Genesis offers us stories of ordinary people, imperfect relationships, dysfunctional families, who are nevertheless called and blessed to walk with God. When was a time that, in the midst of your messiness, mistakes, or pain, you experienced God’s saving presence? How has God blessed even your very ordinary life? …
“Holding hands, looking in the face of your neighbor and speaking the benediction describe a tradition that could only have emerged from a community deeply committed to and invested in each other.”
“Maybe most importantly, I learned that I could be a pastor while remaining who I am—that faith and real life can come together, both in church and in me.”
“Pastor Erik once told me it didn’t matter where we went, God would always be there making God’s self known in the people we serve. I realize the truth of these words every day.”
The Chicago Coalition for Welcoming Churches is number 50…
But suffice it to say, my séjour with St. Luke’s is holy to me – not just as the place where I first ‘practiced’ being a pastor, but as a community which gave me full openness and full trust and full blessing – fully acknowledging my gifts to ministry, and fortifying my soul in ways that have sustained me through many a danger, toil, and snare.
Women in the Bible aren’t shy or retiring; they’re fierce and funny and demanding and relevant to twenty-first-century people.
Yesterday, the presiding bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church issued a joint invitation to a season of prayer, fasting and advocacy. The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA and The Most Reverend Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, extended this call out of concern for
421 people in diaconal ministries from 28 countries will be in town at the end of June and early July. They’re gathering for the 2017 Assembly of the Diakonia World Federation will be held in Chicago at Loyola University, Lake Shore Campus, June 28 to July 5, 2017. Diaconal Ministers, Deaconesses, Deacons, Home Missioners, etc. serve
St. Luke’s and our pastor, Rev. Erik Christensen have signed their names to this public statement of solidarity and hope that ran as an advertisement the Chicago Tribune on Sunday, May 14, 2017: