Office of the Bishop
Bishop’s Note 30 March 2023
Michael LozanoMar 30, 2023, 3:08 PM (13 days ago)
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Ø Barbara Keller is leading a one hour zoom seminar on “How to Work with Sex Offenders in Your Congregation.” for rostered ministers in our synod on Thursday April 27th at Noon. Participants who have additional questions can remain on zoom to ask questions. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cash prize is $2500 in each of four categories:
• First degree seminarian
• M.A./PH. D graduate student
• Post-Graduate: Pastor, Layperson, and/or Faculty member
• Amateur Historian
Papers are to be in the field of history dealing with some aspect of Lutheranism in America.
Paper should be 25-35 pages in length, double spaced using Turabian Manual or Chicago Manual of Style. Submission deadline is 30 September 2023.
The competition is sponsored by the Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic.
Other Continuing Education Opportunities:
United Lutheran Seminary:
Here’s the upcoming events schedule:
SUMMER PROGRAMMING IS HERE!
Walking Together as Synod:
Synod Council Three Year Term 2023-2026
Clarion/Forest/Venango/Warren Conference: Lay Leader
Cameron/Elk/McKean/Potter Conference: Rostered Leader
Crawford/Mercer Conference: Lay Leader
Erie Conference: Rostered Leader
Indiana/Jefferson Conference: Lay Leader
Congregations in Transition:
Ministry Site Profile (MSP) Activity Log:
The following congregations’ MSPs are listed based on date of activation:
Clarion-Venango-Warren Conference: Rev. Jeff Ewing and Dennis Yarian
Cameron-Elks-McKean-Potter Conference: Rev. Stephen Fair and Rob Sundberg
Crawford-Mercer Conference: Rev. Ben Travis and Anne Baver
Erie Conference: Rev. Kristen Papson and Jacque Holmberg
Indiana - Jefferson Conference: Rev. Tedd Cougar and Beth Grafton
While in the Holy Land in January I and 16 other ELCA bishops and staff walked a portion of the traditional route of Jesus’ entrance into the city of Jerusalem on what we call Palm Sunday. The route starts on the Mount of Olives and looks out over the Kidron Valley towards the Old or Walled city of Jerusalem.
From where we started our walk we found ourselves surrounded by graves* and looking across the valley we could see the hillside covered also covered in graves. Hani, our guide, paused and said, “Do you recall the words of Luke?”
As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying,
“Blessed is the king
who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven,
and glory in the highest heaven!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.”
He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would cry out.”
Hani asked us, surrounded by so many graves, “What stones do you think would cry out?”
There was a collective “Ah ha!” moment as we heard anew the beginning of the passion narrative.
As we enter into the most holy of weeks I pray you all find yourselves experiencing the Good News anew.
Called to Serve,
*Hani noted that the portion of the Mount of Olives we were at historically is a gravesite because it is downwind of Jerusalem. Below are some pictures from the Holy Land. Hani setting the stage for our walk, and views across the valley to Jerusalem.
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