The Dandelion Project: Selecting Your Congregation’s Team

Are you considering applying for a place in The Dandelion Project? This two-year vitality journey with Pastor Dave Daubert and others is designed to provide a framework for congregational discernment, discovery, and growth. A key part of the process is identifying a team of your rostered leader(s) and congregation members who...

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ELCA Youth Gathering Information Sessions

We’ve all seen it this year: God’s love for us is beyond our wildest dreams. Maybe the Spirit knew something was afoot when the ELCA chose the theme for the 2022 Youth Gathering, Boundless: God beyond measure. The Gathering is in Minneapolis in July of 2022 when 30,000 youth from...

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Welcome Pastor Mitch Phillips!

Bishop Barbins is delighted to announce that Pastor Mitch Phillips will be joining your Synod Staff as the Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership. You will be able to greet him at Synod Assembly; his first official day is June 21st. Pastor Phillips grew up in Columbus, Ohio – but...

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A Message from Bishop Barbins

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral...

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COVID-19: Important March 16 Update from Bishop Allende

A downloadable PDF of this letter is available here. March 16, 2020   Dear siblings in Christ of the Northeastern Ohio Synod,   Grace and peace in these times of uncertainty from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ!   In my previous letter I stated that decisions about...

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Pastoral Letter on the Supreme Court Ruling

For a PDF of this letter, click here. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. [Galatians 3:28] Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As you are already...

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