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    • Prayer ventures: May 28 May 28, 2022
      Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Saturday, May 28 Pray for the […]
      Andrea Kulik
    • Study guide: Gen Z and the church May 27, 2022
      Many congregational leaders are concerned that members of “Gen Z”—those born between 1997 and 2012—are dropping out of church life. Though leaders can take consolation knowing that the trend isn’t exclusive to the ELCA, but rather experienced across all denominations, it doesn’t prevent them from worrying about the future. But there are some helpful and […]
      Andrea Kulik
    • Prayer ventures: May 27 May 27, 2022
      Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Friday, May 27 “The Advocate, the […]
      Andrea Kulik
    • Pastoral care amid crisis May 27, 2022
      Instead of preaching inside pristine chapels, Ray Stubbe preached outside in foxholes. Instead of worrying about low attendance on Sunday morning, the 20-something chaplain conducted impromptu sermons to no more than seven at a time—mostly teens—who were hungry and a long way from home. More than 50 years have passed since Stubbe, now a retired […]
      John Potter
    • Study guide: Pastoral care May 26, 2022
      Ministry has never been an easy calling. There are long hours, sufficient but not especially great pay, and the responsibility not only for the souls of a congregation but often its everyday running. And with all churches generally in decline across the country, pastors often are unfairly saddled with the blame: “We would be OK […]
      Andrea Kulik
    • ELCA issues response to school shooting in Uvalde, Texas May 26, 2022
      The ELCA has issued a response following the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. “The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America grieves with the families of the 19 students and two teachers killed in Tuesday’s mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas,” the statement read, in part. “Mass shootings in this country over […]
      John Potter
    • Prayer ventures: May 26 May 26, 2022
      Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Thursday, May 26 Ascension Day  “Clap […]
      Andrea Kulik
    • A call into right relationship May 26, 2022
      Series editor’s note: Throughout 2022, “Deeper understandings” will feature biblical scholars sharing some of their favorite books of the Bible. Next month, Katherine A. Shaner will continue this theme. —Kathryn A. Kleinhans, dean of Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, on behalf of the ELCA’s seminaries Many passages inspire and some ask the […]
      Jim Jones
    • Where are the safe spaces? May 25, 2022
      “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more” (Matthew 2:18). A grocery store. A church. An elementary school. Buffalo. Laguna Woods. Uvalde. When I was a little boy, I was told about “safe spaces.” These were places you […]
      Megan Brandsrud
    • Paul Erickson reelected bishop of ELCA Greater Milwaukee Synod May 25, 2022
      Paul D. Erickson, Milwaukee, was reelected May 21 to a six-year term as bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the ELCA. The election was held during the synod assembly, May 20-21 at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. The assembly was also available online. The bishop was reelected on the fifth ballot, with 215 […]
      John Potter