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Building Community

Welcoming the Stranger / Loving Our Neighbor


Jan. 20th & 27th, 2018


British Columbia 
Grace Lutheran Church, Burnaby 

Deo Lutheran, Salmon Arm


Lutheran Church of the Cross, Calgary 

Ascension Lutheran, Edmonton

Messiah Lutheran, Prince Albert

Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon              

St. Olaf's Lutheran, Swift Current


Grace Lutheran, Winnipeg

Erickson Lutheran, Erickson 


Hilldale Lutheran, Thunder Bay

Welcoming the stranger and getting to know one’s neighbors,

be they inside or outside the pew, has never been the easiest of missions. 

But it is has become one of the central missions of our national church.


as we discussed and explored ‘welcoming and loving others as ourselves’, especially focusing on our indigenous and multicultural communities.  

Recordings are available on the Lay Academy YouTube Channel (see Playlists). 



Rev. Dr. Dave Saude


Rev. Dr. Dave Saude obtained his Masters of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and his Doctor of Ministry from St. Stephen's College in Edmonton. He is now semi-retired after serving some 40 plus years as a pastor in Western Canada. He has conducted numerous lay training sessions in Manitoba for those who serve in their congregations as worship assistants, leaders and preachers.

PRESENTERS: 1st Recording

“Theology of Welcoming”                                 Rev. Dr. Kayko Dreidger Hesslein, AB

Kayko Driedger Hesslein was born and raised in Calgary, receiving her M. Div from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She was ordained in the Eastern Synod of the ELCIC and served her first parish in Toronto from 2002-2007. She then received her PhD in Systematic Theology (with a minor in Christian and Jewish History) from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Kayko and her family moved back to Calgary in 2014. She has taught courses at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon.

“Making a Difference Through Resettlement”                            Dr. Fike Tsehai, BC


Fikre M Tsehai is the Development Manager of the Refugee Resettlement Program for Canadian Lutheran World Relief, working out of Western Regional office in New Westminster, BC. He studied at the University of Paris in France obtaining his Doctorate in 1984. For the past 25 years, he has been working with Lutheran Churches and other community groups to resettle refugees in Canada and has been instrumental in resettling over 10,000 refugees in all parts of the country. Fikre has been a member of the Sponsorship Agreement Holders Association Council serving three consecutive terms. He has also served as a member of the Executive Council for the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR).    

PRESENTERS: 2nd Recording

Rev. Jason Johnson, SK                    “Congregational Challenges in Reconcilliation”                                

Jason Johnson is a graduate from the Lutheran Theological Seminary and presently serves as the pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Laird while also working as a counsellor at an inner-city elementary school in Saskatoon. He has played a key role in building community amidst the Lutherans, Mennonites, and the Young Chipewayan Band in the process of reconciliation for Treaty 6. He also participates in advocacy work with Saskatoon Native Ministry in areas of poverty, homelessness, gang lifestyle, and missing and murdered Indigenous women.

 Rev. Tyler Gingrich, MB                   “Finding Our Way in Upholding God's Mission”                          

Tyler Gingrich, raised on Vancouver Island, obtained his M.Div from Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon, and has served in all four western synods of the ELCIC. His ministry has included rural ministry, mission development work, and work with Canadian Lutheran World Relief. He currently serves as Assistant to the Bishop for the MNO Synod, based in Winnipeg on Treaty 1 territory, and holds both the Missions and Youth and Young Adult Ministry portfolios. He has a special interest in social justice work, local activism, and new and creative partnerships that cross ecumenical, inter-faith and cultural lines.
In 2016, Tyler participated in a
"Northern Justice and Reconciliation Tour" that connected Anglicans and Lutherans with the Tataskweyak Cree Nation in the community of Split Lake, MB.   (click link to view)


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