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    • Timothy Smith reelected bishop of the ELCA North Carolina Synod June 14, 2021
      ​CHICAGO ― The Rev. Timothy M. Smith was reelected June 3 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly.Smith was reelected on the first ballot, with 289 votes. A total of 268 votes was […]
    • Paula Schmitt elected bishop of ELCA Allegheny Synod June 14, 2021
      ​CHICAGO  — The Rev. Paula J. Schmitt, Latrobe, Pa., was elected June 5 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Allegheny Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly.Schmitt was elected on the fifth ballot, with 121 votes. The Rev. Scott Klimke, pastor […]
    • Brenda Bos elected bishop of ELCA Southwest California Synod June 11, 2021
      ​CHICAGO — The Rev. Brenda Bos, Glendale, Calif., was elected June 5 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Bos will be the first openly lesbian bishop in the ELCA. The election took place during an online synod assembly.Bos was elected on […]
    • Lee Miller II elected bishop of ELCA Upstate New York Synod June 11, 2021
      ​CHICAGO — The Rev. Lee M. Miller II, Buffalo, N.Y., was elected June 5 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly.Miller was elected on the fifth ballot, with 157 votes. The Rev. Aileen […]
    • Megan Rohrer elected bishop of ELCA Sierra Pacific Synod May 10, 2021
      ​CHICAGO — The Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer (they/their), San Francisco, Calif., was elected May 8 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Rohrer is the first transgender bishop in the ELCA. The election took place during an online synod assembly.Rohrer was elected […]
    • Presiding Bishop issues statement on Mental Health Awareness May 7, 2021
      Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2 NRSV). Since the global pandemic was declared in March 2020, many of us have endured extended emotional and psychological anguish. That experience may be dramatically worsened by the ugly realities of racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia or poverty. Our anguish […]

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    • Job 37:1-13 June 19, 2021
      ​1"At this also my heart trembles, and leaps out of its place. 2Listen, listen to the thunder of his voice and the rumbling that comes from his mouth. 3Under the whole heaven he lets it loose, and his lightning to the corners of the earth. 4After it his voice roars; he thunders with his majestic […]
    • Ezekiel 31:1-12 June 14, 2021
      ​1In the eleventh year, in the third month, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me: 2Mortal, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his hordes: Whom are you like in your greatness? 3Consider Assyria, a cedar of Lebanon, with fair branches and forest shade, and of […]
    • 2 Corinthians 5:6-17 June 13, 2021
      ​Third Sunday after Pentecost6So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord — 7for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the […]
    • Mark 4:1-20 June 12, 2021
      1Again he began to teach beside the sea. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the sea and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. 2He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to […]
    • Matthew 10:7-16 June 11, 2021
      ​Barnabas, Apostle7As you go, proclaim the good news, 'The kingdom of heaven has come near.' 8Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. 9Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, 10no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or […]
    • Genesis 3:14-24 June 10, 2021
      14The Lord GOD said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; […]

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    • Ezekiel 31:1-12 June 14, 2021
      ​10Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Because it towered high and set its top among the clouds, and its heart was proud of its height, 11I gave it into the hand of the prince of the nations; he has dealt with it as its wickedness deserves. I have cast it out.
    • 2 Corinthians 5:6-17 June 13, 2021
      ​6So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord — 7for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
    • Mark 4:1-20 June 12, 2021
      ​10When he was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11And he said to them, "To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables;12in order that 'they may indeed look, but not perceive, and may indeed […]
    • Matthew 10:7-16 June 11, 2021
      ​7As you go, proclaim the good news, 'The kingdom of heaven has come near.' 8Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.
    • Genesis 3:14-24 June 10, 2021
      ​22Then the Lord GOD said, "See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever" — 23therefore the Lord GOD sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the […]
    • Isaiah 26:16--27:1 June 9, 2021
      ​20Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the wrath is past. 21For the LORD comes out from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will disclose the blood shed on it, and will no longer cover its […]