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Meet the Building Resilient Communities Team

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What Is “Building Resilient Communities”? ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran Disaster Response are ministries deeply rooted in the identity of the ELCA, and the mission to which God calls this Church. Together, for decades, these ministries have accompanied communities where God is at work through congregations, synods, social ministry organizations, companions and other partners building […]

Prayer ventures: May 12

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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, May 12 Pray that we […]

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My faith journey: Finding joy amid pain

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I stand in the choir loft with a microphone in hand, flipping through pages of music, preparing to lead worship. Sun shines through the skylight of our sanctuary, a welcoming brightness on this Sunday morning, pre-pandemic. Worship begins and we come to our first song, “Hear Our Praises.” Energetic piano introduces the song, and by […]

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Worship in the Home: May 16, 2021

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Worship in the Home Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year B May 16, 2021 In this time of world-wide crisis, congregations throughout this church are not able to gather for worship as the body of Christ. While you cannot be together in person, we can hear the word of God and hold each other in prayer. […]

The world and all its troubles!

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In this world, you will have trouble, but be brave! I have defeated the world (John 16:33b).

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May 16, 2021-E Pluribus Unum?

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Brian Hiortdahl, Woodland Hills, CA Warm-up Question How do you stay in healthy relationship with someone with whom you strongly disagree? E Pluribus Unum? As the United States transitioned from one presidential administration to another, many families struggled with strained or broken relationships overheated by strong political disagreement. An article by Belinda Luscomb in TIME […]

A call to service and a pandemic

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Like Abraham and Sarah, Daniel and Emily Womack stepped out in faith, not knowing where they were going, only doing their best to faithfully follow where they sensed God was leading. That sense of call eventually led them across the world on a floating hospital ship. The Womacks, members of Christ the Servant Lutheran Church […]

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I’m a Lutheran: Nura Aly

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Nura Aly

Grace Lutheran Church, Evanston, Ill. Violinist, teacher assistant at Park School in Evanston, Ill., violin/viola instructor and music minister at Grace I’ve been playing violin since I was 8. Growing up, I was always part of youth orchestras, school orchestras and ensembles. Giving that to a kid is so important—a place to belong, and a […]

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Prayer ventures: May 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. Tuesday, May 11 “Make a joyful […]

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Call to support Nepal through COVID emergency

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With Nepal facing a COVID-19 catastrophe along with its neighbour India, Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS) is today launching an appeal for urgent funds towards emergency medical supplies, health care and support for the Himalayan nation.

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Making friends with strangers

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Perhaps the reason it seems risky to welcome a stranger is that we fail to see that we are one ourselves. But we are all different. There is no-one like you in the world. Being a stranger and seeing others as strangers it becomes easier to welcome the stranger, says school principal Adam Borgas.

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Megan Rohrer elected bishop of ELCA Sierra Pacific Synod

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Megan Rohrer (they/their), San Francisco, Calif., was elected May 8 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod of the ELCA. Rohrer is the first transgender bishop in the ELCA. The election took place during an online synod assembly. Rohrer was elected on the fifth ballot, with 209 votes. Jeff R. […]

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