Dear Friend in Christ,


At my election, I expressed how humbled and honored I felt to have received the call to serve as the Bishop of Central States Synod.  Now a few months into this call, I continue to feel humbled and honored as I engage in the many opportunities to be present in our congregations and among our leaders as pastor.  The sermon at my installation on October 20th challenged and called me to not just feel humbled and honored but to be a “Beatitude” Bishop of a “Beatitude Synod,” to be bold in being a blessing to the world as we reach out to all, especially those on the margins, to share the love of Christ.


Now I am inviting you to participate more fully in this call to be a “Beatitude Synod” by making a financial gift to Central States Synod, to help more fully fund the ministry we do together.  Your gifts to the synod enable us to:

  • Work with congregations to be vital communities of faith;

  • Train and support leaders;

  • Support outdoor and campus ministries, reaching out to young people;

  • Connect to the story of God’s mission throughout the world;

  • Broaden and deepen our own discipleship to be faithful stewards of the gifts we have been given.


In a world full of anxiety and uncertainty, fear and violence, where we struggle to treat all persons with dignity and respect, this world needs a “Beatitude Church.”  This world needs us to be this Beatitude Church.  My hope is that you will be humbled and honored by this opportunity to participate in this call to be a “Beatitude Synod.”  And that you will, in thanksgiving for the blessings you have received, be bold in sharing blessings with others.  Thank you for all the ways you support ministry beyond the walls of your congregation, expanding the ways in which we share the gospel. 


God’s Blessing,



The Rev. Susan Candea