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  • Love building bridge over stigma and suffering


    POUNDS (or should we say kilograms?) of cards are being delivered to participants in the 2014 International AIDS Conference, which begins in a week in Melbourne, Australia, from members of our synod. Messages of God’s love and ours are shared in English, Farsi, German, Indonesian, Lugandan, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swahili and pictures-with-no-words according to Kati Miller-Holland of Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area. “They are eloquent, heartfelt, and a powerful bridge over the stigma and suffering that impacts the worldwide HIV community!” she writes. Pictured here are Karen, Elishua and Richard - our local

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  • Bishop Younan pleads for end to hostilities


    “Witnessing the bombardments, hearing the sirens, listening to the cries of mothers and children, seeing the ambulances carrying the wounded and people living in absolute fear, the [Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL)] cries out to God. We also raise our voice to all Christian sisters and brothers, along with all people of goodwill, to end this latest round of violence between the State of Israel and the Palestinian people.” Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan of the ELCJHL issued these comments from his full statement from Jerusalem. Younan, who is also President of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), said that many people in the region are depressed, frustrated and wondering about the future of Palestine and the

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  • Understand your journey better


    Through faith stories, we understand our own journey better, facilitate talking with others about our faith, and build bridges with each other, the community and the world. But do you know if you even have a faith story? Want some help finding the words and courage to talk about your faith? Living Faith Lutheran Church in Rockville, Md. is offering a workshop on Aug. 23 called "Sharing Our Faith Without Fear." Learn more on their flyer on the "EXTRAS" page or visit

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  • ‘Catch the Buzz’ VBS curriculum


    It's free. It's well done. It'll help us eradicate malaria. Check out "Catch the Buzz," a Vacation Bible School kit developed by the ELCA Malaria Campaign that's full of ideas for games, crafts, snacks, songs, skits, Bible studies and more, teaching children about malaria and how it is affecting children around the world. Children add their hands, voices, minds and hearts to being a part of God's work in the world. Download and learn more at

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  • Adventure and awe at summer camp


    It's not too late to sign up for a week of exciting outdoor fun! All ages, all adventure levels. A breeze across your cheeks, and a flickering campfire before your eyes. Check out offerings at Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp & Retreat Center in Fort Valley, Virginia and Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp & Retreat Center in Jefferson, Maryland. "We believe God has great things in store for us this summer!" Lots of campers are coming, but there's always room for

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Review Synod Assembly actions, photos & audio, from our get-together on June 21, 2014. "We are the church together."

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