Advent Devotions in a Pandemic

By Bishop Michael Rinehart This year, 2020, Advent begins on November 29, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. As I write this, in October, better than half of our congregations are having some form of in-person worship, albeit with masks, physical distancing and very small...

Caring for First Responders in your Congregation and Community

By Chris Markert, Bishop’s Associate for Mission Since the beginning of the pandemic nurses, doctors, hospital staffs, EMTs, and other first responders have placed themselves in significant harm’s way to provide care and support for those affected by COVID-19, as well...

ELCA Bishops Who Happen to Be Women

By Bishop Michael Rinehart The fall after I was elected bishop in 2007, I headed to a Chicago for my first 5-day meeting with the Conference of Bishops. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has 65 Synodical Bishops, and one Presiding Bishop. Of the 15 of us...

Set free

By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton A colleague of mine once pointed out that Martin Luther wrote far more about freedom than he did about reform or reformation. Liberation in Christ through faith was the freedom that transformed Luther. This freedom is what he wrote about most...

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