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Directory Update-July 28, 2016
Thank you to all who participated in the 2016 NE MN Synod Directory.
The directory was sent to the publisher on July 21st. The next phase is the publisher takes our submitted photos and addresses and our pages and puts the directory together. They send us physical copy for corrections and editing. After any corrections, we return it for final processing.
Bishop Aitken Reflections for July 25
"He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?"
A Video from our Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Bishop Aitken's Pastoral Letter on Violence
Pastoral Letter on violence from Bishop Aitken
Northeastern Minnesota Synod
Evangelical Lutheran church in America
July 11, 2016
In the aftermath of the horrific violence and the continued use of gun violence in general, and in St. Paul, Baton Rouge and Dallas last week in particular, let us as a synod and church offer the world a different “normal.” As Christians, we don’t simply have a “belief” in Jesus; we are joined to him in baptism, through the weekly spoken gospel in our ears, and through Holy Communion. The living Jesus, crucified and raised for the life of the world joined us to his kind of life, one that frankly, the world is looking for. Our Lord addressed the issues of fear, hatred, tribalism, prejudice and violence repeatedly. To each action of hatred he saw or experienced Jesus spoke and acted in love. It didn’t matter who you were: Gentile or Jew, woman or man, slave or free, people of his own kin, people of other tribes and religions, Jesus walked into every situation, no matter how tragic, and brought new, courageous, and authentic life.
If you haven’t developed a devotional life yet, now is the time to start. Pray for the families of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, pray for the families of the police who died in Dallas, and those who were injured. Pray for your community. Pray specifically the names of those who died from acts of violence. Take your own inventory and ask God to remove prejudice and tribalism from your own heart and create in its place a new willingness to become an active loving neighbor to anyone in need. Talk with each other courageously about ending violence as a solution to our problems. Attend your community prayer vigils and talk to new people about how faith brings hope and new strength to address our complex problems.
Prayer: God have mercy on us. All of us. Create in us a new longing for you and your dream for the world. Give us the heart and desires of your Son Jesus. Speak to me, I am listening. Amen.
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Gloria Dei Fire UPDATE
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Post Assembly News
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Check it out! An article that appeared in the Brainerd Dispatch about Creation Care!
Bishop Eaton's Article from July Edition of Living Lutheran
What it means to be Lutheran By Elizabeth A. Eaton
Lutherans don’t often garner much media attention. In this country we don’t make up a big segment of the population. When groups of Lutherans began arriving on these shores in the 18th and 19th centuries, they tended to stay in their nationality and language groups and didn’t assimilate completely into the surrounding culture. We kept to ourselves and so went relatively unnoticed. Lutherans, with some exceptions, weren’t part of the political or economic elite. There are both benefits and problems because of this. More later.
Our state of relative obscurity is about to change. In 16 months we’ll mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. For a brief time a spotlight will be turned on Lutherans in this country and around the world. Documentaries will be produced and aired, seminars will be held and, particularly if
Oct. 31, 2017, is a slow news day, the media is going to seek us out and ask us to explain ourselves. When the local newspaper, radio or TV station comes knocking on our door, what are we going to say?
In our churchwide conversation about priorities for the ELCA (elca.org/future), we have been asking what it means to be Lutheran. We aren’t as good as we could be about giving a clear answer to that question. We speak about grace, about our work in advocacy, about the relief and development work we do, about our inclusiveness and diversity—though I believe these last two are more aspirational than actual—about our ecumenical and interreligious dialogues and relationships. These are true and beautiful and important. They are not exclusively Lutheran.
Many religious and secular organizations are deeply committed to serving the vulnerable and working for justice and peace. The ELCA couldn’t engage in ecumenical and interreligious partnerships if there were no ecumenical or interreligious partners. What is distinctive
about us then?
When trying to define Lutheran identity we sometimes default to cultural types—northern and central European heritage, a certain kind of hymnody, even standard entrees at church dinners. I’m not dismissing the faithful witness of the millions of Lutheran immigrants who left Europe to start a new life on this continent. They built churches and hospitals and universities. They cared for the poor, the widow and the orphan.
They also lived in close-knit ethnic communities that, at first, helped maintain the Lutheran confessional movement. That is the benefit I noted above. The problem is that the Lutheran movement in this country has become overidentified with a particular cultural expression.
If we manage to not describe ourselves by a particular culture, we have the tendency of describing Lutheranism as a set of behaviors—we are inclusive, we work for justice, we stand with the vulnerable, we are an inviting church. Please, God, let it be so.
But the danger is we can slip into what scholasticism called “fides formata.” Today we might say faith formation: not in the sense of a living faith that has first been given as a gift, but that correct action leads to faith. Either of these expressions—cultural or behavioral—can result in what Martha Stortz, a professor at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, calls the “presumptive we” that leads to the “othering you.” Those in the majority assume their experience is universal and those outside of that experience aren’t fully part of the tradition.
Neither culture nor behavior define what is distinctive about the Lutheran movement. It’s our understanding of the gospel. The gospel word creates faith. The gospel word is judgment and promise. Faith created by this gospel word sets people free to serve the neighbor. The church’s proper work is to proclaim the gospel word. You know, in the end, it’s all about God’s fierce and tender love that drives us to the cross, and there, at the very point of death, gives us life. The world deserves to hear the gospel—when the spotlight is
on us, and when it is not.
A monthly message from the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Her email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. This article first appeared in Living Lutheran’s July issue. Reprinted with permission.
Honduras Special Announcement!
We are pleased to announce that Rolando Antonio Ortez Martinez will be ordained into the pastoral ministry of Word and Sacrament this Sunday, May 29 at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Pastor Roland is an outstanding leader in our Companion Synod, Iglesia Cristiana Luterana de Honduras. He has spent the past five years in seminary in Brazil, and is currently serving as Pastor of three congregations in Honduras: Luz del Mundo (Light of the World) in La Canada, Cristo Liberador (Christ the Liberator) in San Nicholas, Olancho, and El Senor es mi Pastor (The Lord Is My Shepherd) in Tegucigalpa. Representing the Northeastern Minnesota Synod at the ordination are pastor Jan Mehlhoff and Pastor Joan Gunderman.
Pastors Mehlhoff and Gunderman will also support Kinder Dr. Martin Lutero in La Canada. This is the kindergarten that our Synod supports.
As part of their trip they will also assist Josefina Santos in conducting a water filter workshop, also supported by our Synod.
Thank you for your prayers for our brothers and sisters in Honduras!
Lutheran Social Services Groundbreaking
As the synod’s pastor, Bishop Aitken is available in his role as teacher to do presentations in congregations. He is especially eager to be scheduled for “clusters” of congregations. He may be booked for Sunday mornings, week nights, youth or adult forums etc. on the following topics:
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