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Interfaith Day planned for Legislature Jan. 10

PIERRE -- Ten years after he was elected statewide leader for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Rev. David Zellmer returns to his former church and South Dakota's Capital next week for Interfaith Day at the Legislature.

PIERRE - Ten years after he was elected statewide leader for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Rev. David Zellmer returns to his former church and South Dakota's Capital next week for Interfaith Day at the Legislature.

The event in Pierre is Jan. 10, the second day of the 2018 legislative session. Zellmer, who now lives in Sioux Falls, previously was senior pastor at Lutheran Memorial Church in Pierre. He was chosen as bishop in 2007.

He heads an Interfaith Day group that includes former legislator Stan Adelstein, a Republican from Rapid City; Betty Oldenkamp, the chief executive for Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota and a former cabinet member for state government; and representatives for the Episcopal Church, Catholic Diocese, Benedictine Sisters of Yankton, Muslim Community Center of South Dakota, and Buddhist Center in Sioux Falls.

The schedule calls for coffee and discussion at 9 a.m. CT at Lutheran Memorial Church at 320 E. Prospect Ave., adjacent to the Capitol grounds, followed by a 9:30 walk across the street to the Capitol.

In the Capitol rotunda are planned a 10:30 a.m. prayer and introductions.

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Lunch will follow back at Lutheran Memorial Church. The Interfaith Day participants then return to the Capitol for the noon start of the Wednesday activities in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The Interfaith Day participants can attend the 1:30 p.m. CT State of the Judiciary address to a joint assembly of the 105 legislators in the House chamber. David Gilbertson, chief justice for the South Dakota Supreme Court, is scheduled to deliver the speech.

According to the South Dakota ELCA website, "Honoring our commitment to ecumenical and inter-religious outreach, we would be grateful if you would join us for a day at the Capitol as we stand in solidarity with our neighbors of other faiths across this great state."

People seeking to participate in Interfaith Day can register at

According" target="_blank">sdsynod.org/interfaithday/.

According to its website, "The South Dakota Synod is one of the 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America." Western North Dakota Bishop Mark Narum, Eastern North Dakota Bishop Terry Brandt and Zellmer participated in a Dakotas advocacy tour Dec. 13-15. They visited agriculture producers, toured energy businesses and discussed rural economic development.
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