Southeastern Synod ELCA


This Land is Your Land

April 16, 2018

This article was written by the Rev. Cliff Bahlinger, pastor, St. Luke, Cordova, TN, for Creation Justice Ministries, a ministry partner of the ELCA and the National Council of Churches. Pr. Bahlinger has been invited to be a clergy delegate to Washington, DC on April 19, where he and other clergy will meet with lawmakers at the Capitol as a part of Earth Day activities. He said, "we will ask our elected officials to support public land and advance funding for our National Parks." We are hopeful for a second article and some pictures when he returns.

The Gospel Mandate

April 11, 2018

What does the Lord require of us but to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God.  Written by the Rev. Leslie Wilder, pastor, The Good Shepherd, Morristown, TN, who articulates the struggles within her community that may also be found in the communities in which we all live and serve.

Celebrate Earth Day: End Plastic Pollution!

April 10, 2018

  We frequently read about how Americans consume too much and recycle too little.  This message becomes even more apparent when one views the overflowing garbage cans each week in a typical American ...

A 50th Year Observation of the Assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 04, 2018

Today is April 4, 2018 and I sit here alone in my study, melancholy yet grateful for the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man of peace who died a violent death.  I had invitations to ...

Climate Disasters

March 08, 2018

From August 17, 2017 until September 3, 2017, we read about and watched the life of Hurricane Harvey.  Beginning August 30, 2017 until September 16, 2017, the life of Hurricane Irma drew our ...

Are You at Risk for Diabetes?

March 05, 2018

The American Diabetes Association has designated March 27, 2018 as American Diabetes Alert Day! The purpose of this designation is to make Americans more aware of the health risk of prediabetes and ...

Good People

March 04, 2018

I pay attention to the news and to what is going on in the world.  I pay attention both to what I hear and to what I see.  But in the last couple of weeks I haven’t been paying attention as carefully ...

A Devotion for Advocacy

February 05, 2018

Mark 1:23-26 23 Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24 and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you ...

Your Little Engine!

February 05, 2018

It is early January, it is around nine degrees outside and I am settled in front of my computer to decide what to say in a February newsletter article.  February? January has just begun and my brain ...

The Ministry of Reconciliation

January 11, 2018

Reconciliation, by Josefina de Vasconcellos, in St. Michael's Cathedral, Coventry “In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the ...

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