Register for convocation!

Step out of the whirlwind of the incredible demands of ministry today and step into rest, renewal, and spaciousness as we take inspiration from Saint Hildegard and receive and celebrate God's unconditional embrace. We will be leaning into spiritual practices throughout the retreat including sabbath,singing, community, art and movement. Join us!

Register here

As a friendly reminder, all active ministers on the Oregon Synod roster are expected to attend. Retired ministers are welcome! If you are an active minister and you will not be in attendance, please connect with Bishop Laurie.

How might I prepare for my own death? 
What are ways to be present, grounded,
and supportive as someone dies or grieves? 

Join with others from around the Oregon Synod as we learn more about the dying process itself, what happens shortly after death, and advance planning.  We'll also explore the legacies we want to leave, knowing our own grief, being present for others' grief, and related rituals.  This on-line course will meet on eight Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8pm (Pacific Time) beginning September 20. We'll be joined by several guest instructors with a depth of experience in chaplaincy, palliative care, and hospice.  The course is designed with a Lutheran lens and inclusive heart; all are welcome.  Course participants and/or their congregations are encouraged to donate, as they are able, on a sliding scale between $20-$160, but donations are not required to participate.  Register here.
October 16 is World Food Day and Hunger Sunday in the Oregon Synod. Your congregation is invited to celebrate Hunger Sunday by learning how we can get at the root causes of hunger and to creatively and courageously work toward a just world where all are fed. Please consider supporting ELCA World Hunger through a special offering. The Oregon Synod Hunger team will be providing service materials and Bishop Laurie will be supplying a recorded sermon. Materials will be available the first weekend in October, the sermon the second weekend in October. 
Update from Oregon Synod Disaster Team (Sarah Loose, Charlene Larsen, John Core, and Jan Wierima)

Wildfire season is here. Many communities are either being impacted by wildfires and smoke or may soon be in the path of both. Make your evacuation plan and be ready to evacuate wherever you are if the need arises.  The Oregon Department of Emergency Management website has a wealth of practical information on how to make an evacuation plan and a Go Bag for people and pets. For more information and help reach out to the team by email or call Jan at (503) 318-8145. We are here to help! 

At this time, we especially want to send our prayers to those in Southern and Central Oregon who are impacted or in the path of possible impact and to those who have been impacted in the past and are suffering trauma from the smell of smoke or images on the news.  
Contemplative Action Cohorts Forming Now! Thriving Leadership Formation (TLF) is currently recruiting leaders and participants for fall cohorts. The goal of the Contemplative Action Cohorts is to foster and equip spiritual leaders for new models of ministry and church. These small groups are communities of practice, learning and friendship… places for you and others to form meaningful relationships built on trust. TLF offers synod cohorts (11 synods within ELCA Regions 1&2) and at large cohorts (organized around a particular group or theme). Click here if you are interested in joining a cohort

TLF is also seeking individuals to serve as cohort leaders. Leaders will receive training in spiritual practices, implement a guided curriculum, and gain access to other leadership opportunities and support and receive a $2,000 stipend. Position description. If you are interested in leading a cohort, click here.
ELCA Churchwide Assembly Pre-event: “Embody the Word” Bible study sessions. 
ELCA Fund for Leaders (FFL) 25th Anniversary and August 16 Day of Giving. You can help celebrate by lifting up this important ministry in your congregation on Sunday, Aug. 14. 

Encouraging Faith Communities to Vote. Join Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) Board Chair Rev. Dr. Gerald L. Durley; IPL Board member Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb; and Islamic Organization of North America Imam and President Mustapha Elturk on Tuesday, August 9 at 12 pm PT for a discussion about encouraging our faith communities to vote by offering sermons, divrei Torah, and khutbahs on the importance of voting. They'll also share nonpartisan resources to help you in developing these messages to encourage the members of your faith community to vote.

Byberg is back!! The annual preaching workshop is scheduled for January 23-25 in Seaside, Oregon.

The 2023 main speaker will be Rev. Traci Blackmon, the associate general minister of justice & local church ministries for The United Church of Christ and senior pastor of Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO. Rev. Blackmon is a powerful preacher who was recently featured at the Festival of Homiletics. She also has extensive pastoral experience on the national stage helping communities of color, and our nation as a whole, work through the strong social and institutional challenges and weaknesses that have brought us to this time of intense partisan turmoil.

Also!  Contemplative musician and composer, Br. Stefan Andre Waligur, is onboard to be our chaplain and musician. He was classically trained at the New England Conservatory, graduated from Eastern Theological Seminary, did post-graduate work in Ireland and Scotland, and had a life changing visit to the Taize Community in France. His music for congregational singing uses American rhythms, Celtic melodies and the call and response style of Indian Kirtan.

For more information visit:

Nominate young adult (under 30) delegates to the upcoming 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, November 6-18, with in-person and hybrid options for participation. COP27 aims to empower young Lutherans to act meaningfully for climate justice as people of faith and strengthen youth leadership across the Lutheran World Federation. Learn more here. Nominations close on August 15.

Presented by Pr. Terry Moe and Peggy Lindquist, this one-day retreat in Mt. Angel. $65 includes lunch. To register, call Benedictine Sisters, 503 845-2556 or send a check to Benedictine Sisters, 840 S. Main St., Mt. Angel, OR 97362, Attn: Sr. Dorothy Jean, by September 21. Flyer.

Aug 6-7: ELCA Conference of Bishops

Aug 8-12: ELCA Churchwide Assembly

Sept 11: Registration for Bishop's Convocation closes

Sept 12: God's Work Our Hands Sunday

Sept 17: Synod Council Meeting

Oct 16: Hunger Sunday

Oct 17-19: Bishop's Convocation in Newport, Oregon

Nov. 14-17: First Call Theological Education

January 23-25: Byberg Preaching Conference

May 20: Online Synod Assembly
For everyone attending Churchwide Assembly in Ohio, including the Oregon Synod delegation.

For Pr. Jane Baker, her husband Barry and the saints of Atonement Lutheran
as the two of them settle into Newport AND deal with a new cancer diagnosis. Their new address is: P.O. Box 974 | Newport OR 97365

For everyone who's lives have been affected by the epidemic of gun violence. 

For the people of Ukraine, and for all those who suffer during war.

For all the Ukrainian refugees and those sheltering them, including our sister synod The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland.
Go and do God's work!
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