February 21, 2018

Bring Your Leaders to Vibrant Faith Summit

SEPA Synod and Brave New Church present the Vibrant Faith Summit April 12-14, hosted at Reformation Lutheran Church in Media. Join the Vibrant Faith team and fellow faith formation leaders in three days of learning and living into the how-to’s of transforming relationships, digital engagement, and adaptive leadership for strategic, transformational ministry in the 21st...

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January 26, 2018

Assembly, Bishop Election May 4-5

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod will elect a new bishop at its 2018 Synod Assembly May 4-5 at Franconia Mennonite Church in Telford. Congregations are allowed at least one lay male and one lay female voting member. In addition, congregations may have an additional youth/young adult lay member. Registration material will be available shortly. Information about...

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January 24, 2018

Council Officers’ Gathering March 17

All congregation council officers are invited to join Bishop Burkat and Vice President Tracey Beasley, and other synod leaders on Saturday, March 17, 8:30 to 11 am, at United Lutheran Seminary’s Brossman Center. Council officers are invited to hear an update on the upcoming Synod Assembly and Bishop Election, and learn about the latest resources...

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February 21, 2018

ELCA Response to Florida Shooting

Lifting prayers for the “inconsolable loved ones” and “those terrorized by what took place” at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Ash Wednesday, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton, in a message to the church, says that prayer and lament alone won’t solve the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our nation. “We acknowledge our own...

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February 21, 2018

Do Black Churches Matter in the ELCA?

Do you look around your church and wonder about the lack of diversity? Do you hope for the day when the Body of Christ will reflect the fullness of God’s creation? Take a provocative look at these questions at a screening of “Do Black Churches Matter in the ELCA?” Sunday, March 4, 7 pm, at...

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February 21, 2018

Water and the Word Create New Life

In 1523, Martin Luther wrote his Little Book of Baptism. In it, he added something he called “the flood prayer” to the baptism liturgy. In this prayer, we give thanks for all the ways God has used water and for God’s promise to bring about new life. The prayer also connects the newly baptized person...

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February 7, 2018

ELCA Presiding Bishop to Join Rally to End Racism

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will join ecumenical and inter-religious partners for Act Now: Unite to End Racism April 3-5 in Washington, D.C. The focus of the three-day event will be...

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February 5, 2018

Philly Beats New England in Hunger Challenge

E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES! Yo! Philly fans. Thanks to you not only are the Birds Super Bowl Champions, but #ELCATeamPhilly took home the 2018 ELCA World Hunger Synod Challenge. In total, nearly $36,000 was raised for ELCA World Hunger. Despite a late push by Team New England, Team Philadelphia came out ahead with a total of $18,700...

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