Winter Theological Event 2023

REBOUND: Unsettled History. Hopeful Future.


You are invited to attend the 2022 Annual Winter Theological Gathering. This year we will learn from our Ho-Chunk neighbors from Black River Falls about the history of the First Nation people and the unsettling, destructive role the Christian church has played in it. During this event we will learn from our neighbor’s stories and experience the history with The Blanket Exercise and Talking Circles.  Our time together will end with a hopeful word about ways we can move forward in the future and an Indigenous Worship Service. Our guests speakers will be Larry Little George, Barbara Blackdeer-Mackenzie-members of the Ho-Chunk Nation; Paul Rykken, historian and teacher.

Alternate Calendar

Monday, January 23, 2023


9:00 - 4:00

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Luther Park Bible Camp - Worship Center


$60 per person

TasksDownload Event Schedule Here

...We strongly recommend that all participants of the Winter Theological Event do the

following pre-work before our January 23 event:

Laptop  Watch this TED Talk

  Book Reader  Read this article about the Bethany Boarding School

Book Reader  Read the ELCA Declaration to the Indigenous Community


Please register by January 16.  


(Payment is now included in the registration form)


Although Winter Theo is a 1-day event this year, there is lodging available for those who wish to arrive the evening prior to our gathering and avoid a long morning commute.  

You can click HERE for a few regional hotel options.  


Guest Speakers

Ho-Chunk Tribal Members:

Dr. Barbara Blackdeer Mackenzie

Barb Blackdeer-Mackenzie is an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. The title of “community healer” was given to her while working with Healing Intergenerational Roots Wellness Center. She describes herself as a lifelong learner, educator, and helper.  She is currently writing a book for Wisconsin school teachers on how to teach about American Indian genocide. 


Adding to her growing repertoire of workshop topics, she also provides professional development to community groups, governmental organizations, and school districts. Her topics include, but are not limited to, Indigenous people and tribal nations; Teachings of the Medicine Wheel (by Charity Thunder); Mending Broken Hearts—Addressing Grief, Loss, Historical and Intergenerational Trauma from American Indian Boarding Schools (White Bison, Inc.); Survivors of Suicide, Homicide and Genocide (White Bison, Inc.); trauma-informed care; historic and intergenerational trauma and community resilience; Act 31; bias, stereotyping, and prejudice; recovering at-risk youth; physical violence, sexual violence, sex trafficking and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous People’s (MMIP or MMIWG2S) movement; and social justice advocacy. 


She lives in Black River Falls with her husband, Drew, and has two adult children, Jo and William. 

Larry Little George

Bio soon...


Paul Rykken

Paul ST Rykken, MA is a lecturer with the First Nations Studies Department at UW-Green Bay, teaching through the Virtual Academy. A graduate of Concordia College (Moorhead, MN), he retired in 2020 after 41 years of teaching high school in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.  He is a contributor to Wisconsin First Nations, a website devoted to American Indian Studies.  He resides in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.