Category: Communications

October 31, 2022

SEPA Anti-Racism Team’s next educational event for Rostered Ministers

The SEPA Anti-Racism Team’s next educational event for rostered ministers is coming soon. The event follows the team’s new format: • One 90-minute Zoom meeting to introduce the curriculum on January 12, 2023, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. • Personal Engagement with Historical Context Modules: January 12-March 8, 2023. Participants will receive a link to these modules and may complete them at their own convenience. • One in-person day-long final session covering Connections and Conversationson March 9, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30...

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October 18, 2022

How Do We Respond to Christian Nationalism?

The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields will host a Zoom presentation and dialogue on Tuesday, November 1 at 7 pm with Dr. Philip Gorski, a sociologist at Yale University, and co-author of the new book “The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy.” “For anyone who is concerned about the...

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October 17, 2022

Be Cautious With Suspicious Emails

This is your occasional reminder that if an email looks “funny” it most certainly is. It is not unusual for spammers to make emails look like they were sent by leaders, such as our Bishop. It is in fact quite easy for someone to make their sender name your boss, your pastor, or even your...

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October 11, 2022

5 Things to Know About Mission Support

We are grateful for your support of ministries here in Southeastern Pennsylvania, across the country, and around the globe through Mission Support. In a new video, the Rev. Karen Sease, assistant to the bishop, shares five things that you need to know about how these gifts are used. You can share this video with leaders...

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September 20, 2022

MinistryLink News for September 20, 2022

Download Word version Pray, Give in Response to Hurricane Fiona Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sep. 18 – five years after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. A Category 1 storm, Fiona caused an island-wide blackout and brought catastrophic flooding, with some areas receiving more than 20 inches of rain. After hitting Puerto...

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September 13, 2022

Blessing of the Backpacks Sept. 18

Bishop Patricia Davenport invites you to our Synodical Offices at ULS for a special Back to School Event. Join us as Bishop blesses each student and their backpack/lunchbox/devices used for school. We’ll have some fun games, soft pretzels and water ice, too. The event is Sunday, September 18 from 2-4pm – RAIN OR SHINE. To...

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August 20, 2022

2022 Churchwide Assembly Summary

The 2022 ELCA Churchwide Assembly convened in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 8-12, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Gathering under the theme, Embody the Word, voting members participated in plenaries and worship while acting on key legislative business and hearing reports on the work of the church. Imran Siddiqui was elected to a six-year term as...

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August 13, 2022

ELCA elects Siddiqui as vice president

Imran Siddiqui, a senior investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor, was elected vice president of the ELCA on Thursday, Aug. 11, becoming the first Asian American elected to the national post. His six-year term will begin Nov. 1, replacing interim Vice President Carlos Peña, who himself took on the role after the unexpected passing...

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July 7, 2022

E-News for July 7, 2022—7-7-22—Where-are-the-safe-spaces–Generosity-Workshop-beginning-in-August.html?soid=1101692935023&aid=TL57yYRcT24        

June 13, 2022

Assembly Day of Service 2022

April 23rd marked the first ever Assembly Day of Service.  SEPA Synod members had the opportunity to serve at ten different locations all around our Synod.  These sites were planned in conjunction with volunteer leaders and SEPA Synod Deans to spotlight just a few of the numerous important ministries happening every day all around our Synod. ...

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June 6, 2022

E-News for June 3, 2022


June 3, 2022

Mrs. Curtis Honored for Service

In May, the Church of God in Christ honored Mrs. Yvonne Curtis, our synod’s director of operations, for her years of excellence serving as executive assistant to four former and current bishops of our synod. Congratulations! One of those bishops, the Rev. Roy Almquist, compared the work of an executive assistant to the role Aaron...

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May 26, 2022

E-News May 26, 2022

How Long, O Lord? God, our hearts are broken, again and again, by the scourge of gun violence in our nation. Buffalo. Laguna Beach. Deadly weekends on the streets of Philadelphia. Now the massacre of 19 elementary school students in Uvalde, Texas. God, comfort that families that are grieving right now. God, make us angry...

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May 20, 2022

Pastoral Message on Buffalo Racially-Motivated Killings

“Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored?” —Jeremiah 8:22 Our hearts grieve for those who have been killed and our souls cry out against more lives lost to the hatred birthed by racism. As we mourn those lives lost...

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May 19, 2022

Heeding God’s Call Statement on Mass Shootings

Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence is a partner in the work of addressing gun violence in our communities: Philadelphia: Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence (Heeding), the statewide faith-based organization devoted to reducing and preventing gun violence called for prayer for all those taken by gun murder in Buffalo and Geneva, for...

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April 14, 2022

Bishop: “Lead With the Love of Christ”

Bishop Davenport offered words of inspiration and challenge in her sermon at the 2022 Chrism service yesterday, based on Ephesians 5:1-2: Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. “The Apostle Paul encourages us...

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April 13, 2022

MinistryLink News for April 13

The April 13 newsletter includes: Bishop: “Lead With the Love of Christ” Easter Message from Bishop Eaton Philadelphia Reinstates Mask Mandate Synod Assembly Updates … and more Read online Download PDF with live links: MinistryLink 41322

April 12, 2022

Philadelphia Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate

Updated: April 12, 2022 From WPVI: Philadelphia health officials have reinstated the mandate for masks at indoor public places effective April 18. See more:   From WPVI: “Philadelphia health officials are warning people that there could be a new wave of COVID-19 infections. “Even though COVID cases remain low in Philadelphia, health officials are now...

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March 31, 2022

Souper Bowl a Big Deal in Delco

You think the Super Bowl is a big deal?  In Springfield, Delco, the SOUPer Bowl is a big deal! Launched by youth in Columbia, South Carolina in 1990, the movement to ask people to donate a can of food or a cash donation on Super Bowl Sunday has spread across the nation. (See “Souper Bowl...

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February 28, 2022

Pastors Suah-Dennis, Penman Appointed Co-Directors of Evangelical Mission

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Moses Suah-Dennis and the Rev. Bryan Penman as co-directors of evangelical mission. Dr. Suah-Dennis is pastor of Faith-Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Lansdown. Rev. Penman is pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Conshohoken. They will continue to serve their congregations...

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