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.
"Synodal spirit is alive in Africa,' say speakers at major theological summit." National Catholic Reporter article on the Pan-African Congress in Kenya in July, attended by Bishop Laurie and Juan Carlos (and they are both quoted in the article!)
Synod staff vacations
Rev. Melissa is on vacation until August 23
Juan Carlos will be on vacation August 22-26.
Bishop Laurie will be on vacation August 25-September 5.

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 6:30-8 pm (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. 
Churchwide Assembly news
  • Jennifer Trom was elected to serve on the ELCA Church Council
  • Bonnie Beadles-Bohling was elected to the ELCA Committee on Discipline
  • The Oregon Synod Land Reparations Memorial passed by 91%
  • The LEVO memorial was amended by the memorials committee and passed overwhelmingly in the en bloc
  • The Just Transitions memorial was pulled out of the en bloc memorials group to be debated this morning
Today is the last day of Churchwide.  You can watch the livestream or recordings of the sessions here. We'll send additional information about the three Oregon Synod memorials next week. 
“Housing: A Practical Guide for Learning, Advocating and Building” is a new ELCA World Hunger resource for congregations who want to learn about and take action to address the housing crisis in their communities. For congregations new to this work, this resource will provide step-by-step guidance on how to build awareness and capacity around the root causes of homelessness, how to become an advocate for affordable housing and people experiencing homelessness, and, finally, how to build affordable housing. For congregations already involved in this work, the resources in this guide can help with congregation and community education, training new volunteers and refining your current project. Download here.  
To help you plan for "God's work. Our hands." Sunday, visit for resources including:
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.

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.

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.

Aug 8-12: ELCA Churchwide Assembly

Sept 11: Registration for Bishop's Convocation closes

Sept 11: 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 the final day of Churchwide Assembly in Ohio, and for all the travelers making their way home.

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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