June 29, 2015

Bishop’s Reflection on Marriage Equality

Bishop Headshot Small Last Friday’s Supreme Court decision striking down bans against same-sex marriage “knocks the power out of long-standing assumptions that most but not all people are equal,” Bishop Claire Burkat writes in a pastoral message. “For our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, as well as all those who have worked for marriage equality here in...

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June 26, 2015

Tanzania Diocese Celebrates 125th

ned_emblem Congratulations to our companion Synod, the North Eastern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, on its 125th Jubilee, to be celebrated in early July. On June 30 Bishop Burkat and Assistant to the Bishop Joanne Carlson leave for Tanzania, where the bishop will preach at the Jubilee worship service on July 6. Please...

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June 19, 2015

PA Bishops Support Anti-Discrimination Bill

ELCAStacked Harrisburg, PA — The seven Pennsylvania bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America released a letter June 18 in support of legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Public Relations Act to prohibit discrimination in areas of employment, housing and public accommodation on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity or...

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June 17, 2015

Updates on Background Check Requirements

keystone2 Under the state’s new child protection laws, pastors, staff and volunteers who are responsible for or have direct contact with children must have current background checks. Checks must be in place July 1 for employees and for new volunteers approved after July 1. Current volunteers have until July 1, 2016 or three years from the...

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June 4, 2015

2015 Assembly Highlights

15highlightpro At the 2015 Assembly, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod articulated a new vision for what it means for the Synod, congregations and leaders to move Forward Together in Faith and launched a three-year capital appeal to allow us to live into that vision. The Assembly also heard that congregations’ mission support increased for the second year...

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June 25, 2015

A Day of Repentance and Mourning

ELCA Service of Repentance and Mourning “As we mourn and remember” the six Christian martyrs murdered at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston last week, “it is also a time to repent of the sin of racism that continues to plague our nation and our church,” Bishop Burkat wrote in a pastoral message June 25. She joined Presiding Bishop Eaton’s call...

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June 25, 2015

Charleston Day of Repentance and Mourning June 28

ELCA Service of Repentance and Mourning In a public statement following a shooting that claimed the lives of nine people at a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C., the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), called for a “day of repentance and mourning.” Local authorities called the killing racially motivated. In a June...

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June 24, 2015

Affected by the June 23 Storms?

LDR-EPA-Logo Congregations in areas hard hit by Tuesday’s major summer storms can consider assisting their communities in the following ways: Checking on people in communities without power and directing them to foodbanks for food, as food is spoiling quickly without refrigeration in the heat. If your congregation has power, inviting members of the community in as...

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June 19, 2015

ELCA Leaders Express Grief Over SC Shootings

ELCAStacked CHICAGO (ELCA) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), released a statement June 18 in response to a shooting where nine people were killed at a historic African American church in Charleston, S.C. Local authorities are calling the killing racially motivated. “It has been a long season...

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June 15, 2015

Save Dates for Bishop’s Convocation

Official Documents Save the dates! This year’s Bishop’s Convocation will be held November 18 – 20, 2015 (Wednesday through Friday) at Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Conference Center, 101 Doe Mountain Lane, Macungie, PA 18062.  (Not to be confused with the Camp in Northeastern PA Synod.) “Thinking outside the walls: Surprising spaces to be the church” will feature Bryan Berghoef and...

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