Rev. Abraham D. Allende

abrahamOn 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 aallende@neos-elca.org

Monday Musings

August 28, 2017

Before going any further, I have a special request to make. Please click on this coming Sunday's assigned lectionary reading from Romans, and read through it at least three times. [Read more]

August 21, 2017

In his book, Dynamics of Faith , theologian Paul Tillich devotes a chapter to symbols. He writes that symbols point beyond themselves to something else, and surpass language in quality and strength. In other words, symbols express what words cannot. They give voice to the individual or collective unconscious. [Read more]

August 14, 2017

I took a few days off this past week for my annual vacation with my son. But whatever expectations I had that my return would be uncomplicated went out the window even before I began unpacking. As I drove home Saturday, I listened with a mixture of outrage and sorrow to the heartbreaking tragedy of the violent confrontation between White Supremacists and counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia. [Read more]

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