Together, We Shine! Ministry at the 2022 Houston Pride Celebration

Together, We Shine! Ministry at the 2022 Houston Pride Celebration

By Seminarian Amber Harbolt and Chris Markert, Bishop’s Associate for Mission Houston Pride, which took place on Saturday June 25, is the largest annual Pride celebration in Texas and the third largest in the U.S. Houston Pride takes place on the fourth Saturday of...
A Welcoming Place for All: Making Space at House of Prayer

A Welcoming Place for All: Making Space at House of Prayer

By Tracey Breashears Schultz, Bishop’s Associate for Leadership Pastor Eric Youngdahl of House of Prayer Lutheran Church in the Clear Lake area of Houston, is hopeful. If you ask him what his church is up to or what matters to his congregation, he will excitedly tell...

Pathway to Citizenship

By Bishop Michael Rinehart There shall be one standard for you; it shall be for the stranger as well as the native, for I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 24:22 Last month, I and a number of religious leaders had a meeting with Senator Cornyn’s (R-TX) Legislative...

Retired Pastors and Deacons: Something to Consider

By Bishop Michael Rinehart The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is structured to work well in middle-class communities. A church of 120-150 can sustain the salary of a full-time pastor and pay the expenses of the building. Activities involve trips that can be...