LSA Network Members Connect in Northwest Indiana

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

On April 2, the Institute for Leadership and Service at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN, hosted its annual Bridge/Work Conference. This year's theme, "Send Money, Prayers & People" focused on the relationship between belief and action in humanitarian work. The conference also featured several connections in the Lutheran Services in America network.

LSA Development Manager, Caleb Rollins, spoke on a panel at the conference about his service experience with LSA member Lutheran Volunteer Corps. In his position with a small Lutheran church in Minneapolis, MN, he worked with the East African immigrant and refugee community and often interacted with staff of LSA member Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS of Minnesota).

This panel was moderated by Linda Hartke, President and CEO of  Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), a partner agency to LSA. Linda opened the panel by reminding the audience, "The world's refugees, whose names we don't know, most of whom we probably are never going to meet, are among the neighbors God calls us to love and serve." The work of LIRS and LSS of Minnesota and their commitment to loving and serving our immigrant and refugee neighbors will be highlighted at the LSA Annual Conference, April 25-28, in Minneapolis.

Before the panel, the conference attendees heard from former LSA intern and current Valparaiso University senior Miranda Joebgen on the power of social movement framing. All of this conversation and connection was hosted by the Institute for Leadership and Service, which helps prepare students for lives of leadership and service. Their CAPS Fellows Program partners with LSA to provide students the opportunity to intern at the LSA office in Washington, DC,                                                                                                and with LSA members around the country.

The number of connections at this conference in Northwest Indiana shows the power and breadth of the Lutheran social ministry network, and the learning and fellowship that can happen when we come together.

Full video of the conference is available here.

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