Practicing Resurrection: Experiencing Vitality

Congregational vitality is growing in transforming, life-giving relationships with God, with one another, in our congregations, and with our communities for the sake of God’s mission through the death and resurrection of Jesus for the sake of the world. This definition inspires and guides Practicing Resurrection Experiencing Vitality. The name given for a new synod […]

A Statement from the ELCA Synod Bishops of Minnesota

In the church’s way of telling time January is the season of Epiphany, when Christians remember the Magi—travelers from the east who followed a star to the infant Jesus. Not by accident these mysterious wayfarers are often depicted as reflecting the wondrous diversity of the whole world. The Christ child is thus honored as Lord […]

A Letter to God’s People of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA

January 1, 2018 Festival of the Name of Jesus   Dear Servants of Christ, Greetings as we begin this New Year of God’s grace. May 2018 bring you abundant joy, renewed hope in Christ, and rich opportunities to serve God’s mission in the world! Today I am pleased to announce some wonderful news. A generous […]

On Keeping Christmas Well: A Meditation

For the PDF version, click here. “…And it was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us Every One!” (Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol[1]) […]

2017 Synod Assembly Recap

On June 9-10, 2017 the Northwestern Minnesota Synod Assembly took place at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Under the theme, “Risky Business: Always Reforming,” 425 voting members and 44 visitors and presenters gathered to observe the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, celebrate “risk-taking” Lutherans throughout history, and ponder what kinds of bold risks God might […]