2022 Bishop’s Theological Conference

Sunday, October 16, 2022 to Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Cragun's Resort, Brainerd

For all rostered ministers in the Saint Paul Area Synod, including retirees! Interns may attend only if their supervising pastor is also attending.


Over the past two and a half years, we have learned how important it is to share time with others, especially the value that comes from being together in person. At this year’s Theological Conference, our guest presenter, Dr. Martha (Marty) Stortz, will help us understand why hope is rooted in community and relationships. A Lutheran scholar, teacher and writer, Marty will draw on the experience of her husband’s death, her own journey into grief, and her continuing work to understand resurrection, as a resilient human being. She likes to say, “Hope is a plural thing – a we.”


Dr. Storz taught historical theology and ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif., before becoming the Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation at Augsburg University from 2010-2020. She is the author of several books, (A World According to God, Blessed to Follow, Called to Follow), as well as numerous articles. She enjoys swimming, cycling, and hiking.


Check-in begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16.

Conference concludes before lunch on Tuesday, Oct. 18.


Registration is now closed. If you have any questions, contact Leslie Ortiz at 651-224-4313 or leslie.ortiz@spas-elca.org.