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November 13-15, 2022

Featuring Dr. Terri Elton

Stoney Creek Hotel
3060 S Kinney Coulee Rd.
Onalaska, WI 54650)



Click Here To Register*

*Opening on October 1.

  • Active pastors and deacons are expected to attend. If you are an active rostered leader in this synod and cannot attend, please contact Bishop Hassanally to discuss. Other synod ministry leaders* and retired rostered leaders are welcome to attend. (*Ministry leaders can include SAMs, TEEMs, and worship and faith formation professionals.)
  • Registration cost: $165 by Oct. 21; $190 on Oct. 22-31.
  • Event registration cancellation policy: If you cancel for any reason by Thursday, November 10, at 11:59 PM CST, you will receive a full refund. If the event is canceled or significantly altered at any time before it begins, you will have the option to receive a full refund.



You are responsible for lodging which is not included in event registration. There are rooms reserved for this event at a special rate of $92 per night. Check-in time is 3 PM and checkout time is 11 AM.

The rooms will only be held until October 13. Make your reservation today by calling 1-800-659-2220 and mentioning this group code: 2211SOUTHE_001.



Additional descriptions and details will be added below.


"Yes, And..." Improv
Angela Donovan from Matchbox Children's Theater in Austin


"Midrash Lab"
With Rev. Lisa Janke and Richard Bruxvoort Colligan

Midrash is an ancient Jewish practice of encountering a Biblical text. To practice midrash is to look beyond the Biblical text with imagination, often with results of rich insight and discovery.  Join Rev. Lisa Janke and Richard BC of Olive Branch Church as they share a bible study technique they call Off The Page to help you write your own midrash of a text.

"All Who Are Weary" Book Study
With Rev. Emmy Kegler via Zoom, led by Rev. Elizabeth Hermeier

NOTE: Previous reading of the book "All Who Are Weary," by Emmy Kegler, is optional and not necessary to attend and learn.

Communal Art
With Kat Parent


Discussion with Terri Elton
With Dr. Terri Elton


Meditative Walk
With Rev. Matt Larson


Event Schedule

Coming soon

Offering: Holy Spirit Fund

The Holy Spirit Fund is a new account designed to provide a way for the synod to come alongside congregations who are following the movement of the Holy Spirit in innovative, Gospel-centered ways. The congregations of the synod are all invited into the same central purpose; we are “called and sent to bear witness to God’s creative, redeeming, and sanctifying activity in the world.” The Holy Spirit Fund intends to support congregations as they explore new ways to bear witness to God’s activity in the world.

Share your feedback!

If you have not yet filled out the survey (originally released spring of 2022), and you are a rostered leader or ministry leader in this synod, please take a few minutes to share your feedback on this event! The Fall Theological planning team is dreaming and visioning about future possibilities and wants to know what you think. 

Take Survey Now

What is the Fall Theological Retreat?

Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side. The disciples, seeing the Master with their own eyes, were awestruck. Jesus repeated his greeting: “Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you.” Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:19-22 (The Message)

The mission of the Fall Theological Retreat is to offer Church leaders a dedicated and unique time and space designed to strengthen relationships, reinforce identity, inspire theology, and extend sabbath, all with peers and colleagues, near and not-so-near, of the Southeast Minnesota Synod.

The goals of The Fall Theological Retreat are to provide time and space for pastors, deacons, and other church leaders to:
1. See the Master. Learn through compelling, timely, relevant content.
2. Receive the Holy Spirit. Attend vibrant community worship services.
3. Gather together. Connect and enjoy fellowship with peers and colleagues.
4. Find some peace. Take time for the kind of rest that meets our unique needs.