Bishop Ann Svennungsen

‘No other gods’

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen I was privileged to meet Drew Hart, religion professor at Messiah College, when I sat next to him at dinner last Tuesday before his lecture at Luther Seminary. Impressed with his grace and approachability, I wasn’t exactly expecting the challenge his lecture would bring. Oh, his words came with that same [...]

Jump in

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen How did Joseph do it? Where did he find the courage? We focus a lot on the courage of Mary, but what about Joseph? Engaged, but not living with Mary, he discovers that she’s pregnant. And the child isn’t his. Whoa, … Joseph was an upright Jew. And so was Mary. [...]

The mystery of faiths

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen A couple in Chicago recently told me about their practice when visiting dear friends who are Jewish. “When we’re in their home, we’re invited into the prayers of their faith. When they visit our home, we invite them into the prayers of our Christian faith. We’ve found it to be both [...]

Reforming and reformed

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen As a kid I would never have imagined that Lutheran Church would play such a key role in the ecumenical movement. We weren’t especially ecumenical in Shelby, Montana. And yet, before I entered fourth grade, Lutherans were beginning to lead. I’ve always imagined that the more mainline churches would take the [...]

Checking in

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen It didn’t take long before tears came to his eyes. We were sitting at the pre-game lunch last Saturday before Homecoming at Concordia College in Moorhead. My table mate had come to watch his son play football. I told him about my work as a bishop in the region that includes [...]

Reflections on sanctuary

By Eric Howard I was four years old when I became an American citizen. Those first few months were a lot to take in; I remember navigating feelings of confusion, fear, and doubt. I was an adoptee from Mexico with a new family in a new country having to learn a new language. It was [...]

2019-10-07T17:49:17-06:00October 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Baptisms from Jordan to Minnehaha Creek

By Bob Hulteen  As Jim Rice, my friend visiting from Washington D.C., and I crossed the parking lot at Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center, seeking the path down to the rocks that mark the source of the Mississippi River, we were welcomed with flies that seemed angry about the coming weather change even though this [...]

Inspired by scripture

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen From the beginning of my Reformation, I have asked God to send me neither dreams, nor visions, nor angels, but to give me the right understanding of God’s Word, the Holy Scriptures; for as long as I have God's Word, I know that I am walking in God’s way. (Martin Luther, [...]

Reflection on Churchwide Assembly action

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen What a blessing it was to attend the 2019 Churchwide Assembly in Milwaukee! We worked hard on the decisions facing our church; we worshiped and studied scripture together; we celebrated and communed with people across the ELCA and around the globe. I will not soon forget the long procession during Friday’s [...]