Spiritual and Theological Mutual Accompaniment (STMA), stewarded by the Oregon Synod, is now a communion of over 120 spiritual leaders from Oregon, California, and Washington, and twelve additional countries, including Latin America, Africa and Europe. These leaders are lay and clergy, theologians and community workers, all engaging their own margins and the margins of their communities on pathways of struggle, healing and liberation.
Klamath Lutheran credits the divine creative process with guiding them through the challenges of the past several years as they have strived to preserve the “best of church.” Check out their profile written by David Taylor, our roving synod correspondent.
New, creative ministries may involve partnerships with neighboring churches, joining in mission and ministry with nearby non-profits, or walking together into something else beautiful and entirely unexpected. Given our current situation, we all may have to transform more than we’d like. And in that, we may ultimately be blessed more than we expect.
Sarah is the new coordinator for our Disaster Preparedness & Response Team.
Compass, at Camp Lutherwood Oregon, provides a healing experience for middle-schoolers affected by wildfire related trauma.
In 2020, Peace First was born from the merger of First Lutheran and Peace Lutheran Churches as the result of a changing congregational landscape across the state. While a challenging journey, Peace First is learning to trust their newly formed muscle memory: there is opportunity in transformation and beauty in expanding community.
We pray for the victims and family of the Robb Elementary School massacre in Uvalde Texas. We respond by supporting gun safety legislation.
The Oregon Fellowship seeks to create a new and much needed space for passionate young people to explore their own leadership journeys and spirituality without the pressure of fitting into any predetermined ideas of what that leadership “should” look like, and to be deeply accompanied in the process.
Watch our 2022 keynote address
Explore four ministries of Zoar Lutheran in Canby: The Sewing Circle, furniture ministry, emergency weather shelters, and community dinner. Written by roving synod correspondent, David Taylor.