2022 ELCA Churchwide Assembly

This week voting members from all over the country have convened for the 2022 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. We also ask your continued prayers for the Southwestern Texas contingent at the 2022 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Our contingent is made up of Bishop Sue Briner, Pastor Brad Fuerst, Pastor Drew Ingram, Leigh Ingram, Deacon Brianna Morris-Brock, Emma Olvera, Pastor Marcus Bigott, Bristol Raymond, Jose Gomes Moreira, Jonathan Zitelman, and Deanna Zitelman. We look forward to seeing the results of the diligent participation of voting members from near and far, and wish everyone safe travels to and from Columbus, Ohio.

Embracing Evangelism Train the Trainer Event

Calling all Lay Persons and Rostered Leaders to join in the Embracing Evangelism Train the Trainer Event on Saturday, August 27th from 9A-12P at Peace Lutheran in New Braunfels. You will learn how to bring this back to your congregation in a way that will get people excited to share the Good News! Register Today by clicking the button below. For questions, contact Deacon Darcy Mittelstaedt (dmittelstaedt@swtsynod.org) or Edwin Ortiz (eortizswt@gmail.com). Register Here.

Recommendations from the Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity Team

The IDE Team is very excited to share a wide variety of our favorite resources around diverse voices and experiences with the synod at large and will be regularly offering a recommendation in eNews.

For our very first run, we recommend:

God's Holy Darkness by Sharei Green, Beckah Selnick, and Nikki Faison

In God's Holy Darkness, Sharei Green and Beckah Selnick deconstruct anti-Blackness in Christian theology by celebrating instances in the story of God's people when darkness, blackness, and night are beautiful, good, and holy. From the darkness at the beginning of creation to the blackness of the sky on the day when Christ's birth was announced to the shepherds, children learn that blackness is something to celebrate as an important element of the life of faith. Lush and vibrant illustrations by artist Nikki Faison underscore the mystery and beauty of these wondrous acts of God's holy darkness.

Perfect for reading and anti-racist reflection in worship, as an affirmation and celebration with children, and at home with caregivers, God's Holy Darkness is a gift to cherish.