A proclivity for paradox

"...if it’s our earnest desire to share the intimate and liberating love of Jesus, then we will have to hold each other accountable as we take the hard but holy steps to open up a 94% white church." A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject of all, subject to all (Martin Luther in Freedom of Read More →

What it means to be Lutheran

What it means to be Lutheran A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP Lutherans don’t often garner much media attention. In this country we don’t make up a big segment of the population. When groups of Lutherans began arriving on these shores in the 18th Read More →

Standing with brothers and sisters in Orlando

1606orlando “We are killing ourselves. All are created in God’s image. We are LGBTQ. We are Muslims whose faith has been cooped by hate. God have mercy,” tweeted the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop, on June 12, 2016 following the Read More →

Straight outta Nazareth

1606straightoutta by the Rev. James Phillips In advance of the 2016 Metro D.C. Synod Assembly, “For the Healing of the Nations,” this stimulating sermon preached by Pr. Phillips to leaders gathered at the Bishop’s Convocation in October 2015 is being shared. Read More →

From persecution to witness

1606witness A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP For many months now people have been asking for some kind of statement about the persecution of Christians around the world. It seems to be a straight-forward issue. Christians are suffering in Read More →

Taking aging by Storm

1605storm Storm, a two-year-old, 60-pound black Labrador, has made herself at home with The Village at Rockville – A National Lutheran Community (TVAR) in Rockville, Md.* Her first week was spent training and learning the ropes with residents and staff since Read More →