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 Capitol 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, 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 8 a.m. MST at Lutheran Memorial Church, adjacent to the Capitol grounds, followed by an 8:30 a.m. walk across the street to the Capitol.
In the Capitol rotunda are planned a 10:30 a.m. CST prayer and introductions.
Lunch will follow back at Lutheran Memorial Church. The Interfaith Day participants then return to the Capitol for the 11 a.m. MST start of the Wednesday activities in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
The Interfaith Day participants can attend the 12:30 p.m. MST 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.”
To register for Interfaith Day, visit sdsynod.org/interfaithday/.