For more than 26 years, the Wisconsin Conference Lay Academy engaged lay people in spiritual growth and development through theological education and equipped God’s people for ministries of all kinds. As one participant said: “Lay Academy helped me try different things that I might never have tried on my own without the support and encouragement of my teachers and classmates. In a way, each of us challenged ourselves to step out of our comfort zones and trust that God would help us as we tackled new challenges. I’ve learned that there is so much more we can do as Christians to share our faith, our love for one another.”
In 2020 when the Covid-19 Pandemic restricted in person gatherings the Lay Academy began its transition to its new home within the Damascus Project. The Damascus Project, is a joint initiative of the Wisconsin and Minnesota Conferences of the UCC. This development enabled the richness of the Lay Academy program to expand beyond the boundaries of the Wisconsin Conference into the Minnesota Conference and beyond.
Starting in January 2022, what has been known as the Lay Academy will be available for lay people, seekers and Members in Discernment within three Damascus Project learning pathways: Faith Foundations, Leadership Skills and Ministry Skills. Click here to learn more about what Faith Foundations, Leadership Skills and Ministry Skills are and to explore all of the Damascus Project’s course offerings. Questions? Please contact Damascus Project Director, the Rev. Stephanie Perdew, at her email address..
The Rev. Stephanie Perdew
Damascus Project Director