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Spring 2023 Archives

Embracing God's Future without Forgetting the Past: A Conversation about Loss, Grief, and Nostalgia in Congregational Life

Tuesday's, 10:00 - 11:00 am Central, 11:00 - 12 pm Eastern

January 17, 24, 31, and February 7, 2023

Many faith communities today are dealing with changes that have led to decline and significant loss. Acknowledging and expressing grief will give faith communities the courage to redefine their relationships with the past and draw strength and encouragement from their memories as they step into the future.

Drawing on more than thirty years of ministry experience in varied settings and concurrent study and teaching about loss, grief, and nostalgia, Bishop Michael Girlinghouse discusses how how faith communities and their leaders can work through experiences of loss and grief, both personally and in their congregation.

Crisis Care Ministries is proud to provide support to Church World Service for Caring in Crisis: Extended Study Sessions, a companion to the very popular Caring in Crisis: Leader Briefs webinars.

Bishop Mike's Book,
Embracing God's Future Without Forgetting the Past 
is available at the following vendors:

Fortress Press


Bishop Michael Girlinghouse has served as Bishop of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod since July of 2011. Prior to being called to serve as Bishop, he was Pastor of University Lutheran Church in Norman, OK and Campus Pastor for the University of Oklahoma. Ordained in 1987, Bishop Mike has served as a parish pastor, campus pastor and in congregations in transition or in need of a substitute pastor.  Bishop Mike has also served as an instructor at two universities teaching courses in Death and Dying and World Religion.

Bishop Mike was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, attended college at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN and seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

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