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Registration closes Sunday!

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There will not be any late registration available.
Come to the Measure 114 Lauch!  All are invited to come to join Lift Every Voice Oregon at Augustana, Portland for the Ballot Measure 114 (formerly IP 17) campaign launch. Wednesday September 14 at 7:00 pm; clergy are asked to arrive by 6:30 pm to process; vest however you wish. Press rooms will be available in advance for members of the press to interview community leaders of all backgrounds who are engaged in this important campaign for public health by addressing gun violence. For more Information Contact; Rev. Mark Knutson, 503-757-3697.
Synod Leaders Quarterly Meetings for September
  • Administrators and secretaries with Synod Administrator Jemae McCanna: September 16, 1-2 pm. Meeting link
  • Congregation presidents and leaders with VP Greg Shea and Bishop Laurie Larson Caesar. September 24, 9-10:30 am. Meeting link
  • Treasurer's meeting with Bishop Laurie Larson Caesar and Synod Treasurer Mark Dickman. September 24, 10:30-11:30 am. Meeting link
Our directory has a new mobile app! Here’s how to log in:
  1. Download the Online Member Directory App for Apple or Android
  2. Tap + Add New Directory then enter oregonsynod for the mobile code and submit. 
  3. Tap our synod name and log in using your existing username and password.
Click here for a quick app overview.
  • Our directory is also available on the web at Please note: All administrator edits are done through the web version.
  • The current app, CTRN Online Directory, will continue to work for the time being. However, it will be phased out in the coming months.
Do you need access to your account reset? Please connect with synod administrator Jemae at
Come and learn about the dying process, 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. 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. 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. 
Not satisfied with the traditional court-based system of crime and punishment? Lutheran Community Services Northwest is pleased to announce a new effort with the Portland Police Bureau that leans heavily on restorative justice principles. Check out their new webpage for info, such as how to become a volunteer facilitator.
Resisting an Ancient Hatred: Antisemitism in Church and Society, the 12th Annual Lutheran Studies Conference.  This year’s conference is animated by the sharp increase in Antisemitic hate speech and crimes since the fall of 2016 and the rise of white “Christian nationalism.” Learn more and register here. The conference is free and open to the public.
Legacy Emanuel has space available in its CPE winter extended internship. It runs for 19-weeks from January 9 to May 19, 2023. For more information about the unit, including how to apply, please visit their website.
Queer Grace monthly gatherings at Spirit of Grace, BeavertonSunday, September 18, 7:00-8:30 pm. These coffeehouse-style gatherings will feature a new storyteller each month sharing how being queer has affected their relationship with faith, the Bible, church, God, and themselves, followed by a panel and Q&A. This month Hezzie will share their story as a queer, gender-fluid, high school senior. All are welcome to attend! RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Upcoming gatherings are 7:00-8:30 pm on Sunday, October 23 and Sunday, November 20.
"Moving Beyond a Congregational Identity Crisis.” Asking “Who are we?” helps congregations gain clarity in the midst of an identity crisis. Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe Jr. offers three priorities for congregations to move forward. Read here.
Faith and Democracy in Crisis: Resisting Authoritarianism, Protecting Human Dignity, a seven-week series hosted by Spirit of Grace, Beaverton. Come to learn about the political and theological dimensions of the authoritarian insurgency in America and bring it into conversation with foundational Christian teachings on church and society from Catholic, Lutheran, and United Church of Christ traditions.  Sessions will take place on Zoom from 7:00 - 8:15 pm on seven Wednesdays from September 14 to October 26. Register here. Additional questions can be directed to
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. Together, we'll enhance our knowledge about addiction and recovery, share stories of learning and hope, and celebrate our faith in God’s abiding grace. 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.

Fall session has begun!  Fifty and Better is designed for people who are 50 years of age or older and want to continue learning. They offer interactive courses and extracurricular activities for the pure enjoyment of pursuing knowledge and stimulating social engagement. All classes are virtual. Click here to learn more.

“From Holy Rage to Holy Hope: The Pastor as Public Leader and Congregation as Healing Community.” Overcome the polarization that exists in American religion and politics by learning how you and your congregation can help bridge the divide. Offered Thursdays, 1-2:30 Central Time, on Sept. 15, 22, and Oct 6-27. Cost is $125 and scholarships are available. led by Rev. Dr. Rick Rouse. For more information and to register click here
New Clergy Leadership Roundtables starting in October. This virtual program gives pastors the opportunity to 1) connect with thoughtful peers outside their usual circle 2) get clear about the next right thing to do, and 3) feel lighter and less burdened by ministry through these days. Groups meet monthly for 90 minutes. Learn more here.

Vanco Presents: 4 Simple Steps for Increasing Stewardship, presented by Keith Mundy, Vanco Faith, on Thursday, September 15 at 12 pm PT. Here's what you’ll be learning.

  • How to improve your financial call and compel people to greater generosity.

  • How to incorporate storytelling to strengthen your ask.

  • How to encourage donations through Vanco Online.

  • How easy it is for your congregation to use Vanco Online to meet giving goals.

Check out current openings in the synod on our job board!  Have an opening?  Send us a link to the job description and your church website and we'll include it. (We do not post job descriptions, just the links that point to the job description.)

Sept 11: Registration for Bishop's Convocation closes

Sept 11: God's Work Our Hands Sunday

Sept 16: Administrators and secretaries meeting 1-2 pm

Sept 17: Synod Council Meeting

Sept. 24: Congregation presidents and leaders with VP Greg Shea and Bishop Laurie Larson Caesar, 9-10:30 am. 

Sept. 24: Treasurer's meeting with Bishop Laurie Larson Caesar and Synod Treasurer Mark Dickman, 10:30-11:30 am

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 Oregon Synod Disaster Preparedness and Response Team member Jan Wierima who has COVID and for Jan's son who is in the hospital in serious condition with COVID-related health impacts.  

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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