30th Annual SWO Convention

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Ascension Lutheran Church
1236 S. Layton Blvd. (27th Street)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Scripture Verse: Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.
Voting Member Orientation at 8:15 a.m.
Opening Worship begins at 8:30 a.m.

AscensionAn exciting opening Worship (led by the Rev. Logan Vang) begins at 8:30 with the Hmong Worship Band to lead us in some exciting music.

Our Keynote Speaker will be Deanne Lawson with a focus on Human Trafficking. Deanne is the Founder and Executive Director of the Inner Beauty Center located on Milwaukee’s Southside. Deanne’s husband was pastor of a church on 15th and Lincoln for 15 years and it was during this time that the Inner Beauty Center was conceived and bought into existence. She is the mother of 3 and has been a RN in women’s health for 27 years of her 29 years as a nurse.

Bishop Paul Erickson will bring greetings on behalf of the Greater Milwaukee Synod.

Anissa Canova, our Churchwide representative, from Gouldsboro, PA will bring us greetings from the Churchwide Staff and Board.

Workshop Opportunities:

Strong Women Prevent Bad Health … Presenter: Ka Lovang. Ka has been with the Southeast Asian Educational Development, Inc. working as a Community Health Worker for the Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health since February 2016. Ka was with the consortium when the Healthy Hmong Women project was only a pilot in 2010-2012. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Human Services Degree. Always advocating for women’s health, she’s worked in the non-profit sector 19 years.

Change in the shadow of Complex trauma … Presenter: Deanne M. Lawson. We all experience trauma to some degree during our lives and are able to make healthy decisions. In this workshop we’ll explore how ongoing and complex trauma affects the life changing decision to exit drug addiction, prostitution and human trafficking.

Face-to-Face with the Bishop … Presenter: Bishop Paul Erickson. This workshop will give us the opportunity to become acquainted with Bishop Paul as he shares his dreams for the Greater Milwaukee Synod with us. You will have the opportunity to ask him questions about the state of our Synod and the ELCA.

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