Supporting the Community of Uvalde
Today I am not learning how to get over my grief. I am learning to collapse into your arms, Jesus, and to let you carry me through it. -Douglas McKelvey, Every Moment Holy

Our sorrow and grief over the deaths of 21 people at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde are immeasurable. As the days go on, we will provide updates on local response efforts and needs.

If you are looking for ways to respond, please consider these suggestions:

Pray – click to access resources for prayer and lament which are available from the ELCA and All Creation Sings Gun Violence Litany | Lamenting Gun Violence | Service After a Violent Event

Donate blood – book an appointment at University Health System in San Antonio, South Texas Blood and Tissue in San Antonio, New Braunfels, etc. or check other local outlets.

Donate funds – you can give to the SWT Synod Disaster Response Team electronically through our online giving page. Checks may be made to the SWT Synod Memo: Disaster Team and mailed to the synod office. We are grateful for your contributions which will be used locally as concrete needs are identified in the coming days.

A Service of Prayer for the War in Ukraine

The people of the Southwestern Texas Synod warmly welcome you and invite you to take a seat at God’s table. All people, without exception, are welcome at this table where we gather to be transformed and connected by God's endless grace.

What does it mean to be church with us? It’s about a dynamic connection with God through each other and the world. We live in the faith that we are loved without condition by an infinite and just God. God’s transformational grace brings freedom from serving ourselves and the weight of sin that may grip us. Our burden lifted; we are free to center our lives on service to those in need. Our hearts full, we are free to love our neighbor just as unconditionally as God loves us.

We gather to explore the possibilities of grace. We soar and stumble together knowing that living our faith is hard and forgiveness abounds. We embrace the truth that the cross and the resurrection both form our journey to God. We share gratitude that all that God has made is beloved, messy, and majestic.

All are welcome to join us and be transformed by God’s grace and unconditional love.

We believe that God's love for creation is abundant and cannot be divided or apportioned by us. Where we come from, who we love and all the ways we live in this world cannot separate us from the God who became human to be with us. We are called to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ to love and to serve all as the body of Christ. You are beloved. There is always a place for you here.

Synod Assembly

June 10-12, 2022
New Braunfels, Texas

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