Rev. Abraham D. Allende
On May 17, 2014, The Reverend Abraham D. Allende was elected Bishop of the 180 congregations in the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He began serving as bishop on September 1. Prior to his election as bishop, Pastor Allende had been serving The Lutheran Church of the Covenant in Maple Heights, Ohio, since September of 2009. Pastor Allende had previously served as Pastor and Mission Developer of Iglesia Luterana La Trinidad in Canton, Ohio. He was ordained as minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on January 18, 2003. A second-career pastor, Reverend Allende has held successful positions in the fields of education, broadcasting and as a professional baseball executive. He is a native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico and reared in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. Pastor Allende and his wife, Linda, currently make their home in Plain Township with their cat, Milagros (Mili). He has one adult son, David, a resident of Akron. To contact Bishop Allende: 330-929-9022 x 29 firstname.lastname@example.org
Every time I read the words of Jesus in the verses from Matthew's Gospel I feel like breaking out into song. First, there's the popular melody from the Broadway musical Cabaret, which begins, "Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome!" Our Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal has a hymn, written by Marty Haugen [ELW #641], with the refrain, "All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place!" I found a calming version of this tune on YouTube which you can enjoy by clicking HERE. [Read more]
The way this year has gone, I would put the emphasis on "Crazy." The polarization that appears to drive our society and the world - especially when it comes to politics - has risen to a distressing level. The shooting of legislators at a baseball practice last Wednesday is the latest example of the numerous violent outbursts that have proliferated recently. All one has to do is read the local paper, the news online, watch television, or log in to social media to see the litany of divided opinion. [Read more]
My third Synod Assembly as Bishop is in the books and I couldn't be more pleased with the day-and-a-half proceedings. Our Synod Secretary, David Lenz, will have a more complete summary hopefully in time for Wednesday's e-news, but I want to take a moment here to reflect on a couple significant moments for me. [Read more]
- THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT December 11, 2016 A brief reflection on "Rejoice" Sunday.
- SATURDAY OF ADVENT 2 December 10, 2016 One doesn’t have to dig deep to find similarities with ancient Israel and our current society. We fail to hear the subtle cries for help that are all around each of us, each day.
- FRIDAY OF ADVENT 2 December 9, 2016 The love story of Ruth and Boaz goes beyond what seems right according to the letter of the law, and enters into the Spirit of what God wants for us, love that values others.
- THURSDAY OF ADVENT 2 December 8, 2016 You might not have imagined that simply by praying for someone or inviting someone to church you might be the vessel by which God continues to reach out and embrace all God’s beloved people.
- SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT December 5, 2016 Repentance is not moaning and groaning or feeling sorry for yourself, it is letting God’s Spirit wipe away our sinfulness, thus giving us insight into the limitlessness of God’s love!