The Gathering Series

Check out the opportunities to get involved with "The Gathering," our monthly large group gathering taking a look at cultural issues from a Christian viewpoint. These gatherings are hosted by MSOE, WLC, UWM and Marquette and rotated between these 4 campuses throughout the year.

“ChurchHack 2018”

Guest Speaker: Emily Krill

Christian creatives, visionaries, strategists, theology-nerds, innovators, seekers or closet church-geeks: This gathering is for YOU. What would you change about thechurch [as you know it] to make it a place you call YOUR church? What would you keep the same? What makes worship meaningful for you? We are going to reimagine all this and more in the first ever WELS ChurchHack! Collaborate and advocate for the future of our churches as radical faith pioneers like King David, Jesus, the Acts communities, and Martin Luther did in their day.

Date: Tuesday, April 17th

Location: UW Milwaukee Student Union (Room 240)

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“It's Sunday and it's time for church… but there’s no church of my affiliation near me!”

Guest Speaker: Pastor Tom Bauer

What do I do if I go to a church of a different denomination? Do I stand? Sit? Pray? Sing? Commune? Just what does a Lutheran do? Join us for a Bible Study discussion! We’ll talk about our place in the Holy Christian Church, our confessions and beliefs, and our conduct in churches of different denominations.

About the Speaker

Pastor Tom Bauer likes teaching young adults. He served as a Campus Pastor at Carroll College (now Carroll University) in Waukesha for over a decade. He currently teaches Senior religion and choir at Shoreland Lutheran High School, where he has taught for the past 14 years. The enthusiasm of young people to learn more about their relationship with Jesus is priceless, and he hopes and prays his guidance will be a blessing to your religious conversations!

Pastor Bauer has happily served congregations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Texas during his ministry. He received his formal training for the ministry from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon. He and his bride, Diane, met in high school and have been married for over 35 years. They have three grown daughters and are currently relishing the role of grandparents to Ava.

Pastor Bauer enjoys playing trumpet and keyboards (especially the organ) in his free time, as well as taking care of his dogs and cats. He looks forward to sharing Scripture to you this month!

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Location: Marquette Hall (Olin Engineering 125)

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“The Ethic of Freedom: Christian Life in a World Given Back To Us”

Guest Speaker: Wade Johnston

The gospel changes everything, including ethics. For Christians, justification - that we are declared not guilty in God's sight by grace and through His gift of faith in Jesus - is the starting point of the ethical life. Justification turns us outside of our otherwise inwardly-turned selves. The result? We see our neighbor and serve him as a channel for God's love wherever God places us in life, in our vocations. In this way, God gives the world back to us as a gift and makes us gifts to our neighbor.

Date: Monday, February 26, 2018

Location: Wisconsin Lutheran College (Warrior Underground)

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“A Magician‘s Encounter With Magik”

Guest Speaker: Dan Jaspersen

Have you ever attended a séance? Have you ever witnessed an exorcism?Ever been asked to read a person’s palm? Had lunch with a witch or a beer with a druid? Ever been accused of witchcraft? Dan Jaspersen has. He’s going to talk about it.

Date: Tuesday, January 23 2018

Location: MSOE Alumni Partnership Center

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If you want to see what The Gathering is all about, be sure to check out our archived talks from past Gatherings. They can be found in our video archive.