The November FaithLink is here!
At the recent Bega Kwa Bega Fall Festival, the Rev. Peter Harrits shared about the danger of "the single story" - the concept that one story, a stereotype, can encapsulate all stories. In this issue of the FaithLink, read about the Bishop's recent trip to Guatemala, and how fighting against the single story of our life as a synod in North America, and the single stories of our global companions, can shape our ministry as church, here & now. Click here to read the November issue of FaithLink (PDF).
Bishop Eaton's December Column: "The unsettled season of Advent"
Bishop Eaton's December column for The Lutheran is here!
"In some ways Advent creates a certain restlessness. It may be one of the few seasons of the year when we become more aware of our longing for wholeness and more alert to the signs that something is approaching. It’s like hearing a sound in the distance that heralds something, but we just can’t quite make it out. I believe Advent is a liminal time, a threshold. The Celts called this a “thin place,” a place and time where heaven and earth seem to touch. It’s just there, just out of sight, just out of reach. And we are filled with a holy longing. Isaiah said it: “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down ...” (Isaiah 64:1)."
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.
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.