synod assembly

A spirit of change

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen Did you feel the winds shift this month? Maybe it was the same wind that inspired Peter’s Pentecost sermon, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh. Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy.” We’ve heard a few more daughters prophesying in synod assemblies around the ELCA this spring. Seven [...]

A 2020 vision for synod assembly

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen Under the wonderful theme “In this Together: What the World Needs takes all of Us,” we gathered for our 2019 synod assembly, now visible in the “rearview mirror.” “It’s an ‘all hands on deck’ event for the synod staff, with work beginning for next year even before the current assembly is [...]

Who gets a seat?

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen I actually met the Pope this year! In preparing my synod assembly report, I reviewed last year’s pictures and was delighted to see the one with Archbishop Bernard Hebda from St. Paul, Bishop Peter Bartimeaus from Nigeria, and myself visiting with Pope Francis. We were the key religious leaders accompanying a [...]

The witness and wisdom of the global church

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen If you are Christian growing up in Northeastern Nigeria, you will likely face additional hurdles when applying for university or secondary school. If you were a Christian growing up in Leipzig under Soviet rule, the same could be true. For so many reasons, I am amazed and grateful for our companion [...]

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 [...]

2017-07-18T20:01:53-06:00May 2nd, 2017|Categories: From the Bishop|Tags: , , |