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.
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Today's musing is fairly personal. This coming weekend marks three years since my election as bishop. I couldn't help but notice that, like 2014, the Fifth Sunday of Easter also fell around that date. Thus, the lectionary readings are the identical ones read that were heard in many worship services around the world. [Read more]
As we approach the Fourth Sunday of Easter, traditionally know as Good Shepherd Sunday, many congregations that enjoy a talented musician or choir, will most likely feature them by playing or singing a piece titled, "Sheep May Safely Graze." Though it is a secular work, it has found its way into church repertoires because it was written by Johann Sebastian Bach, and its lyrics depict the image of a shepherd guarding the sheep so they may graze in safety. [Read more]
ALLELUIA! CHRIST IS RISEN! As you read these words I am on the way to Pokagon State Park in Angola, Indiana, and our Region Six First Call Theological Education Retreat. [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!