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There is no curtain obscuring plots

There is no curtain obscuring plots Rumors, politics on three issues at odds with true discernment A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP At a Conference of Bishops meeting a few years after the 2009 Churchwide Assembly, bishops shared some of the most outrageous suspicions Read More →

Unglamorous yet vital

Unglamorous yet vital Our relationship with money is a profoundly spiritual issue A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP A church in the Northeastern Ohio Synod describes itself as a “50/50” congregation. It gives away half of offerings received. A significant portion Read More →

Luther’s quote got it right

Luther’s quote got it right We’ve fallen but are also raised up—a prescription against paralysis A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP The account of the Ascension in Acts has two great questions. The disciples ask Jesus, “Lord, is this the time when you Read More →

Earthquake response

Earthquake response Both Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) have been in contact with the synod office, wanting to make sure congregations are aware of outlets for response to the tragedy following an earthquake and aftershocks in Nepal. “Continue Read More →

Worship is the heart of all we do

Worship is the heart of all we do Given competition, is it ‘hub of our week, space of our regrouping’? A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP There is a Seattle-based caffeinated beverage company that goes to great lengths to provide excellent customer service. Its campaign is Read More →

Every life is precious

150423demdpressconf In neighboring Baltimore, faith leaders have spoken to “unfolding events surrounding the tragic and untimely death of Freddie Gray” and called for a public moment of silence in gatherings of worship. After reading a statement endorsed by three faith leader Read More →