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IN OUR SYNOD

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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!

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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.

Save the Date!


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. 
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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. In preparation for the 2022 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, ELCA members are encouraged to participate in a series of online Bible studies. Participants will explore the meaning of “embodiment,” from Luke 24, and get the chance to engage with the presenters. Sessions take place Sunday afternoons in July from 3 to 3:45 pm.  Register for the live 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. 
OPPORTUNITIES

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: bybergpreachingworkshop.com.

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.

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.

"All Things Bright and Beautiful? Singing a Theology of Creation." Friday, Aug. 12, 2 p.m. (Eastern time)Michael Hawn asks: Is your congregation singing a robust theology of creation, ecological care, and environmental concerns? Hymn writers through the centuries provide a record of the church's theology of creation. He will begin with St. Francis of Assisi and conclude with hymns written in the 21st century.

"A Mighty Fortress: Copyright Reporting as a Commitment to Justice." Friday Sept. 9, 2 p.m. (Eastern time). Dr. Katie M. Deaver and Sierra Ronning of ONE LICENSE address questions about worship planning and copyright concerns. They will cover some copyright basics and explain why reporting music usage is truly a justice issue. They will also share insider tips and tricks for searching and reporting through your ONE LICENSE account.

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
 
2023

May 20: Online Synod Assembly
PRAYERS
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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2800 N. Vancouver Ave., Suite #101
Portland, OR 97227

(503) 413-4191
Bishop Laurie Larson Caesar- BishopLaurie@OregonSynod.org
Bishop's Associate Juan Carlos La Puente- juancarlos@OregonSynod.org
Bishop's Associate Pr. Melissa Reed- pastormelissa@OregonSynod.org
Synod Office (Jemae McCanna)- office@OregonSynod.org 
Disaster Preparedness Team (Jan Wierima) - beprepared@oregonsynod.org






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