May 16, 2018

Historic Bishop Elections: ‘There is Room at the Table’

“I came into the church during an era of ‘You’re welcome to come, but leave your baggage and all of your gifts, all the things you bring, at the door,’ ” Bishop-elect Patricia A. Davenport tells Living Lutheran magazine for a profile of the ELCA’s first two African-American woman bishops. “So this (election) says to...

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May 16, 2018

Bishop Eaton Responds to Gaza Situation

In a pastoral message, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton says “I am appalled and saddened by (Monday’s) escalation of Israeli military action against protestors in Gaza.” At least 60 Palestinians, including six children, have died and thousands injured in the violence. The ELCA “will support a planned medical mission from The Lutheran World Federation’s...

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May 14, 2018

Give Input on ‘Women and Justice’ Statement

What should the ELCA say about Sexism? The Southeastern PA and New Jersey Synods invite you to a hearing to comment on the text of the “Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice” on Sunday, May 20, from 4-6 pm, at United Lutheran Seminary Brossman Center in Philadelphia. The hearing is a vital step in the development...

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May 6, 2018

Patricia Davenport Elected Bishop

Pastor Patricia A. Davenport was elected the next Bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Saturday, May 5, at Franconia Mennonite Church. Pastor Davenport is the first African-descent woman to be elected a bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. On the fourth ballot, Bishop-elect Davenport, currently our...

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February 28, 2018

Anti-Racism Team Making a Difference

For Such a Time as This logo When “T,” a single African professional, and her children experienced mistreatment in their neighborhood and middle school in Havertown, a colleague — Chase Ferguson, a member of the synod’s Anti Racism Team (ART) — connected her with nearby Temple Lutheran Church. After Pastor Tim Johansen told “T”’s story in a sermon, the congregation wrote and...

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May 17, 2018

ULS Names Acting President

On May 16, the United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) Board of Trustees unanimously approved Dr. Richard Green as interim president. He will begin his duties on June 1st. “Dr. Green brings to United Lutheran Seminary a record of accomplishments in higher education that have supported transitional and transformation needs of a variety of institutions, especially in faith-based...

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May 16, 2018

Lutheran Night at Phillies Tix Still Available

Attention all Lutheran Churches and Lutheran Families… Tickets for Lutheran Night at the Phillies, June 8, 2018, are still available.  They can be purchased  either as a group or a family at any location in the stadium.  You can purchase tickets for any amount. To place and order contact Jen Leone at the Phillies at 215.218.5112. ...

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May 16, 2018

FREE Video Course on Sexual Misconduct

Through May 28, ChurchNext.tv is offering a FREE class on sexual misconduct. As we know, #MeToo is changing America – as the veil has been lifted. From Hollywood to Wall Street to Main Street, stories of sexual misconduct that have long oppressed women and protected men, are coming to light. In this class, Lutheran-raised, respected...

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May 16, 2018

Join Women of the ELCA Ingathering June 2

There is still time to participate in the SEPA Women of the ELCA annual ingathering on June 2. (Learn more.) Congregations are invited to bring quilts and kits to the Biennial Convention of the Synodical Women of the ELCA, being held at Messiah Lutheran Church, 46 W. Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown, PA 19335 on Saturday, June...

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May 16, 2018

Explore ‘We Are Church’ Emphases

Familiar with Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s four emphases for the ELCA? There is a free Bible study available to dig deeper into them using the Book of Faith study methods. It is co-authored by the Revs. Marcus Kunz and Susan M. Lang, a pastor in the SEPA Synod. Summer is a great time to discuss: We...

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