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Monday April 18, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT

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Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
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Camp Hill, PA 17011

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Stirring the Waters -- Faith, Science and Action!

Lutheran Day 2016

Monday, April 18


Trinity Lutheran Church, Camp Hill 

Bring your faith to the table, and join Lutherans from around the state for worship, learning, advocacy and action at the intersection of faith and science. The day will include worship with acclaimed ELCA Glocal musicians from around the country, a keynote address by Dr. Ann Milliken Pederson, professor of religion at Augustana University, legislative briefing and visit training, issues and faith formation workshops, a continental breakfast, lunch and special advocacy celebration. Come to be inspired, prepared and equipped to act on issues that matter.

Sunday, April 17 Pre-Events  

Guided Canoe Trip or Guided Hike -- Cindy Dunn, Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, will lead a guided paddle exploring the health and history of local waterways. For those who prefer to stay on land, a guided hike will also be offered.

Blessing of Waters/Glocal Event -- An interfaith blessing of the waters of the Susquehanna at Kunkel Plaza, free community meal in the beautiful Capitol rotunda, followed by inspiring music and presentation by ELCA Glocal musicians and lecture by Penn State climate scientist Dr. Raymond Najjar Jr. Co-sponsored by Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light.



Monday, April 18


8:30 -- Registration opens. Continental breakfast available.

9:30 -- Keynote

10:30-11:30 -- Workshops 

11:30-1:00 -- Lunch. Advocacy Briefing and Celebration

1:00-3:00 -- Workshops and Preparation for Legislative Visits

3:00 -4:00 -- Sending Worship with accompaniment by ELCA Glocal musicians

Note: A final agenda, workshop selection and details will be emailed to registrants.

Lutheran Day 2016 is an official part of Spring 2016 Academy Week at Gettysburg Seminary, and in that partnership we will examine the intersection of science, faith and public policy in Pennsylvania. Climate change, clean water, poverty, education, human trafficking and trauma -- all of which connect to our hunger work -- are among the issues on which advocates will be equipped to act. 

Bring a partner (or two!) -- A special emphasis will be placed on strengthening our faith communities for advocacy, with workshops on how to have difficult conversations on "political" topics, faithful citizenship in a time of divisive rhetoric, listening/telling our stories, and engaging youth and young adults through service and advocacy in their communities. Return with resources for faith formation, including songs, prayers and lessons to replicate the learning in your congregation. Click here for workshop descriptions.

Plus -- Find ready projects that combine service, learning and advocay to make the Sept. 11 Churchwide Day of Service a day for "God's work. Our hands. Our voices!" 

In the spirit of Academy Week, we are pleased to welcome the LTSG Bookstore, which will offer books by the day's speakers as well as other titles. Spring Academy on the Seminary campus will focus on Science and Christian Life: Conflict: Cooperation: Integration. This topic will be explored through speakers, discussions, Preaching Perspectives presentations and a Theological Education for Youth Institute. Anyone may register for any of these events. Click to learn more about Academy Week.

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Ann Milliken Pedersonteaches Christian theology at Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD.  Pederson is currently working with colleagues at both Augustana University and Gettysburg Seminary to integrate science into seminary education through a grant from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has authored four books and numerous articles in Zygon, Word and World, and other periodicals. She received her doctorate in theology from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Location: Lutheran Day will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Camp Hill PA, just across the river and minutes from the State Capitol. See map at the left of the page for directions

Registration Fee covers the day at Trinity, continental breakfast and lunch.
  • Early registration (by April 1) is $25.00/$30 thereafter. Students are $15.00. Registration closes on April 7. Walk-ins are welcome although we cannot guarantee a meal. Payment can be made through PayPal, by sending in your check or at the door.
  • Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg students can receive a scholarship by contacting the Office of the Dean.

Accommodations - A block of hotel rooms is being held at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg (located in Camp Hill) until March 18 - mention LAMPa to receive a reduced rate.  Radisson website.

Logistics - Ample parking is available at Trinity. If you are coming by Amtrak please contact the LAMPa office to arrange a shuttle from the Harrisburg station.  The Capitol Complex can be difficult to navigate, involving many steps and uneven floor surfaces. If you will need assistance accessing the building, or wonder if you might, please contact LAMPa staff.

Workshops - Registrants will receive a separate mailing with a detailed list of workshops and presenters along with other briefing materials.

Sunday, April 17, Glocal Pre-Event:  

Guided Canoe Trip -- 1:30-4:30 p.m. -- Canoe the Conodoguinet or Susquehanna in an interpretive tour led by Cindy Dunn, Secretary of the Pa. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and other state naturalists.

Paddlers will meet on Harrisburg's City Island at 1:30. More information will be sent to registrants by email. 
Make reservations by contacting Susquehanna Outfitters at 717-503-0066 or their website: 

The cost is $30/per person, which includes a seat in a canoe, lifejacket, paddle, shuttle to and from the site and an exciting safety talk/introduction to paddling techniques.
If you want to bring your own canoe, the cost is $20 for the shuttle (and exciting safety talk).
Cancellations made up to 2 weeks prior to trip will not be charged. Cancellation made less than 2 weeks before trip will be charged in full. There will be no charge if the paddle is canceled because of weather or water conditions. 

All participants must sign a liability waiver. Waivers are available to download on the outfitter's website.

Lutheran Camping Corporation's Camp Kirchenwald will also be organizing a group for the tour. If interested, please contact Kirchenwald at 717-964-3121 or visit their website at

Interested participants should note that water and air temperatures can be unpredictable and cold in April. It is recommended that because of this, participants should have some paddling experience. Those who register will receive information about how to dress and what to bring. 
Participation is limited, so make reservations early.

Route for the paddle will be determined based upon weather and water conditions.

PLEASE NOTE: Arrangements and safety are between the paddler and outfitter. Neither Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania nor the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are liable for any contracts or mishaps. Information regarding the paddle is provided as a courtesy to those who would like to participate in the day's events. 

Guided Hike --- 1:30-3:30 p.m. -- Take a hike with a Wildwood Park naturalist. Meet outside the front doors of the Olewine Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg.  The three-mile hike is of medium difficulty, suitable for all ages.  Shorter, self-guided tours are also available.  If interested, please email with HIKE in the subject line so that we can let the park know how many people to expect and have a way to contact you in the event of any changes.  This event is free.

Tree Planting — 3:00-4:30 p.m.  -- Plant trees on City Island with Sara Nicholas, Director of Policy and Planning for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. If interested, please email with TREES in the subject line, as spots are limited.  This event is free.

Interfaith Blessing of the Waters -- 5:15-5:45 p.m. -- Kunkel Plaza (Intersection of Front and State streets, Harrisburg)

Community Meal, Music and Learning -- 6 p.m.-8 p.m. -- Rotunda of Pa. State Capitol, N. Third St., Harrisburg. We open ourselves to our neighbors with food, music and inspired teaching. Learn how what we do in Pennsylvania affects our sisters and brothers around the world. Event co-sponsored by ELCA Global Mission and Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light.  No cost, but registration is required. Register for the meal here by April 8. Reservations are limited.



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