Las Vegas: One Year Later

A Reflection In this past year since the horrific events that took place in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 1st, I have had time to process and reflect on those events and the time that I spent with the chaplains, some staff, and others who knew victims of the shooting, and who dealt with the

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“Separated Children”

Lutherans and other Christians throughout this nation and the world are deeply troubled by the images of children, including infants and the very young, being separated from their mothers and fathers at the border. I want you to know the Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and advocacy staff

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“…. to pray for my people”

The congregation’s seventy-fifth anniversary was to be a time to remember and give thanks. Clearly, some major changes were on the way, including the need for a merger with a neighboring congregation. The details of that would wait until the congregation had time to thank God for the courage of their immigrant forebears and the

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“Looking Ahead”

  Vivid moments of history are unfolding these days in the Grand Canyon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.   When the thirty-first annual Synod Assembly ended on Saturday, June 16, we embarked immediately on weeks of preparation for transition in the bishop’s office.   Mark your calendar : The installation of the sixth

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“Countdown: Four Weeks to Assembly”

Countdown: Four Weeks to Assembly   On Thursday, June 14, the Thirty-First Annual Assembly of the Grand Canyon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will begin at 6:45 p.m.   Voting members from the 89 congregations of this synod – along with pastors and deacons – will gather for the Service of Holy

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“Calling All Assembly Voting Members”

  The thirty-first annual assembly of the Grand Canyon Synod will convene on Thursday, June 14, in Resurrection Lutheran Church, Oro Valley, just north of Tucson. But before the assembly, we have important work to do together.     Voting members of the assembly from the 89 congregations of this synod will prepare for the assembly

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“Time of Testing”

Time of Testing  “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Paul, on his final journey to Jerusalem, stopped to visit the leaders of the Church at Ephesus. He reminded them that “we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed

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“Countdown”

Countdown In five months, the voting members from the 89 congregations of the Grand Canyon Synod will gather for the thirty-first annual assembly. We will meet June 14-16 at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Oro Valley, Arizona. A key assembly decision will be the calling of the sixth bishop of this synod. Work is under way

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“Messy Praying”

Messy praying The most ragged part of worship in many congregations occurs in the transition into praying the Lord’s Prayer. Some worship leaders launch into the prayer and expect the congregation to catch up by the second or third petition. A few say, “Let’s say together the Lord’s Prayer,” as if the congregation is being

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Ecumenical Statement for the Healing of Memories

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

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