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Peace Lutheran

Address:1744 Walnut St.
Baptized Membership:112
Confirmed Membership:60
Average Sunday Attendance:75
Paid Staff:Pastor David Greenlund
Vicky Mackerman, Music

Access to Public Transit:Walking distance from Seminary. NORTH ON EUSTIS, ONE BLOCK NORTH OF LARPENTEUR AND ONE BLOCK WEST OF EUSTIS
Congregation Description:Neighborhood context, University and Seminary students, rentals and homeowners

9am education
10 am worship
9:30AM Text Study
6pm Dinner and Intergenerational Learning: Art and The Biblical Story

Peace Lutheran has gone through an amazing amount of change and re-birth in the last 8 years. On the brink of closing, the church decided to invest all of its small savings in an attempt to do something completely different. It hired Pastor/Artist Dave Greenlund to think together with members outside the box. Very quickly (months) pews were recycled into other furniture (bookcases, altar) and flexible space chairs brought in. Worship in the round was created and the sanctuary walls became a gallery space for congregational and visiting artist shows. Creativity and change brought new life. Simultaneously we were looking at new ways to connect with the neighborhood.

Our main neighborhood outreach and service emphasis is a program we've created called "Christmas in August." We distribute 700 flyers twice/year to each residence in Lauderdale asking for properties that are in need of repair in which the owners cannot through their own means repair and/or maintain them. We seek volunteers in the neighborhood through the same flyers and then we send squadrons of church and neighborhood folks together to do the needed work. The result is much-needed home maintenance and relationships are built. Over six years we've worked on over seventy homes. Real needs are discovered, shared and when possible, met.

In Spring 2010, our Pastor/Artist spent three months on a Lilly Endowment Sabbatical while the congregation engaged together in retreats and Spiritual Direction around the theme of "What Makes Our Hearts Sing?" During this time the congregation secured a grant to begin transforming their south lawn into a community garden which is used to feed hunger and create new opportunities to engage as neighbors in a world that continues to become isolating. In 2011 the community garden expanded across the street and in front of the DOT sound-wall. The produce has been amazing for neighbors and the food pantry.

As we work together in and for the neighborhood we begin to see many other needs in the lives of those around us from an on-the-ground, on the roof, porch, basement and now garden perspective.

We,ve been a "Reconciling in Christ" congregation for two years and are proud of our "Welcome Statement" that can be read on our website. It is our firm belief that we all walk together as equals in the process of being reconciled in Christ.

We constantly look for ways to engage ministry and the arts in ways that energize, challenge and empower. We've created two walking labyrinths (the first on the sanctuary floor and the other in the Fellowship Hall). We have designated space for an arts studio where we've taught stained-glass window making, silk painting and pottery. We have an ongoing Arts and Spirituality group.

The main issue we face is providing sufficient and relevant educational programing in a multi-generational format that meets various age specific needs.

Congregation Keywords:Art, arts, creative, dynamic, edge, neighborhood, emergent, mission, redevelopment, future, community, garden, celebration, interfaith, young, intergenerational, informal, justice,

Mentor Pastor: David Greenlund
Years in Ordained Ministry:14
Years in Current Position:7
Previous Students Supervised:16
Autobiography:I grew up in the city of Chicago
BA Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD (Art, Religion, Anthropology)
MA Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO (Peace and Justice Studies)
M.Div. Pacific Lutheran Theological School

I've read and am drawn to works by Walter Brueggemann, Frederick Buechner, Walter Wink, Barabara Taylor, Mary Oliver, Marcus Borg, Julia Cameron, many contemporary books of fiction, The books of Genesis, Exodus, Kings, Job, Jonah and Luke/Acts. I'm a fan of and "read" various sorts of music...Leo Kottke, Bruce Cockburn, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, REM, Bob Dylan, Springsteen, The Wailin Jennies, my two children's instrument practices, and Greg Brown.

I've taught college Ceramics courses and continue to work in clay in my studio. I see the Gospel in colors and try to tell its story through the arts within the congregation in any way possible. I spend time at Holden Village and seek out educational opportunities that expand upon my desire to connect faith and the arts and justice. I also love construction and repairing anything.