Upcoming Events for Rostered Leaders

Please note: Overnight accommodations may not be available after Oct 15th. 

(Please call the synod office with questions)


All Rostered Ministers are invited to gather for a day of learning with Bishop Bartholomew and Pastor R. Gregg Kaufman. 


Pre-Event Gathering

Tuesday, November 12th

7:00 – 10:00 PM

(The Hampton Inn & Suites, Robbinsville)

Adult beverages and snacks will be available in addition to time for fellowship

and preliminary conversation related to the topic of deliberative dialogue.


Wednesday, November 13th

 (Hibernian Club, Hamilton)

9:00 AM          Registration and light breakfast

9:30 AM          Devotions

9:45 AM          Bishop’s expectations

11:00 AM        The Church’s Role in a Divided Society

                         Small group dialogue forums using the deliberative process

12:15 PM        Lunch

1:15 PM          A New Way of Talking

                        An introduction to the deliberative process and the organizations that produce materials.                         

                         This session will “debrief” the first session’s forum.

2:45 PM          How to be an Effective Moderator

                        An introduction to the “nuts and bolts” of neutral moderation.

4:00 PM          Wrap-up and go home

The Rev. Gregg Kaufman

Consultant, Educator and Kettering Foundation Research Assoc.


The Rev. Gregg Kaufman is a retired Lutheran pastor, Georgia College & State University faculty member, and former board member of the National Issues Forums Institute. Pastor Kaufman served congregations in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Princeton Junction, New Jersey. Before joining the faculty at Georgia College, where he taught in the Department of Government & Sociology, he directed the Coverdell Institute and coordinated the university’s American Democracy Project. Pastor Kaufman retired in 2014.

Fascinated by how discipleship and citizenship intersect — and by the church’s role in strengthening American democracy — Kaufman continues to advocate for civic education and civil discourse through his consulting/education endeavor, The Deliberative Voice. He also participates in several ongoing research initiatives, teaches at the University of North Florida’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and conducts workshops for higher education and religious institutions.

A Pennsylvania native, Pastor Kaufman earned degrees at Waterloo Lutheran University (B.A. Political Science, 1971), Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1975), and Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1993). He and his wife, Linda, have two children and three grandchildren and live in Orange Park, FL.

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