2023 Conference Schedule

This is a draft schedule that is subject to change. All times listed are in Central Time.

Preliminary Schedule - Updated 5/2/23
Bold type denotes sessions that will be live streamed.

Tuesday, May 30

  • Registration/Office Open: 1-5 p.m.
  • Pre-Conference Workshops
    •      Fresh Expressions: Church Growth Everyone Can Do with Michael Beck: 12:30-3:30 p.m.
    •      Being an Ally - How Can We Support our Native American Communities with the Minnesota Committee on Native American Ministry (CONAM): 3:45-5:30 p.m.
  • Banquet and rehearsal for Celebration of Life in Ministry honorees: 5:30 pm
  • Hamline University Mixer: 8:15 p.m.- 9:15 or later.

Wednesday, May 31

  • Registration/Office Open: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Orientation for new attendees: 9:15 a.m.
  • Water blessing (naming the ancestral ground we stand on and blessing the water we come from) with the Committee on Native American Ministry: 9:30 a.m.
  • Opening Session—Welcome and worship with Episcopal Address and remembering the saints: 10:30 a.m.
  • Lunch with District Superintendents: Noon
  • Afternoon Plenary—Opening motions, consent calendar, historic questions, and Trustee Report: 1:15 p.m.
  • Break: 2:15 p.m.
  • Fresh Expressions presentation by guest speaker, Rev. Michael Beck: 2:45 p.m.
  • Dinner Break: 4:45 p.m. with options for on-site meals and special gatherings
  • Celebration of Life in MinistryRetirees, ordination, commissioning, and licensing: 7 p.m.
  • Drop-in childcare available, 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Reception for honorees: Following worship

Thursday, June 1

  • Registration/Office Open: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Worship with Conference Preacher, Rev. Becky Jo Messenbrink, and Love Offering: 8:30 a.m.
  • Break: 9:30 a.m.
  • Morning Plenary—Presentation of awards, address from Bishop William (Bill) McAlilly of the Nashville Episcopal Area, legislation: 10 a.m.
  • Lunch with optional special interest gatherings: 11:45 a.m.
  • Afternoon Plenary—Transitional Table Report, legislation, Episcopacy Report: 1:15 p.m.
  • Break 
  • Sending Forth Worship: 4:30 p.m.
  • On the road home: 5 p.m.

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