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The January FaithLink is here!

A new year, a new issue of FaithLink. The January 2016 feature article centers around the act of storytelling, more specifically reflecting on "The Power & Pratice of Personal Storytelling with Mark Yaconelli" event held in December at Christ on Capitol Hill. This issue also features a "From the Bishop" piece about welcoming refugees, reflections from two Young Adults in Global Mission serving abroad on behalf of the Saint Paul Area Synod, and a reflection on the power of the story of Bega Kwa Bega. Read the January 2016 issue now! (PDF)

Bishop Eaton's February Column: "Time to get to know each other"

Presiding Bishop Eaton's February column for The Lutheran is here!

"Of course I understand that our primary identity is Christian and that baptism doesn’t make us Lutheran, it makes us part of the body of Christ. But the Lutheran witness to the gospel has something important and distinctive about it that is valued by other Christian and religious traditions, and by the secular world as well. Other people see it. We don’t."

Read Presiding Bishop Eaton's full column at The Lutheran.

Resources on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

On Tuesday, November 17, Bishop Lull released a pastoral message on refugees. In it, she outlined the ways in which she will consider the refugee crisis during the Advent season. Included were many resources for donations, discussions, and more about the Syrian refugees. Below are a recap of these resources, and additional ones that have since come about:

In a statement from Presiding Bishop Eaton, she encourages that, "Christians and all others of good will cannot let fear rule the day. Fear paralyzes, divides people, fosters distrust and clouds judgments.  We also stand shoulder to shoulder with people of faith who are firmly opposed to vengeful reprisals and prejudice. In particular, we are concerned for and committed to standing with our Muslim neighbors who are facing threats and acts of discrimination and hate by those who conflate Islam with terrorism." Read her full statement at www.ELCA.org.

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is highlighting their resource, "My Neighbor is Muslim", a small group study exploring the Muslim faith. A statement from CEO Jodi Harpstead, along with the small group study and a fact sheet can be found here.

Marty Haugen, a composer of liturgical music, has written a song of response to the refugee crisis, "In These Times". He has made the song available for free use on his website www.martyhaugen.com.

In addition, the Bishop has chosen to highlight four aid organizations that are doing work to help Syrians. These include Lutheran Disaster Response, Lutheran Mideast Development, Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service, and Lutheran World Relief.

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