Synod Racial Equity Event

SCSW Racial Equity MinistryMartin Luther and the Reformation Meets Black Lives Matter and Liberation Theology

Join us for an informative discussion on a timely topic!

Sunday, October 22
4 – 6:30 p.m.

St. Matthew New Life Church
7564 Cottage Grove Road, Madison

No registration required.

Our Leaders:
Rev. Stephen Marsh, Pastor, Lake Edge Lutheran Church
David Reinhard, Professor of Theology, UW Whitewater

This event is sponsored by the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin Racial Equity Ministry Team.

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Katie Luther: Here I Stand!

Professional storyteller to present life of Katharina von Bora Luther

Friday, October 20 at 7 p.m.
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
550 Lincoln Drive, Sun Prairie

2017 marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Christians around the world are commemorating their historic roots. Katharina von Bora was the beloved wife of Protestant reformer Martin Luther. Dressed in Medieval costume and with a German accent, professional storyteller Pati Kachel delightfully portrays Katie Luther. Based on extensive research, this presentation is historically accurate and seasoned with good humor.

All are invited! A free will offering will be taken to cover the cost of the performance.

If you are unable to make this date, St. John’s in Reedsburg is hosting Pati on Sunday, October 22 at 6 p.m. Address: 307 6th St, Reedsburg, WI.


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Message from Bishop Mary Froiland

October 10, 2017

Dear Partners in Ministry in the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin,

I am writing to inform you that I will be ending my service as the bishop of our synod next June, a year earlier than my full term.

As most of you know, on May 12, 2017, I suffered a heart attack. I was treated quickly with a coronary stent, and have received good medical care, effective medication and successfully completed cardiac rehab. What most of you do not know is at the same time I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The type of cancer I have is not aggressive, is contained, and easily treatable by removing the thyroid. The problem is that since I am on blood thinners for the coronary stent, I am unable to have my thyroid removed at this time. My doctors are monitoring the situation and everything is stable. They are not concerned. This really is not a big deal compared to what so many live with. I am doing well and feeling more fit and healthy than I have in years.

Nonetheless, these health scares have caused John and me to think about what is of ultimate importance in our lives and make decisions about how best to live fully and faithfully into the future. We have decided that it is time for us to move closer to home and family – including my parents and our grandchildren. To that end, we will be seeking our next calls in the Twin Cities.

This means our synod will be electing a new bishop at our next synod assembly, May 5-6, 2018. The synod council will be reviewing the Bishop’s election process and assembling election and transition teams. More information will be shared with you as details are worked out.

This also means it is time for each of you to begin to identify potential candidates for the Office of Bishop. Talk with each other, ask questions, seek out gifted pastors, and pray. I will always be available to answer questions about the role and responsibilities of a bishop, but I cannot and will not bring opinions about who should serve in that role.

Serving as your bishop has been one of the greatest honors and privileges of my ministry and I thank you for your call and trust. I have been blessed to share times of celebration and struggle with so many of you. I will miss gathering with you at synod events and in your congregations on Sunday mornings. You have touched my heart, fed my spirit, and given me hope as you live out your faith in Jesus. John joins me in expressing deep gratitude for your welcome, friendship, support and partnership in this good gospel work.

God’s peace as we continue walking together in faith,

Mary Stumme Froiland, Bishop
South-Central Synod of Wisconsin

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Interfaith gathering for Sukkot

Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice invites you to

Sukkot: An Interfaith Experience and Potluck Picnic

October 9, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Temple Beth El, 2702 Arbor Dr., Madison

Sukkot is a Jewish holiday which commemorates both the autumn harvest and the 40 years the Israelites wandered in the desert after their liberation from Egyptian slavery. For seven days Jews are commanded to ‘dwell’ in a sukkah (booth), a temporary dwelling that reminds us both of the types of shelters ancient farmers would have erected in their fields during the fall harvest-time; and the shelters the Israelites would have used to sleep in every night during their journey.

Come join us at Temple Beth El’s sukkah, learn about the holiday and its rituals and traditions, and then share an indoor potluck picnic inside the temple! All ages and faiths are welcome. 

Please bring a flashlight, food to share, and a picnic blanket. Food should follow Jewish dietary restrictions: no pork products, including ham and bacon; no shellfish; and please do not combine meat and dairy products in the same dish. Dress warmly; the sukkah is outdoors!

Please RSVP by Oct. 6 to Rabbi Bonnie Margulis (608) 827-9482 or


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Women’s luncheon on Islam

Meet Your Muslim Neighbor

Madison Inter-Faith Coalition Presents:
A Women’s Luncheon on Islam

Come join the Muslim community for a Lunch and Discussion about Islam and the Intersection of the Abrahamic Religions

(adults only)

October 14th
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Madison Labor Temple
1602 South Park Street, Madison

Entertainment, Dialogue, and Food

Any questions or comments? Contact Sadat Abiri (608) 358-5705

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