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.
Bishop Allende's personal blog is "Walking Together in Faith."
To contact Bishop Allende: 330-929-9022 x 29 email@example.com
This week, my wife, Linda, and I, leave for Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where I will attend the African Descent Lutheran Association (ADLA) Assembly, and the ELCA Churchwide Assembly which follows. Though I will not be in the office, I will be working, albeit in a different setting. Linda will be a guest. The ADLA Assembly is held every two years, while the Churchwide Assembly is held every three years. Since these years happened to coincide, it was decided to hold them both in the same city and subsequent to each other to save travel costs for those who will attend both. [Read more]
The heat was sweltering, the humidity was unbearable, but that did not deter the planners and participants in the first ever Purpose Palooza, held at Buckeye High School in Medina on Saturday, July 20. [Read more]
In late October of last year, I spent several days at the Abbey of Gethsemane near Bardstown, Kentucky, in silent retreat. I wrote about the experience in my Monday Musings post of November 5, 2018 (click on the date to read, if desired). The Gospel reading for this coming Sunday about Martha and Mary brought back pleasant memories of that retreat because I am one of those people who, at one time, couldn't shake the nagging feeling that sitting quietly for an extended period of time was wasteful. I felt I was failing to accomplish all the things that I had to do. [Read more]
The alert observer will quickly note that the Gospel reading for this coming Sunday was the central focus and theme of our recently completed Northeastern Ohio Synod Assembly. [Read more]
I was in Chicago on Friday and Saturday as part of the ELCA Memorials Committee. This group of fifteen dedicated individuals, along with some churchwide staff, reviewed the nearly 90 memorials, covering some three dozen different topics, that were adopted at all 65 synod assemblies across the church and are then sent on to the churchwide assembly for the consideration of the voting members. Our task was to review these documents, group them into categories, and suggest an action that will then be discussed at the assembly and either adopted or declined. [Read more]