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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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Registration closes September 11
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Faith and Democracy in Crisis: Resisting Authoritarianism, Protecting Human Dignity, a seven-week series hosted by Spirit of Grace, Beaverton. Primary presenters will be Rev. Dr. Brian Brandt and Rev. Dr. Janet Parker, with a visit from guest presenter Dr. Anna Floerke Scheid of Duquesne University.  Come to learn about the political and theological dimensions of the anti-democratic insurgency attempting to take over the federal government. They'll bring this authoritarian insurgency into conversation with foundational Christian teachings on church and society from Catholic, Lutheran, and United Church of Christ traditions and formulate visions for Christian resistance that protect human dignity as created in the image of God. They’ll conclude with opportunities to carry that vision forward into action through ecclesial and civic networks. Sessions will take place on Zoom from 7:00 - 8:15 pm on seven Wednesdays from September 14 to October 26. Each session will include time for presentation, small and full group discussion, and a spiritual practice to sustain us through challenging times. Register here. Additional questions can be directed to
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.
Synod staff vacations
Bishop Laurie is on vacation until September 5
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. 
Early bird registration ends August 31October 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.
“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
Register now for the Fall 2022 courses in Migration Studies. All course readings, videos, discussions and materials are delivered online. The two fall course are "Forced Migration" and "US Immigration Law and Policy." Courses can be taken individually or as part of the Migration Studies Certificate. For more information about these courses or the Certificate, please email Catherine McGahan, Zolberg Institute Associate Director.
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.

A virtual discernment event for those interested in learning more about the Call. Saturday, September 10, 11:00am-3pm (EST). Register by August 27.
Mission Investment Fund: Good investment rates just got better. If you or your ministry are wondering where to invest right now, consider the Mission Investment Fund (MIF). With competitive investment rates now as high as 3.25% APY*, MIF remains a reliable financial investment choice for individuals and ministries. More than earning a high rate of return, your investment will help fund building and renovation loans to ELCA congregations and ministries, expanding their capacity for ministry. Whether that means building or renovating a sanctuary, soup kitchen, daycare center or other facility, your investment in MIF helps share God’s love.
ELCA Federal Credit Union: Auto loan rates as low as 1.99% APR—with a bonus. ELCA members can access exceptional auto loan rates, as low as 1.99% APR*, from the ELCA Federal Credit Union. Whether you’re buying a new or used car, or refinancing a current loan, ELCA FCU auto-loan rates are significantly lower than the national average. And, for a limited time, when you open a loan by Sept. 30, a $100 gas bonus will be credited to your membership savings account to help relieve pain at the pump. See details and apply now.
To help you plan for "God's work. Our hands." Sunday, visit for resources including:
Creator Lutheran, Clackamas is hiring an administrative assistant.

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

July 17-20: ELCA rostered ministers gathering
For everyone affected by the shooting at Safeway in Bend on Sunday night.

For the family and friends of Rev. Dr. Dan Erlander, author and illustrator, who died peacefully on August 28. Read more here.

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 attending the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Karlsruhe, Germany. This Assembly is the most diverse Christian gathering of its size in the world, as it will bring together more than 4,000 participants from around the globe.

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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