From Bishop William O. Gafkjen, Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA:
The locations for the 2017 I-K Synod Chrism Liturgies have been
chosen after a great deal of conversation and thought. As we have moved away
from ten such liturgies each Lent to four or five, we have tried to move them
around in a way that ensures that as many folks as possible have access to one.
Thanks to our geography, this is a challenging task which was complicated a bit
this year by the effort to do up to four of the liturgies with our Episcopal sisters and
brothers. You will see that, in this regard, we were successful with two of the
four Episcopal dioceses. In some cases some years, participation in a chrism
liturgy will likely require travel of a couple of hours or more on the part of
a number of our folks. Hopefully, it will not be the same folks every year.
This year the liturgies are located in only two conferences that hosted one
last year. In those two cases, we will be in a different part of the
In all cases, the schedule for the day will look
like this, all local time and with slight variation based on local
9:00 am Arrival
10:00 am Worship: Blessing Oils,
Eucharist, Prayer for Healing, and
Renewal of Ministry Commitments
11:30 am Lunch, either at the church or a
Group conversation with the bishop will follow lunch if lunch
is at the church,
and precede lunch if lunch is at a restaurant.
1:30 pm Wrap up no later than 1:30 pm