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Brenda Bos elected bishop of ELCA Southwest California Synod

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Brenda Bos, Glendale, Calif., was elected June 5 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Southwest California Synod of the ELCA. Bos will be the first openly lesbian bishop in the ELCA. The election took place during an online synod assembly. Bos was elected on the fifth ballot, with 160 votes. Albert Starr, […]

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Something we know to be true

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It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High (Psalm 92:1).

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Stewardship: A disciple’s path

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Mention “stewardship” at church and you’re likely to see a lot of eyes rolling and hear some deep groans—just before people bolt for the door with one hand on their wallets and checkbooks. That’s because, in too many congregations, “stewardship” has become a cheesy euphemism for “We want your money.” It’s a shame too. As […]

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Prayer ventures: June 11

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Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Friday, June 11 Remember in prayer […]

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Changes to General Synod

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The GCB has agreed to hold the 20th regular Convention of General Synod in two parts: an online meeting in early October 2021, which will then be adjourned until the meeting resumes in-person at a location to be determined in 2022.

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A letter to adult leaders

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  Dear 2022 Gathering adult leaders, Congratulations on your role to bring a group from your congregation to the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering. This is an incredible opportunity for you and all who will be involved. Perhaps you feel excited and/or overwhelmed, wondering where to start, especially if you have never been to the Gathering […]

Who do you think he is?

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‘Are you greater than our Father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?’ (John 8:53).

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Prayer ventures: June 10

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Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Thursday, June 10 Remember in prayer […]

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Listening for yourself, not others

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Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God (John 8:47).

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A holding space for healing

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Agape Group at Pride Visalia

Editor’s note: As part of her studies at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., Chavaleh Forgey established an LGBTQIA+ reconciliation ministry at Christ Lutheran Church, Visalia, Calif. With the encouragement of the pastor, Brian Malison, Forgey developed the congregation’s Agape Group in 2018. In the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley, Christ Lutheran Church has a […]

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Prayer ventures: June 9

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Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Wednesday, June 9 Pray that we […]

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No-one ever spoke like this

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No-one ever spoke the way this man does (John 7:46).

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