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International Dwelling in the Word Festival

Saturday Festival Dwelling session movie In this short video you see people from 7 countries Dwelling in the Word in our Saturday morning session. Each crossed the room to find a reasonably friendly-looking stranger to listen into free speech. What a powerful experience!

Some of our Dwelling Festival guests at worship on Sunday

The South African contingent with Pat Keifert at the public worship part of the Festival at Maple Grove Town Green back row: Jannie Swart, Danie Mouton (hidden), Marius Nel, Coenie Burger (hidden) Front row: Theo Marais, Johan Kotze, Bruce Theron, Frederick Marais, and Pat Keifert

2013 International Dwelling in the Word Festival in the Twin Cities

June 14-16 Wayzata Community Church – Dwelling, supper, and opening presentation by David Tiede Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Plymouth – full day of Dwelling, panels, and food, plus Jim Johnson concert Maple Grove Lutheran Church – open community worship at the Town Green, final Dwelling, and farewell lunch

Dwelling in the Word in Denver!

Looking forward to being with old friend Pastor John Pederson and his congregation, Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver, Colorado.  The weather is supposed to be so beautiful that we may have to do one of our Dwelling listening times outside. If we do, I’ll take pictures and post them on Saturday. If you want to […]

April 13 – St. Andrew’s Lutheran, Columbia, Missouri

Forty people from 8 different Central Missouri congregations joined Pat Taylor Ellison to learn or sharpen their Dwelling in the Word skills on April 13. They worked hard, inspired each other, ate well, and practiced this spiritual habit, making plans for how to spread the practice back home. The next morning the participants from St. Andrew’s told […]

Valley of Peace Lutheran – February 16 Event

Folks from several congregations in the NW Hennepin Conference of the Minneapolis Area Synod came together for a Dwelling Learning Day. After Dwelling in Luke 10 three different times and getting used to the spiritual habit, teams from each church made plans for how to plant the habit back home in their congregational life.

Upcoming Dwelling Learning Events!

Dwelling Learning Events: April 13: St Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Columbia, Missouri April 27: Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver, Colorado Sept 14: Desert Cross Lutheran Church in Tempe, Arizona   On June 8, the entire Southern Ohio Synod Assembly, gathered in Springfield, Ohio, will Dwell in the Word together, led by Dr. Pat Taylor Ellison. […]

Kansas City Lutheran Youth Coalition KCLYC Listen Up Event Jan. 26

Around 100 youth and one or two of their parents gathered from 9 to 3 on Saturday, January 26, to LISTEN UP!  The sponsoring churches of KCLYC organized the day to get teens and their parents together to Dwell in the Word and consider holding regular family meetings. Those meetings create the space to talk […]

Bethel Lutheran and 1st Presbyterian share a Dwelling Day

Last Saturday, Jan. 19, we had a great day Dwelling in St. Louis’s University City. Here are some comments about the day: “Take your time with the text. Listen to the word; to each other.” “It was wonderful to validate my faith in conversation with the people I worship with every week.” “One can really […]

Dwelling in the Word at Bethel Lutheran in St. Louis