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LSA Conversations Series

Conversations Series Booklets

The booklets listed here have been "published" by LSA as part of the LSA Conversations Series. They are available for download and use with any audience.  LSA only requires that in using the booklets, or parts of the booklets, that attribution is given to LSA and the original author.

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The Series is listed alphabetically by title and may be be downloaded as a PDF file, printable as a 5.5x8.5 folded booklet (landscape orientation on 8.5x11 paper).

  • Biblical and Confessional Reflections on the Future of Social Ministry Organizations (PDF , 159 KB)
    by President Gerald Kieschnick, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
    The text for this booklet comes from the transcription of a video greeting from the Reverend Dr. Gerald B. Kieschnick, President, The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS), to the opening general session of the 2008 Annual Conference of Lutheran Services in America (LSA) held in St. Louis, Missouri on April 23-25, 2008. Used with permission from The LCMS.
  • Called to Love and Serve Our Neighbors – LSA’s Ends Policies ( PDF , 293 KB)
    The content of this booklet is excerpted from “Called to Love and Serve Our Neighbors,” which contains stories, more questions, and, in some cases, expanded descriptions of LSA’s Ends.
  • Make the Circle Wider – Building a Culture of Belonging (PDF , 170 KB)
    by Jill Schumann, Lutheran Services in America
    The text for this brochure is based on a presentation made by Jill Schumann, President and CEO of Lutheran Services in America, to the LSA Disability Network Spiritual Life Conference on October 23, 2006.
  • Micah in the Neighborhood – Justice, Kindness and Vocation (PDF , 181 KB)
    by Jill Schumann, Lutheran Services in America
    The text for this booklet is based on a presentation made by Jill Schumann, President and CEO of Lutheran Services in America, to the Board of Trustees of Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois in January of 2008 .
  • Milestones and Stepping Stones - The Tenth Anniversary of Lutheran Services in America (2007)  (PDF , 237 KB)
    by Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
    The text for this booklet comes from the transcription of an address given by the Reverend Mark S. Hanson, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), at the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of Lutheran Services in America (LSA). The Celebration was held at Christ Lutheran Church in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland on April 19, 2007, as part of the 2007 Annual Conference.  Used with permission from the ELCA.
  • Lutheran Hallmarks - Called to Love and Serve Our Neighbors (PDF , 188KB)
    by the Health Care Mission Leader Participants with Reverend William C. Snyder, Lutheran Services in America
    The text for this booklet comes from the work of the Health Care Mission Leader participants in cooperation with the Reverend William C. Snyder, Vice President, System Leadership and Collaboration, Lutheran Services in America.  Designed for use at the 2009 LSA Annual Conference breakout session on Lutheran Hallmarks, the text is meant to serve as a framework for further discussion and work with the members of LSA on each of the Hallmarks sections.  This text is not intended to represent formal theology and teaching, which is the distinct purview of the ELCA and LCMS, but is put forth to engender good conversation and thought around the topics of Lutheran identity markers and the work of Lutheran social ministry.
  • Legally Segregated - Or Can a New Paradigm of Community Bloom? (PDF , 165KB)
    by Cynthia Smyth Nelson and Heather L. Ansley, Lutheran Services in America
    This booklet explores how old modes of thinking and old methods of building were overturned by the Americans with Disabilities Act and its impact on people with disabilities. Readers are asked to consider what other ways we can take strides in making our communities barrier-free.
  • Abundant Life Together - Called to Love and Serve Our Neighbors  (PDF , 516KB)
    by Jill Schumann, Lutheran Services in America
    The text and images in this booklet come from the address by Jill Schumann, President and CEO, Lutheran Services in America (LSA), to the membership of LSA at their 2009 Annual Meeting held on Thursday, April 30, 2009 in Washington, DC. This address was adjunct to the written 2009 Report of the President and CEO of the same title which may be found on the LSA website at www/lutheranservices.org.
  • Healthy and Vital Social Ministry - Engaged in Effective Service and Advocacy (PDF , 180KB)
    by Six Member Organizations of Lutheran Services in America with Lisa Hassenstab, Lutheran Services in America
    The text for this booklet comes from the response of members of Lutheran Services in America (LSA) to a request to share ideas and work on the connection between service and advocacy.  Fourteen LSA members involved in advocacy work were contacted by Lisa Hassenstab, LSA’s Associate Director of Public Policy, and six responded for this June 2009 version. This booklet is just one in a possible series intended to explore the issue of advocacy and social ministry. All readers of the Conversations Series are encouraged to share further thoughts, opinions and ideas on this topic; to join this conversation.
  • Called to Care - Vocation and Lutheran Social Ministry (PDF , 441KB)
    The Reflections of Eighteen Staff Members from Twelve Member Organizations of Lutheran Services in America
    The text for this booklet comes from responses of members of Lutheran Services in America (LSA) to a request to share their thoughts about their personal vocational call to social ministry. Over 20 organizations, including staff members and network chairs within LSA, were contacted by Jeanean Merkel, LSA Director of Communications, in June 2009, to provide short personal reflections that would be used as part of an event designed to reach and encourage high school youth with an understanding of the vocational call of social ministry.  This cooperative event with Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) was held at The Lutheran Center in Baltimore Maryland on June 24, 2009 as one day of the 2009 Crossroads Event of TEY (Theological Education with Youth), a joint venture of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.  Eighteen respondents are part of this booklet, just one in a possible series intended to explore the issue of vocations in Lutheran social ministry.
  • A Picture of Possibilities - Called to Love and Serve Our Neighbors  (PDF, 1617KB)
    by Jill Schumann, Lutheran Services in America
    The text, slides and images in this booklet come from the address by Jill Schumann, President and CEO, Lutheran Services in America (LSA), to the membership of LSA at their 2010 Annual Meeting held on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 in Sacramento, CA. This address was adjunct to the written 2010 Report of the President and CEO of the same title, which may be found on the LSA website at www/lutheranservices.org.
  • One God, One Call - Called to Love and Serve Our Neighbors  (PDF, 153KB)
    by Jill Schumann, Lutheran Services in America

    The text for this booklet is based on a keynote address made by Jill Schumann, President and CEO of Lutheran Services in America, to the Lutheran Services in America Disability Network Conference, “One God, One Call – One People Together” held May 1-3, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

  • Called to Shape the Future - Called to Love and Serve Our Neighbors  (PDF, 3,221KB)
    by Jill Schumann, Lutheran Services in America

    The text, slides and images in this booklet come from the address by Jill Schumann, President and CEO, Lutheran Services in America (LSA), to the membership of LSA at their 2011 Annual Meeting held on Thursday, May 5, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This address was adjunct to the written 2011 Report of the President and CEO of the same title, which may be found on the LSA website at www/lutheranservices.org. Contact Jill Schumann at jschumann@lutheranservices.org.  Images on page 7 are from Nikon Small World, an annual contest showcasing the beauty and complexity of life seen through the microscope. See more, including exhibit dates throughout the U.S., at nikonsmallworld.com.

  • Lutheran Social Ministry in a Word - Sticky: Presentation to the Joint 2011 LFMA and LITN Conference  (PDF, 573KB)
    by Jill Schumann, Lutheran Services in America

    The text for this booklet comes from a presentation by Jill Schumann, President and CEO of Lutheran Services in America, at the 33rd Annual LFMA Conference and the 9th Annual Joint LFMA/LITN Conference, held at the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center in Englewood, Colorado, October 2 - 4, 2011.

  • Opportunity Brings Ability to Life - One LSA Network's Answer to Abundant Life Together (PDF, 1.1MB)
    by the Lutheran Services in America Disability Network (LSA-DN)
    The text for this booklet comes from the work of the Lutheran Services in America – Disability Network (LSA-DN) Partner Project Team:  Bob Kay, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Lutheran Social Services of New England and Partner Project Team Leader; Bill Nolan, Executive Director, KenCrest Centers; Jeri Schoonover, Vice President, Community Services, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota; Julie Swanson, CEO, Lutheran Family Service of Virginia; Meg Cooch, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Lutheran Services in America Disability Network.  The work of the Partner Project Team began in August 2007 and included a grant from LSA-DN and the ELCA; work was accomplished through a series of and hearings, meetings and phone conferences and culminated in the fall of 2011.

 
 
 
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