St. Dysmas impacts women’s lives with caring volunteers

by the Rev. Gerry Rickel Community of St. Dysmas Lutheran Church is a unique congregation of the ELCA. It currently meets inside five different state prisons in Maryland, and all its members are incarcerated. With her permission, here’s a story Read More →

Common Mission with Episcopalians firm locally and nationally

Leaders expressed support and encouragement for continued expression of the full communion between our traditions following both the 122nd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington (EDOW), held January 28, 2017 in D.C., and the Lutheran Episcopal Coordinating Committee Read More →

The good Samaritan

A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP I have been thinking a lot about the parable of the good Samaritan lately (Luke 10:25-37). Parts of it are so familiar—the unfortunate victim, the robbers, the priest, the Levite, the Samaritan—that Read More →

“It’s not what we do”

“It’s not what we do” A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP At the end of the sixth chapter of the Gospel according to John, many disciples who had been following Jesus left him. Looking at the 12, Jesus asked, “Will you also go Read More →

How many loaves for 500 sandwiches?

Here’s a creative way to celebrate that in 2017 we’re marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! But planning  may take some math… by Alan Van Nostrand* A goal of 500 sandwiches to highlight the 500-year celebration of the Reformation Read More →

Life-changing outdoor camp experiences

by Sarah Lefler and Reuben Todd* Thousands of people each year at Caroline Furnace and Mar-Lu-Ridge are touched by the important camping and retreat opportunities they offer. We encourage you to participate in “I Love Camp” Month** during February to Read More →