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ELCA presiding bishop praises Supreme Court decision on LGBTQIA+ rights - June 24, 2020

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has issued a statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 15 ruling that employment discrimination on the basis of a worker’s sexual orientation or gender identity is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “The court’s decision is an important recognition of equal protection under […]

Freed to ask difficult questions - April 8, 2022

Several years ago I was having an over-the-fence conversation with my neighbor. My garden lay at the edge of my property line, and her children’s play set stood at the edge of hers, so we’d exchange chitchat now and again as neighbors do. On this afternoon, she peeked over the pickets and said somewhat breathlessly, […]

I’m a Lutheran: Michelle H. Martin - March 18, 2022

Ballard First Lutheran Church, Seattle Beverly Cleary Endowed Professor in Children and Youth Services and chair of the library and information science program at the University of Washington, Seattle; co-founder and board chair, Camp Read-a-Rama; church violinist and vocalist; Girl Scout troop leader I grew up in a Baptist church in South Carolina. My husband […]

Mental health and the church - March 10, 2022

Revealing a life with mental illness requires either a lot of trust or a lot of exhaustion, or a combination of both. The symptoms and experiences of my own life with mental illness is complexified by my faith. Belief is the favored Christian prescription for mental illness. Pills? Heck no; just prayer! Anxiety? Cast it […]

Thy kingdom come - December 1, 2021

Each September, ELCA congregations are invited to live their faith by serving others on “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. Lutherans across this church gather donations, paint, clean, prepare meals and more. In essence, we’re responding to the gospel call to “prepare the way of the Lord.” Our acts of service flow from faith in the […]

Harvest ground - October 8, 2021

It’s harvest season in various parts of the United States. I’m mindful of a parable Jesus shares about a harvest where the crops were infiltrated by weeds. Jesus compares the kindom of God to a farmer who sows good seed in his field. While everyone is sleeping, the enemy creeps in and sows weeds in […]

“Do you see God in me?” - September 13, 2021

With a global pandemic, a tumultuous election and social justice issues coming to the fore over the past year, many have found themselves engaged in difficult conversations with family, friends, parishioners and even total strangers. These discussions can sometimes be productive, but they can also lead to hurt feelings, misunderstandings and disagreements. “Things have gotten […]

Perspective: Addressing dehumanization - September 9, 2021

“Human beings don’t mind hardship; in fact, they thrive on it. What they mind is not feeling necessary.” ―Sebastian Junger, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging Data shows that suicide and factors increasing the risk of it are one of the most significant health issues in the United States today. Research on suicide reveals the importance […]

Vocation and full personhood - July 16, 2021

Editor’s update: Brenda Bos was installed as bishop of the Southwest California Synod Sept. 12, 2021, at Angelica Lutheran Church in Los Angeles. Many bishops have had interesting and varied career paths to their current calls. But most of those paths don’t travel through Hollywood. Brenda Bos of Glendale, Calif., was elected June 5 to serve […]

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