This week at Luther Seminary we honor Jane Buckley Farlee with the annual Race, Church and Change award. Her work with Trinity Lutheran Congregation, the only Christian community in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis (which is predominately Somali Muslim), demonstrates the flow and vibrancy of the Holy Spirit in that context.
August 5, 2011, letter
to the rostered lay leaders and pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson highlighted the calling "to discern together" what the ELCA's 2011
(Living Into the Future Together) confesses is our "missionary God." It's no accident that the Holy Spirit's renewed call to apostolic mission meets congregations and leaders straining to get a handle on discernment.
The turn to discernment lies in a newly emerging
Humble Walk mission developer, Rev. Jodi Houge, reflects on the benefits of being broke.
From time to time we plan to post a "good question" at this blog, and deliberately invite responses. (We're overjoyed, of course, whenever anyone responds to any post here.)
This time I thought we could ask the same question
is asking in
her very thoughtful blog essay on worship and spiritual formation
. Amongst other questions she asks "
what's the difference between worship together and worship at the same time?
" Her essay offers a very thoughtful reflection on ecclesiology.
Every so often I run across interesting reflections from people outside of the "church world," reflections that I think all of us who are seeking to serve in missional leadership could learn from. Here's a
great post about inter-cultural learning
, written by
, who is a consultant and businesswoman based in the Twin Cities. Among other aspects of her vocation, she mentors high school students at the
High School for the Recording Arts
. She shares
six lessons she learned
from her time