The Rev. Lowell G. Almen, bishop of the Grand Canyon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of the Catholic Tucson Diocese, signed an ecumenical statement on October 20, noting this 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation. The statement calls attention to two
Headlines and news bulletins have focused on decisions in Washington, D.C., regarding “Dreamers,” that is the program of “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA). The program was established by a presidential executive order after legislation did not pass Congress to address various immigration issues, including the status of persons who were brought into the U.S.
Wild storms and rampaging fires besiege our own country and the world. Those who are dealing with disasters directly are overwhelmed either with preparing for coming storms or fires or cleaning up and recovering from current and past storms and fires. Those safe from disasters are also overwhelmed by images of destruction and loss and
Confidence Amid Change “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith…” Hebrews 12:1-2a. Our forebears in
“The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ ” (Mark 6:30-31) I just spent two days sharing time with middle-schoolers, adult leaders and pastors at Lutheran Campfirmation in Payson. It is amazing
“Fools are headstrong and do what they like; wise people take advice.” (Proverbs 12:15) In less than 30 days, voting members from across the synod will gather at Love of Christ Lutheran Church, Mesa, Ariz., to focus on the theme “Hearing the Call to Lead.” The assembly will be able to listen to current seminarians
“Do this in memory of me.” “It is finished.” “He is not here. He is risen!” These three phrases help me to frame what is core to our Holy Week and Easter proclamation. Through bread and wine shared we join those first followers of Jesus. We remember and we receive what only God can offer;
“It is the Lord who goes before you. The Lord will be with you; the Lord will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 On Sunday, March 12, 2017 the members of Love of Christ Lutheran Church, Mesa, AZ, voted to extend me the call to serve as their
Within a few short weeks Spring Training will be alive and well in the Grand Canyon Synod. As this annual tradition of Major League Baseball players and fans descend into our midst, I find myself thinking about the amount of resources that are invested and poured into the development of prospects and talent for each
Dear Friends in Christ, As we begin a new year and enter the season of Epiphany, I want to encourage all of us in ways we might follow the example of the early disciples by listening to Jesus extend the invitation to “follow.” The power of invitation is evident as Jesus preaches, teaches and heals.