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
Blessings in the New Year! As you read this, I am on my way back to Ohio from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where I have been attending the annual Bishops' Academy. This is a continuing education event for bishops that is held annually in various locations and addresses a specific topic or theme. This year was, "First Nations Peoples: Spirituality, Theology, Reconciliation." [Read more]
[Bishop's Christmas Message] In the midst of the wars, the conflicts, the poverty, the violence, the disasters and desperation, this little baby comes to comfort the cries of God’s people, to deliver us from our distress, to ease our fears, to calm our confusion, to restore order to the chaos caused by our neglect in the care of God’s creation; to forgive us of our faithlessness. [Read more]
The late Peter Gomes, former Dean of Memorial Church at Harvard University, stated in a sermon on Mary, the Mother of Jesus, "We children of the Reformation simply do not know what to do with Mary." That prompted me several years ago to preach a sermon entitled, "What to do About Mary?" [Read more]
Monday Musings Archive
- 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!