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The Church Wedding We Thought We'd Never Have
April 15, 2021 Stephen Schrader

In late 2014, as circuit courts one after another across the country struck down bans on same-sex marriage, Bruce and I looked at each other as we watched the news one evening and said, “Should we?” We agreed that, when it became legal in a state ...


Bishop Strickland Shares Easter Greetings!
April 02, 2021 Bishop Kevin Strickland

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; ...


Covid-19 Herd Immunity: Why be Vaccinated?
March 29, 2021 Connie

It is hard to believe that the American population began extreme lockdown due to Covid-19 in March one year ago! We all know that all of the accompanying mask wearing, social distancing, frequent hand washing, staying out of crowds, being isolated at...


Diversity & Justice: a Young Person's Perspective
March 14, 2021

At my school, I am a part of a club called ‘Teens for Tolerance.’ It shares many of the same goals of the Diversity and Justice taskforce of the synod. Because this club is so new, and we don’t have any funds, we decided to sell donuts in the common ...


Health Blog: Physical Activity!
February 23, 2021 Connie

Bishop Strickland’s invitation to the Southeastern Synod (SES) congregation members to join him in walking a mile a day during the forty days of Lent and pledging $40 to World Hunger prompted me to write about the health benefits of physical ...


The Blessing of Diversity
February 12, 2021 Phyllis Solgere

My son, Byron, went to a racially diverse Lutheran school in southern California from preschool through 8th grade.  His first exposure to the issue of race arose when he was in kindergarten.  The teacher later told me that there was a question about ...


HEALTH BLOG: How is Your Heart?
February 01, 2021

How is Your Heart! I hope that you pledged last month with Courage, Hope, Compassion and Love to follow Public Health guidance regarding Covid-19 in order to help prevent the spread of this destructive disease. (See my January 2021 Newsletter ...


Feet That Carry the Good News
January 15, 2021

It was a beautiful late November day and the Food Ministry at the Lutheran Church of the Atonement was preparing to leave the church grounds.  There was a feeling of what I like to call bonhomie among the group as well as a sense of accomplishment. ...


Courage, Hope, Compassion, Love!
January 01, 2021 Connie

It is December 14, 2020, 7:00 AM and I am excited to learn that a health care worker has stepped up to receive the first Covid-19 vaccination given in the United States. Given the current unrest regarding early vaccination for Covid-19, one might ...


Heart To Art
December 18, 2020

“How will the children color pictures without crayons?” That is the question bemoaned by Ms. Jessica Davis, the newly appointed art teacher at Clay Elementary School, Clay, Alabama.  After years of applications to have this position funded, approval ...


Miles to Go Before I Sleep
December 02, 2020 Connie

Most of you are familiar with Robert Frost’s 1922 poem, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. The poem tells a story of a person who is traveling in a buggy drawn by a horse. The earth is quiet and dark and the moon is bright providing light on the ...


Life Happens
December 01, 2020

Especially in the midst of a pandemic, Life Happens. We lose jobs or our hours at work are cut. Our child care bills go up because of virtual schooling. A loved one gets COVID. Suddenly, we have a personal financial emergency. Life happens, and when ...


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