Bishop Eaton's July Column: "Unglamorous yet vital"
Bishop Eaton's July column for The Lutheran is here!
"Giving is a spiritual discipline. It’s a way for us to learn to live by faith. It’s a way to participate in God’s generosity and abundance. It’s a way to move beyond ourselves. It’s also a way for us to be connected one to another. Responding to the grace and prodigal love of God expressed in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, our giving is a communal act. Giving isn’t a private thing any more than worship is. It’s part of our life together."
The May FaithLink is here!
May is Mental Health Month. There is no shortage to the need for conversation around this topic, and the church is one of the many places where discussions about mental health & suicide are both prevalent and needed. In this issue of FaithLink, the main story, The Need for Community, features an open conversation with several pastors from our synod, all of whom have grappled with youth or young adult suicides within their congregations & their communities in the past year. This issue of the FaithLink also features an article written by two staff members at Minneapolis Veterans Affairs on steps we can take to prevent suicide. As we move through Mental Health Month, I hope we can all take time to pause on how we can better understand and care for those living with mental illness. Click here to read the May FaithLink (PDF).
Nepal Area Earthquake: How You Can Help
On April 25, 2015, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, near its capital city of Kathmandu. More than 7,000 people died, with thousands more injured and displaced, cities & villages razed, and religious temples in ruins. Through the ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response and the Lutheran World Federation, emergency response teams are already in Nepal, coordinating response efforts which include distribution of immediate life-saving supplies such as food and clean water, as well as emergency shelter and medication.