Josué Gonzalez didn’t grow up Lutheran. In fact, he was not raised with any type of religion. “I got involved with the Lutheran faith through Todos los Santos/El Milagro in the late 1990s. That’s when I got a taste of the generosity of the Lutheran brotherhood,” he explains. So, when Josué heard two years ago that Pastor […]
When Minneapolitans hear the term “North Loop,” they know it has something to do with downtown, but aren’t necessarily sure where it is. And yet, the North Loop is gaining a unique identity. For those that don’t know, think Warehouse District. More than 30,000 people now live in Downtown Minneapolis. And city plans assume that […]
One synod new start puts curiosity at the center of the worship experience Mike Rusert comes by church planting naturally. When his dad, Bob Rusert, started a new congregation in Monticello, Minnesota, Mike learned that “we built community out of our house, and the church became my family and friends.” He figures that when it […]
“Why on earth are we using styrofoam plates?!” exclaimed the total stranger standing next to me in the line for lunch just one year ago at the Minneapolis Area Synod Assembly. That gut-level moment of tension when you pick up a styrofoam cup or throw away that plastic packaging is something to listen to. Just […]
This year, Advent follows closely on Pope Francis’ visit to the US and converges with the crucial United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris (Nov 30 – Dec 11). The last two months of 2015 offer an extraordinary opportunity for churches to await the incarnation with attention to the earth, “our common home.” Through its EcoFaith […]
Bishop Ann Svennungsen recently announced that Dr. Ibrahim Bitrus has been named Companion Synod Theologian in Residence for the Minneapolis Area Synod. As such, Bitrus will work with congregations in both short-term and long-term settings on a variety of topics.
When Redeemer Lutheran Church opened an after-school program many years ago, reflected Pastor Kelly Chatman, a young girl in foster care come up and asked, “Is this a church or a magical place?” That image stuck with Chatman, especially when Redeemer first opened Venture North, a retail bike and coffee shop in North Minneapolis, something […]
The Minneapolis Area Synod recently announced two new programs that provide resources to help congregations improve the health of their neighborhoods and the energy efficiency of their buildings. The projects – one a grant program, the other a loan program — were announced at the Synod Assembly on May 15, 2015.
Every interim period within a congregation is unique. In 2010 Kris Bjorke served as Interim Director of Youth Ministry with Christ Lutheran Church in Blaine, Minnesota. Her short-term position included working alongside volunteers in ministry to discover where they wanted to go with their ministry to young people.“We conducted surveys, focus groups, did training, as […]
Reflections from Chris Okey On Thursday, November 13, 2014 I traveled with two youth from the Minneapolis Area Synod (Christian Benz- St. John’s Lutheran Church, South Minneapolis & Grace Pelowitz- Wooddale Lutheran Church, St. Louis Park) and two youth from the Saint Paul Area Synod (Rachel Larson- Augustana Lutheran Church, West St. Paul & Rebecca […]