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March 5, 2021

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  • March 5, 2021

GOD WILL TRANSFORM THIS CHURCH Pew Research reports that over one-fifth of the U.S. public—and a third under 30—are religiously unaffiliated. These are the “nones.” The religiously unaffiliated, whether never churched or dechurched, don’t have a favorable impression of church. They see it as extremist, full of hypocrites, judgmental, anti-science, anti-intellectual, dogmatic, overly concerned about other people’s morality, naïve and out of touch. Ouch. In the eyes of the nones, the ELCA gets lumped in with everyone else. Though we aren’t perfect, and some of the characteristics of church apply to us at various times, we have a theology based on a […]

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February 12, 2021

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  • February 12, 2021

Thank God for our special relationship with The Episcopal Church, a full communion partner with the ELCA since 1999. Pray for the church, its members and its leaders, and pray that together we will find strength and new resources for the work of sharing the gospel and serving our neighbor, especially in these uncertain and challenging times.                         Prayer Ventures, Living Lutheran, February 12, 2021

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February 2, 2021

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  • February 2, 2021

GAME ON!  For the past several years, the bishops who serve the synods of Super Bowl participant teams have challenged each other and their congregations to tackle hunger by being part of the Big Game Challenge for ELCA World Hunger!  Thanks to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, we are one of two synods with teams in Super Bowl LV! Now Bishop Susan Candea and Bishop Pedro Suárez are challenging their synods to bring home a victory for hunger relief. Here’s how it works  – Our partners at ELCA World Hunger have created a crowdfunding platform where we can show our support for  Team Tampa Bay .  This is a […]

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February 1, 2021

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  • February 1, 2021

Today we celebrate the new initiative that comes to us via the churchwide expression of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America FUTURE CHURCHBeing church together in new ways It’s about connecting all the expressions of our church with all the organizations, schools, seminaries and agencies that make us who we are in order “to activate the entire church so that more people may know the way of Jesus and discover community, justice and love.” More to follow on the innovations to live out our common vocation“To tell the old, old story in new ways” You can log in at ELCA.org […]

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June 4, 2020

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  • June 4, 2020

ELCA reaffirms commitment to combat racism O God of unconditional love, you who show no partiality in respect to people or  nations, we have heard your good news of great joy for all the people. We hear that good news, and in hearing, believe. We know that your sanctuary is a house of worship for all people, with no regard for the color of our skin. As we worship you, knit us into a people, a seamless garment of many colors. May we celebrate our unity, made whole in our diversity. Forgive us for our inability to let our “old […]

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June 3, 2020

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  • June 3, 2020

“I encourage all of us in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to join together across faith lines in this time of collective mourning,” Eaton said. “This weekend our Jewish neighbors will remember God’s covenant, our Muslim neighbors will recall the reception of the Quran, and as Christians we will celebrate the power of the Holy Spirit present among us. ….. We join together in prayer for the healing of this nation, and for the world that God so loves.”                                                                              Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and […]

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May 28, 2020

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  • May 28, 2020

The Spirit works through the whole people of God, and no one is to be privileged above any other. That is the good news of the first Christian Pentecost…The even better news is that the Spirit doesn’t stop working after Pentecost.                                                       Cory Driver, Living Lutheran, May 25, 2020 Church has been different these past months. In the ELCA, as we respond in love to the needs of neighbors by practicing social-distancing, this picture may seem a fond memory – the church gathered together to worship. Because of on-going concerns, we are having to discover new ways to be church, […]

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