The May FaithLink is here!
The May 2016 FaithLink newsletter is here! This month's issue features an article by The Rev. Amanda Simons about how East Side congregations came together for a Good Friday service, and how they will continue to join together to better live out their missional calls on the East Side. Also in this issue is an article by The Rev. Javen Swanson about how churches can expand their welcoming statements to include transgender and non-binary individuals. Reflections from current YAGMs in Madagascar and South Africa are also in this issue, alongside the Bishop's column. Read the May 2016 issue now! (PDF)
Bishop Eaton's April Column: "Can we answer the question 'Why'?"
Presiding Bishop Eaton's April column for The Lutheran is here!
"But the point then, as it is now, is that we as a culture and a church have become proficient at talking about the “how” of things. For the church this means “how” has become the question that determines where we focus, how we live, where we allocate resources. We have developed programs—beautiful programs—on how to do Christian education, worship, stewardship, advocacy, justice, evangelism, global ministry and youth ministry. Don’t neglect any of these.
"But can we, as a church, answer the question why?"
Synod Assembly 2016: "We Are Lutheran: Bold & Hopeful"
The 2016 Synod Assembly will be held Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 at Prince of Peace Lutheran, Burnsville.
We are on the cusp of commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. As we prepare to observe this ecumenical milestone with Roman Catholic and other Christian brothers and sisters, the 2016 Synod Assembly will reflect on both our identity and our unique vocation as Lutherans. Half a millennium after our reformation beginnings, where is God calling us today?
"Bold & Hopeful" is about claiming our past, but more importantly, our future, as people shaped by God's grace. The theme reminds us that we have come this far by opennes to God's reforming Spirit at work in us and we will go forward inspired by the same Spirit.