At Friday evening’s laity session, attendees enjoyed music from Rich Rubietta and his band, and Bishop Jung praised all laity in Wisconsin for their gifts and leadership. He named Conference Lay Leader Deanna Shimko as a partner in ministry as we begin to “move into the future God designed for us so future generations will be rejuvenated” through Imagine Wisconsin Anew, and asked attendees to “break through the ceilings and rooftops to imagine God-sized dreams. God is working through you and me.”

Janet Hartzell spoke about the significance of the Acts of Repentance worship service, saying that we often hear about the struggles of black Americans, women, and LGBT persons in society, but rarely hear about the struggles of Native Americans. She urged each church to take home a free copy of Anita Phillips’ book “On This Spirit Walk”, to attend the worship service on Sunday and Phillips’ Learning Day session on Monday, and to continue this conversation with pastors after Annual Conference. “These efforts are about improving our shared life together,” she said. “Go back and say to your pastor,’ I’d like to do this book study.’ Even if it’s as a sermon illustration, let’s get the ball rolling.“

Finally, Lay Delegates to General Conference Barbara Dick and Gail Burgess presented a recap of General Conference by explaining what the schedule was like during those two weeks, where Wisconsin delegates sat on the floor, which motions passed, and showed a video montage of interviews with each member of the Wisconsin delegation. Click here to review the Powerpoint presentation from their report.