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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 September Column: "How will people know?"

Presiding Bishop Eaton's September column for Living Lutheran is here!

"This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this question or others like it. It’s as if people want or need or expect some kind of directive or program or even permission from someone (the presiding bishop?) or somewhere (the churchwide organization?) to bring all of these things to light and life in their congregations. It doesn’t have to be that way. About 960 voting members and almost 500 Grace Gathering participants along with visitors, presenters and staff attended the assembly. Close to 2,000 people, the majority of whom are members of ELCA congregations, saw and heard what happened in New Orleans. Thousands of you are reading about the assembly in this issue of Living Lutheran. Get mobilized."

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

Synod Assembly 2016: "We Are Lutheran: Bold & Hopeful"

Thank you to all who joined us May 20 & 21 for Synod Assembly at Prince of Peace, Burnsville.

Bishop Lull's sermon from Friday morning worship, "That My House May Be Filled," is available to read.

Also available at on our website is the synod's new Statement of Purpose, revealed at Assembly. We have made it available in the four primary languages of the synod and invite you to read and reflect.

The resolutions & memorials passed at Assembly are available to read here (PDF).

Photos from Assembly are available! Please tag yourself & share!

Throughout Assembly, videos about mission development aired as people gathered back in from breaks. A DVD of these videos is being sent to every congregation, but they are also gradually being made available on the synod's Facebook page. Visit the video section of our Facebook page to see what has been uploaded & share them with your congregation!

Photos of the artwork from Synod Assembly are also available to look at & share on our Facebook page!

Please note: you do not need to be a Facebook member to view photos or videos

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