Sermons after Kristallnacht

By Bishop Mike Rinehart The Sunday after a shooting at a gay night club in Florida, it was interesting to see which preachers changed their sermons to respond to the situation. The same for the shooting of Trayvon Martin, or Alton Sterling. Pastors who write sermons...

Chaplain Lisa Gaye: Tending to Spiritual Needs in New Orleans

By Bishop Mike Rinehart Pastor Lisa Gaye used to serve St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Metairie, a suburb northwest of New Orleans, on Lake Ponchartrain. Now she serves a diverse group of people at Oschner Medical Center’s main campus a little over a mile away. Her work...

Health is a Spiritual Matter

By Chris Markert, Bishop’s Associate for Misison “My dear friend, I pray that all is well with you, and that you are as healthy physically as your soul is spiritually.” -3 John 2(INCL) In April I joined a gym. This was after a surprise stay in the hospital in January....

A Case for Rural Ministry

By Tracey Breashears Schultz, Bishop’s Associate for Leadership My internship site was on the plains of eastern Colorado in a rural community about an hour’s drive from Denver, the population of which was about 1400. When I was first assigned the site, I went to my...

We are to be bold

By Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding Bishop, ELCA This church had a meeting in August. We gathered in Milwaukee for the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. We were filled with anticipation and excitement—what would unfold during the assembly? How would we be inspired by worship and...