Exploring Lasallian Mission (ELM)


Exploring Lasallian Mission (ELM)

June 12-15, 2017

Exploring Lasallian Mission (ELM) was created by Lewis University in 2007 by the Office of Mission and Identity in cooperation with members of the Mission & Heritage Council as a key component of the University’s strategic plan.

ELM is a relaxed and informal summer workshop experience that builds upon what participants already know and appreciate about the Lasallian mission. Through this program, employees of Lasallian ministries can better inform their own teaching and work practices – all in an effort to enhance the student experience at their respective institutions in the spirit of the Lasallian mission value of Association. 

This professional development/formation program for administrators, teachers, and staff responds to the need for more accessible mission-based formation opportunities at the local and regional level. ELM was specifically designed for those who are unable to participate in the lengthier and more formal national and international formation programs.

The workshop is organized around four major themes:

  • History, Life and Times of Saint John Baptist De La Salle
  • Teacher Formation and Classroom Pedagogy
  • Social Justice and Spirituality
  • Vocation and Association

Presenters bring the Lasallian mission and traditions to life through prayer, discussions, small group activities, historical and contemporary readings, videos, personal reflections and multimedia presentations.

Individuals who finish the program receive a certificate of completion during a commissioning service and celebratory luncheon.

Since its inception, over 200 individuals have completed the program.

ELM is open to all employees of Midwest District Lasallian ministries. Commuter and overnight, residential options are available. Please see “Registration Information” for details.

For additional information or questions regarding ELM, please contact Dr. Kurt Schackmuth, Vice President for Mission and Academic Services at (815) 836-5810 or via e-mail at schackku@lewisu.edu.