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Conflict-Averse Christians

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen All things being equal, I’d rather avoid conflict. If you asked me when pastoral ministry was most challenging, I would immediately think of times when the congregations I served were most conflicted. I suspect that is true for most rostered leaders. I still remember a vivid dream the night before a [...]

2017-09-18T19:44:49+00:00 September 18th, 2017|From the Bishop|

Ensuring Church as a Safe Place

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen Healthy relationships matter. Human flourishing is irrevocably tied to the health of our relationships – with family, friends, co-workers, teachers, classmates. Healthy church relationships matter, too. Indeed, unhealthy church relationships can be destructive in uniquely painful ways. Tragically, the church has often done a poor job preventing and addressing misconduct in [...]

2017-09-11T19:30:24+00:00 September 11th, 2017|From the Bishop|

What Can I Do?

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen Charlottesville: Did this really happen in America? In the 21st century? Does our social fabric really provide the context for children to grow into white supremacists? Are there no moral standards preventing such words and acts of hatred, bigotry, and violence? Exactly one week before, in our very own synod, a [...]

2017-08-15T21:47:25+00:00 August 15th, 2017|From the Bishop|

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|