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Companion Synod Team​

Our Companion Synods give us the opportunity to engage with Companion Christians who live out their faith in different parts of the world. As we come together with our CoSyn Lutheran Christians in Papua New Guinea, Russia and other parts of the world, we both bless them and receive their blessings. We both teach and learn. We both encourage and are encouraged.

Every congregation in the Central States Synod is encouraged to celebrate the World-wide church we are a part of and to find ways to walk more closely together with our partners in Papua New Guinea, Russia, and around the globe.


For a more detailed explanation of the Companion Synod Ministry, read:

Companion Synod Ministry, CSS-ELCA.​

"A Season of Global Awareness."


The 2023 Central States Synod Assembly adopted Resolution SA 23.02, "A Season of Global Awareness". Which resolved that Sunday, October 8th, 2023 shall be designated as the Sunday to remember, lift up and celebrate our companion church relationship with the “Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Urals, Siberia and Far East” (ELCUSFE) with a special focus on the Far Eastern Deanery. (This date was chosen because the first Sunday in October is widely observed by the churches in Russia as a harvest Sunday when they give thanks and celebrate the completion of the fall harvest).


The Central States Synod Companion Synod Team invites you to use these resources in your worship setting, and suggest using Hymn #155 or #160 as the Kyrie as they come from the Russian Orthodox tradition, and encourage having a special offering or making a special contribution to the Companion Synod Ministry. 

Video introduction and update on our companion synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Uraals, Siberia and Far East (5 mins)

Prayer suggestions for use during worship

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Bulletin insert for use October 8, 2023

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News from Martin Luther Seminary in Lae, Papua New Guinea

From:  Kinim Siloi, Overseas Partnership Coordinator

January 19, 2023


Recently a man, claiming to be sent by God, entered the Martin Luther Seminary campus, went to the chapel and damaged the baptismal font and some of the carvings on the wall. He and another individual proceeded to burn these items near the dining hall.

Please keep the Seminary community and the ELC-PNG in your prayers.

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Far East Deanery


Reports, updates and trip summaries of the Far East Deanery of the Lutheran Synod of the Urals, Siberia and the Far East.


Kotte District

Papua New Guinea

Reports, updates and trip summaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Kotte District of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea.


Young Adults in Global Mission

Stories, missions, and updates from the ELCA and Central States Youth participating as a YAGM.

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