora, ND 58645

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Western North Dakota Synod Office 
Western North Dakota Synod-ELCA 

2017 Fall Theological Conference 

Each year, the Rostered Leaders (Pastors, Deacons, and Synodically Authorized Ministers) of the Western North Dakota Synod gather for the annual Fall Rostered Leaders Conference in Medora ND.  We look forward to seeing all rostered leaders and spouses in Medora for this time of worship, relaxation, connections and continuing education. 


The registration fee covers all meals, but lodging is not included.
Please make your own lodging arrangements (see below).

Registration Fees:
$185   Rostered Leader or Seminary Intern    
$130   Spouse of Rostered Leader of Seminary Intern  
$100   Retired Rostered Leader   /   Spouse of Retired Rostered Leader     
Children 5 and under (Meals provided at No Cost, but please register for meal count purposes)

Registration is non-refundable.  The only exception is those who must cancel because of a funeral. 

Registration is due by August 31, 2017.

 Register online by clicking the Register Now! button below and pay by check or by credit card.
If you are unable to register online, please call the synod office at 701-223-5312 to register by phone.


Please make your own lodging arrangements.  Lodging is not included in the registration fee.  
A block of rooms has been reserved at both the Badlands Motel and the Rough Rider Hotel.  Please call 1-800-633-6721 and ask for the a room reserved under "Fall Pastor's Conference - Western North Dakota Synod" by August 16.

Other lodging options include:
Badlands Ministry Retreat Center (701-623-4332) 
American Inn Motel (1-800-634-3444)

Cancellation Notice: The Medora Foundation has tightened their cancellation policy, but will allow cancellations for clergy who need to preside at a funeral during the conference.  If you need to cancel your lodging due to a funeral, please contact Beth Anderson (beth@wndsynod.org)  or Sherie Heine (sherie@wndsynod.org) and we will make the request on your behalf.


Rostered Leaders of the Turtle Mountain Conference 


Hotel Check In is available anytime after 3:00 p.m.
5:00-6:00 p.m. (MDT)  Registration at Badlands Ministries
6:00 p.m.  Supper at Badlands Ministries
7:30 p.m.  Worship with Communion at Badlands Ministries
8:30 p.m.  Meet our Rostered Leaders who are new to the synod at Badlands Ministries

6:30 a.m.  5K Run/Walk
7:30 a.m.  Breakfast
8:45 a.m.  Morning Session led by Dr. Danielle Skjelver (see below for more information)
12:00 p.m.  Lunch
1:00 p.m.  Free time
6:00 p.m.  Banquet with entertainment by Jessie Veeder (https://veederranch.com/)

7:30 a.m.  Breakfast
8:45 a.m.  Morning Session including Bishop's Time
12:00 p.m. Lunch before departing

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Danielle Skjelver

Danielle Skjelver teaches history for the University of North Dakota and the University of Maryland University College, where she serves as Course Chair of the History Capstone Series. From Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe to the Anglo-Atlantic World to Early America to Fort Yellowstone, her interests range widely. Among her works are a national award winning novel of colonial New England and New France, and a translation of a Norwegian book on the US-Dakota War. Her current projects include a translation of a seventeenth-century French treatise on satyrs, and she serves as the Executive Editor for an international team of scholars producing an open access textbook on the History of Applied Science & Technology.

Presentation Topic: 

Danielle Skjelver's interest in Martin Luther began twenty years ago when she found in the Reformer a kindred spirit. In the years since that time, she has been working intermittently on a series of novels about Luther, researching extensively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and traveling to Germany for research. Skjelver will share a brief excerpt from her fictional work and will focus the majority of her time on aspects of Luther that she hopes will be new to the audience. In the years leading up to the 500th anniversary, which we are celebrating this year, so much has emerged about Luther in documentaries and books for theologians, historians, and the public. Skjelver has no wish to rehash what the audience already knows. Rather she hopes to take you into the world of the lesser known Luther and the lesser known aspects of his world, the things that shaped him and his response to God, the Devil, Scripture, crises, and every day events.