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.
Meet the new interns joining our synod!

Emily Ronsberg, (she/her), Gloria Dei in Coos Bay

I am originally from Oakdale, Minnesota.  I graduated in 2019 from Concordia College in Moorhead with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. Before starting seminary at Wartburg, I spent almost a year in Matimba, Rwanda with the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission program. In my free time you can find me hiking, zooming with my fiancé Hannah, reading queer fantasy, baking muffins, and playing Dungeons & Dragons

I love that church can be a place where people are reminded of God’s unconditional love for them and live in response to that love in service to the world. As part of my time with Gloria Dei, I am excited to be in relationship with the community as I learn from and alongside them about all areas of life and ministry. I feel especially called to proclaim God’s expansive love and grace to all people, especially those who have been unjustly denied this in the history of Christianity.  

Christina Johnson, (she/her), Zion Lutheran, First United Methodist, and The Next Door Inc. in The Dalles

I am excited to be living in the Northwest as I enjoy being outdoors and moving my body. Some of my favorite things are running, hiking and downhill skiing. I enjoy reading (usually memoirs), playing card games and doing just about anything outside. I have spent the past two years in Iowa working towards my MDiv at Wartburg Theological Seminary.

This is a bivocational internship placement, with a detached site and ecumenical partnership (I know, it's a lot!). I am thrilled to have this unique opportunity at this one-of-a-kind internship site. In my ministry, I feel specifically called to journeying with people and my gifts lie in pastoral care and small group conversations. At this site, I am excited to use these gifts as I build relationships with the small congregations and with the running/homeless youth and young adults I will be working with at the Next Door Inc. 
Daniel O’Brien, United Lutheran, and Emmaus in Eugene
I am originally from Park Ridge, IL. I am currently in my fourth year at Luther Seminary pursuing a MDiv with a children youth, and families concentration. I feel the most called to youth ministry and outdoor ministry. In college, after working summers at Bible camp, I created an independent study that allowed me to visit a number of Lutheran camps around the country, growing a strong passion to connect the Word of God and the people of God, to the world of God. My hope for the future is to find a call that allows me to use my passions for ordained ministry, outdoor ministry, and youth ministry together! As I bring my passions into my ministry, I am always seeking ways we can empower our younger generations to feel more deeply connected to the life of our church and its ministries. While on internship this year, I am excited to be serving at two congregations that are already building a strong bridge of collaboration, and it is my hope to learn and grow from them and others in how we can work as one church in a rapidly changing world.
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

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. 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.
Queer Grace Gathering with storyteller, Pr. Kaitlin Pabo-Eulberg. Join Spirit of Grace, Beaverton, Sunday, August 28 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, for a "coffee house" gathering where Pr. Kaitlin Pabo-Eulberg will share how being queer has affected her relationship with faith, Bible, church, God, and herself. This will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. All are welcome whether you are queer or straight/cis. RSVPs are appreciated but not required, email Pr. Robyn Hartwig
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
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. 
A virtual discernment event for those interested in learning more about the Call. Saturday, September 10, 11:00am-3pm (EST). Register by August 27.
Watch ELCA World Hunger's June webinar on housing, “Hunger at the Crossroads,” which explored the intersection of hunger and housing. 

“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. 
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.
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
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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