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Spring Conference - March 28, 2014

CTS is proud to announce Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber as the featured speaker at our 2014 Spring Conference. Rev. Bolz-Weber spoke on the theme, "You are Welcome; Now What?"

Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of the NYTimes bestseller, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint (Jerico Books, 2013) and blogs at and Jim Wallis' Her writings can be found in the Christian Century, The Lutheran Magazine and She may be a leading voice in the Emerging Church but nobody really believes she’s an ordained pastor in the ELCA. Maybe it’s the sleeve tattoos or the fact that she swears like a truck driver. Either way…she’s fine with it. Nadia lives in Denver with her family of 4 where she can be found writing bios in the third person and chasing chickens around the back yard with her kids.

Rev. Dr. Shanta D. Premawardhana, President of the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) in Chicago presented the afternoon keynote address. Thank you to those who joined us for the Chicago showing of "The Second Cooler", an important documentary on immigration, on Friday evening at 6:30pm. If you have any questions about this year's Spring Conference, please email Mr. Joe Burt, Alumni & Special Events Manager at 
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THEME: “You Are Welcome:  Now What?” - Living the Extravagant Welcome 


SCHEDULE: Friday, March 28

All events take place at 1407 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL

8:30 am – Registration & Coffee

9:00- Gathering Time – Arthur Clyde (Musician, Writer – Arts & Worship) *

9:30 – 11:00: KEYNOTE SESSION ONE: Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, "You are Welcome; Now What?"*

11:15 – Practicums/Group Discussions (Choose one):

(1) Further conversation with Nadia Bolz-Weber

(2) The UCC and Extravagant Welcome with Rev. Dr. Bennett Guess

(3) Reaching The Marginalized with Dr. EL Kornegay, Jr., CTS Adjunct Professor

12:30 – Luncheon & Presentation of Distinguished Alumni Award

1:45 – Gathering Time - Arthur Clyde*

2:00- KEYNOTE SESSION TWO: Rev. Dr. Shanta D. Premawardhana, President of the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) in Chicago*

3:30 – Practicums/Group Discussions (Choose one):

(1) Further discussions with Shanta Premawardhana

(2) Exploring Music of Inclusion with writer, Art Clyde

(3) The Extravagant Welcome in a Clinical Setting with Rev. Deborah Derylak, CTS Director of Theological Field Education

4:30 pm – Closing Worship featuring 2014 Winner of G. Campbell Morgan Preaching Award*

5:30 pm - Reception (Light refreshments)

6:30 pm - “The Second Cooler” Premiere Chicago Showing

The Second Cooler is a documentary about illegal migration shot primarily in Alabama, Arizona, and in northern and central Mexico. The premise is that Arizona is the new Alabama—the epicenter of an intense struggle for migrant justice. The documentary’s purpose is to bring basic migration issues into focus. Those issues include the impact of free trade agreements on migration, the lack of a legal way for poor Latin Americans to come to the United States, the inherent abuses of the guest worker program, the fact that many migrants are indigenous people, anti-immigrant politics in Alabama, the thousands of migrant deaths at the border, and an escalating ideology of the border.