Alison Wolf shares a story during the workshop for "Teaching, Reaching, and Including Students with Asperger's in our WELS Schools," which was presented at the National School Leadership Conference in Waukesha, Wis. Alison is a parent of three boys, one with severe autism, one with Asperger's Syndrome, and one normal functioning. She is a parent mentor for the Special Needs Family Network, a member of the Special Education Services Committee and speaks to groups in the WELS and the community about autism.
Compelling worship is one of the most important factors driving parish health. Stronger worship in its several aspects – setting, music, preaching, variety, engaged involvement – will, under God, build stronger parishes. Stronger parishes are better able to support the worldwide mission of WELS. Can WELS practice worship that strengthens the parish and builds synodical strength and unity?
Pastor Jon Zabell delivers the plenary address at the 2008 national worship conference. His presentation is valuable not only for those with an interest in the history of hymnals in WELS. It’s also valuable for any who care about worship trends and needs in the 21st century.