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Maybe That's Enough

I attended California Lutheran College in Thousand Oaks, CA my last two years of college. This was before it became California Lutheran University. I would go jogging in the mornings before class and there was a wonderful trail that lead me out of the campus, through the surrounding fields, and up a hill overlooking the valley below. By the time I got to the top of the hill, I was huffing and puffing, barely able to catch my breath. So it seemed a good time to stop and rest for a while and actually do just that, catch my breath. On the top of the hill, someone who I assume was connected to the college, had placed a large cross. It was a beautiful, peaceful place for me to sit and talk w

Maybe That's Enough

I attended California Lutheran College in Thousand Oaks, CA my last two years of college. This was before it became California Lutheran University. I would go jogging in the mornings before class and there was a wonderful trail that lead me out of the campus, through the surrounding fields, and up a hill overlooking the valley below. By the time I got to the top of the hill, I was huffing and puffing, barely able to catch my breath. So it seemed a good time to stop and rest for a while and actually do just that, catch my breath. On the top of the hill, someone who I assume was connected to the college, had placed a large cross. It was a beautiful, peaceful place for me to sit and talk w

Let's Connect

Let’s connect! That desire is the engine driving this new blog, written by synod staff members for the people of our territory. We want to deepen our connection with you where you are in your ministry context. So we’re reaching out with a blog whose content is likely to vary quite a bit; from how we’re filling pulpits in this time of change to thoughts about upcoming Sunday morning Gospel readings to effective ministry strategies we’re seeing around the synod. And, we want to hear from you. I’ll start things off with a quick reminder of a point I raised at the recent Synod Assembly. The theme was Evangelism, or Sharing in Hope; and I maintained that congregations’ Sunday morning worship

Good Trouble

Music seems to be playing all the time in our house. Sometimes cello, beginner piano, the blues, or Hamilton, something is always floating in the background. We have been listening to a lot of Rhiannon Giddens' album Freedom Highway especially, though. If you have never heard the album, I highly recommend it. Giddens' album was a nominee for the best album at the Americana Music Awards, and, in 2017, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (usually called a 'genius grant') in response to her musical corpus. The album is wonderful, but we have largely been listening to it because my daughter has realized that when my Kindle tablet is plugged in she can say, "Alexa, play Rhiannon Giddens!" and