“Sanctuary” means different things to different people. Perhaps that is a strength that can be brought to the ELCA’s self-designation as a “sanctuary church.” Individuals, congregations and synods are able to determine for themselves how best to live as a “sanctuary church” in ways that fit their context, mission, values and self-understanding of the gospel’s messages. How will you and your congregation respond?

Download a study guide for “Sacred hospitality: What does it mean to be a sanctuary denomination?” which appeared in Living Lutheran‘s May 2020 print issue. The guide includes six pages of discussion questions and a copy of the article.

Robert C. Blezard
Robert C. Blezard is pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, Md., and editor of Living Lutheran's study guides. Previously he served as an assistant to the bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod.

Read more about: