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SAVE THE DATE: Monday-Wednesday, September 27-29, 2021 at Lutheridge
(beginning early afternoon on Monday and ending late morning on Wednesday

Dear friends,

Blessings as you prepare for Holy Week and Easter. We pray that you are surviving the pandemic and finding certain hope that there is indeed resurrection life ahead!

We ask that you please put the annual Convocation on your calendar now so that you can plan around it throughout the spring and summer. Following a difficult year, it seems even more important that we make time to be together as colleagues in ministry across the Synod.

Registration will not begin until much later in the year, but please do mark your calendars now and plan to spend time together.

Peace. Be well. Seek justice.
Pastor P. Shannon Mullen and Pastor Christi Pursey
Convocation Planning Team Co-chairs

PS: Yes, those dates are correct. We are in September this year. Long story. Suffice it to say it’s a pandemic thing.

Featured Leader: Dr. Diana Butler Bass

Diana Butler Bass (Ph.D. Duke University) is an award-winning author and internationally known public speaker and thought leader on issues of spirituality, religion, culture, and politics.

She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, CBS, and FOX, has been interviewed on numerous radio programs, including shows on NPR, CBC, and Sirius XM, and has work featured in numerous print and online newspapers and magazines, including Time, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times. From 1995-2000, she wrote a weekly column for the New York Times Syndicate. She was a founding blogger for both Beliefnet and Huffington Post religion. Her bylines include the Washington Post and She has preached and taught in hundreds of church, college, and conference venues in North America and beyond.

Diana is the author of eleven books. The most recent two being Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence (March 2021), an invitation to experience Jesus beyond the narrow confines we have built around him. And in 2019, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks in which she offers suggestions for reclaiming gratitude that can lead to greater connection with God, our loved ones, our world, and even our souls.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Diana Butler Bass was raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, and loves Santa Barbara, California, as her “soul” hometown. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, Richard Bass, and their dog, Rowan. When it is safe, she balances travel (which she loves) with her concerns for Virginia politics, a passion for environmental issues, supporting local farms, reading poetry, cooking, gardening, Washington Nationals baseball, and Duke basketball.

You can follow her online at, her public author page on Facebook, and Twitter @dianabutlerbass.

Schedule will be posted as it becomes available.

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Telephone 803-765-0590
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