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#whycamp notions

1602ilovecampwhycampcombo Why has camping at an outdoor ministry site touched you? Bullying-free zone. A heart full of praise. Friendships. Kayaking biceps. Help navigating life’s challenges. Drippy s’mores. Marvel at God’s creation. During “I Love Camp” month in February, you are invited Read More →

#whycamp in February

1502ilovecampmonth300 Camps and retreats have long been defining experiences designed to encourage people to hear, respond and develop as spiritual leaders, called to inspire and lead in lives of love. In February 2016, celebrate “I LOVE CAMP” month in your congregation Read More →

Putting the pieces together

Putting the pieces together 2016 dedicated to setting directions, priorities across all the church A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP It has been just more than two years since I began this call. I’m often asked what has been the greatest surprise. Read More →

From the Bishop’s Desk: Crucial Calm and Kindness

From the Bishop’s Desk: Crucial Calm and Kindness Out in the world the emphasis right now is to some extent on human relationships and largely on stuff. On the radio the other day, I heard a lengthy discussion about making sure your unpleasant relatives don’t spoil your Christmas Read More →

The unsettled season of Advent

The unsettled season of Advent In incarnate Christ, God finds us and gives restless hearts rest A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP O come, O come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear Read More →

Justice, reconcilliation, hope

Justice, reconcilliation, hope They valued having “Conversations about Race: Justice, Reconciliation, Hope” when Metro D.C. Synod rostered leaders got together for their annual retreat in October. As individuals, family members, friends, pastors, congregation members and synod representatives, these diverse men and women explored Read More →