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Ahhhhhhh, Summer. Wait. What?

By Pr. John Hulden There is a 35-year-old Minneapolis Area Synod tradition of Summer Youth Programs. More than a dozen congregations see summertime as a golden opportunity to reach out to children in the city. What a great ministry — touching hundreds of young lives. It’s also extra programming – everyday programming – that takes [...]

2017-07-18T20:01:50+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Blog|

The Critical Need for Leadership Skills

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen Long before women could become pastoral leaders, my mom was a leader in our congregation. I remember her leading in lots of settings – most notably, chair of the building committee for our new sanctuary. Do I continue to grow in leading in an area where God has given me passion [...]

2017-07-18T20:01:50+00:00 July 12th, 2017|From the Bishop|

What’s said in Leipzig, stays in … people’s memories for decades

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen I have a new resolution: “Each year, take at least one of group of synodical leaders on a week-long mission trip.” Just last Thursday, 16 of our synod’s rostered leaders returned from a ten-day visit to our companion synod in Leipzig, German. It was the week of Germany’s premiere celebration of [...]

2017-07-18T20:01:50+00:00 June 6th, 2017|From the Bishop|

At Pentecost, the answer is blowing in the wind

By Emilie Bouvier “Think of a time in which you powerfully experienced public space.” This is what I asked a room of faith leaders this week at the Peer Group Lunch and Learn I led this week. We went around and told stories (in two sentences or less!) about everything from rallies to hospital waiting [...]

2017-07-18T20:01:50+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Blog|

Answer Is …

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen Hymns for $300: “If you cannot preach like Peter, and you cannot pray like Paul.” “What is ‘There is a Balm in Gilead’?” This was not your grandparents’ synod assembly. Instead of multiple resolutions, we had multiple table conversations; instead of perfunctory reports, we heard the ELCA’s Ruben Duran tell how [...]

2017-07-18T20:01:50+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|From the Bishop|

A Variety of Gifts … for the Common Good

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen There are a varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. Just as the body is one and has many members, so it is with Christ.  To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12) At our office, there is no time when the above [...]

2017-07-18T20:01:53+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|From the Bishop|

Augies and Gusties and Norse, Oh My

By Rev. Craig Pederson At the change of each season, I relish the opportunity to return to the campus of my alma mater, Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter Minnesota. I have the privilege of serving on the college’s Board of Trustees. Meetings of the board are generally held over the course of two very [...]

2017-07-18T20:01:53+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Blog|