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Registration for convocation is now closed. No registration will be available at the event. Refunds are available until 10/1 (after this time the dollars are committed to the hotel). 

Whiskey Tasting at Bishop's Convocation
"Sabbath in a Glass: An Introduction to Single Malt Scotch." Monday, October 17, 7-9:30 pm.

Our word "whiskey" comes from the Gaelic "Uisce Beatha", which means "Water of Life". In the Celtic tradition, whiskey is shared as an expression of hospitality and healing, peace and wholeness. It is to be savored and enjoyed with the utmost respect, gratitude and care. In the course of an hour and a half you will sample four wonderful single malt scotches with various finishes and age statements. (FYI, none will be peated or smokey). You will learn about some of the history, distilling and aging processes, and techniques for tasting and appreciating fine scotch. Your host, Scott Dunfee, is co-director of Celtic Spirit Northwest—a non-profit dedicated to promoting Celtic spirituality and culture—and he is enrolled with the Council of Whiskey Masters to be a Certified Scotch & Irish Whiskey Professional. Slainte'! (You'll learn what that means at the workshop!). Limited to 25 participants. $20 participation fee to cover costs (please bring cash or a check for Pr. Dunfee). Register here.
The Camp Lutherwood Oregon Board of Directors is calling a special meeting of the Camp Lutherwood Oregon Association on Sunday, October 2 from 4:30-5:30 pm on Zoom. This urgent meeting is being called to approve the purchase of 14.33 acres neighboring the east side of camp. A quorum of 5 congregations is required and each association congregation has one vote. Please share this announcement with your congregation and select a representative to attend the meeting.  Association congregations are those who have given financially to Camp Lutherwood Oregon in the past calendar year. ALL attendees register here. Please email the camp office or call 541-998-6444 if you have any questions.
Synod Leaders Quarterly Meetings
  • October 6, 1-2 pm. Administrators and secretaries with Synod Administrator Jemae McCanna. Registration link
  • November 15, 5-6 pm. Musicians will meet to discuss Advent/Christmas plans. Meeting link
October 16 is World Food Day and Hunger Sunday. The Oregon Synod Hunger team will be providing service materials and Bishop Laurie will be supplying a recorded sermon. Materials will be available by the first weekend in October, the sermon by October 12.
A Declaration of the ELCA to the Jewish Community: Preaching and Teaching with Love and Respect for the Jewish People. 
In developing this guide for living out our faith in Jesus Christ “with love and respect for the Jewish people,” we have become more aware of the ways in which the church’s legacy of negative attitudes toward the Jewish community relates to wider patterns of relationship to others. The guide points to habits of awareness, caution and discernment that we can develop to support efforts to portray Jews and Judaism more accurately and to relate to the Jewish community more graciously
The "ELCA Guidelines for Ministry in a Multi-Religious World” are a helpful starting place for our interreligious relationships. In times of tragedy or community celebration, we engage not only with other Lutherans and other Christians but also with our interreligious partners. These guidelines were called for as part of “A Declaration of Inter-Religious Commitment,” adopted at the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, and are consistent with the church’s policy as expressed in the declaration. A recent blog post gives additional context.
Resourceful Servants: Grants for COVID emergencies. God's mission in the world is served when vibrant leaders receive support in their ministry with vital communities. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many congregational leaders used up savings they'd built up or had difficulty making payments on their homes, utilities, transportation or health care needs. These struggles were particularly acute for leaders in under-resourced communities.

To accompany leaders facing these situations, the Resourceful Servants Initiative will offer grants of $1,000 to as many as 200 leaders heavily impacted by the pandemic. This funding may not fully resolve any financial crises, but it may help leaders achieve some stability and engage in ministry for the sake of the world.

Learn more and apply.

Public response period: social message on climate care. A draft of the ELCA's forthcoming social message on climate change and how we are called to respond has been posted, and the public comment period is open through Friday, Dec. 2. The draft will be edited in response to your feedback and brought to the ELCA Church Council for a vote this spring. To read the draft and provide your input through our online form, go to
Shoulder to Shoulder* is now offering its Faith Over Fear trainings in an online format. Note: the first 25 folks to respond receive free access. This is a great opportunity for rostered ministers and lay people – from young adult onward. Faith Over Fear reduces and counters anti-Muslim bias, discrimination, and violence in the United States by working with faith and community leaders to:
  • Improve skills (and confidence) to speak against anti-Muslim rhetoric and discrimination
  • Increase community discussions to effectively counter anti-Muslim discrimination
  • Build stronger local multi-religious networks
*The Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign is a national multifaith coalition of religious denominations and faith organizations committed to addressing, countering, and preventing anti-Muslim discrimination and violence in the United States. 
2023 Parliament of the Worlds' Religions is taking place in Chicago, August 14-18. Early bird rates end at the end October 31. Registrants enjoy access to all the plenary sessions, hundreds of breakout sessions, art & cultural exhibits, performances, a film festival, and countless opportunities to connect with individuals and organizations committed to justice, peace, and sustainability. Click here to learn more and register
Registration is open for Byberg Preaching Workshop 2023! This year will feature Rev. Traci Blackmon as the main speaker and Br. Stefan Andre Waligur as the chaplain and musician.  January 23-25 in Seaside, Oregon. Learn more and register
Oregon Synod Holy Land Pilgrimage for November, 2023. Contact Nick Doversberger directly for more information, either by email at or by phone at 503-956-4666.
Awakening Faith Communities to Address Addiction conferenceOctober 6-8, in Bloomington, MN. Attend in-person or virtually. Open to anyone interested in exploring the devastation of addiction and co-occurring disorders and the remarkable healing process of faith. Featuring:
  • Internationally-known keynote speakers
  • Breakout sessions
  • Spiritual practices that may be used in a parish
  • General CEUs available, up to 9 hours.
This year there will also be a pre-conference gathering for recovering clergy, imams, rabbis and seminariansLearn more about the event and register here.
Check out current openings in the synod on our job board!  Have an opening?  Send us:
  • a link to the job description
  • a link to your church website
(We do not post job descriptions, just the links that point to the job description.)

Oct 6: Administrators and secretaries meeting 1-2 pm

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

July 17-20: ELCA rostered ministers gathering
For Jan Wierima whose son Matthew passed away on September 16 after suffering several severe strokes while recovering from COVID. Jan and her family have felt the power of your prayer and support. Following his request, Matthew was able to donate major organs, including a rare heart match, so others may live fuller, healthy lives. A memorial service for Matthew will be held Friday, October 7, 2:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Gresham. Please connect with Jan via email or letter (rather than phone calls, for now) 11980 SE 272nd Ave. Boring, OR 97009.

For Pr. Linda Easterling, whose father died recently.  

For Pr. Jack Coffey, whose mother died recently.

For Pastor Kristi Kreamer for healing as she has replacement hip surgery and healing for her husband James who underwent quadruple bypass surgery last week.

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 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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