All the changes taking place in the church and in the world have had a transfigurational effect on our ELCA seminaries. They are being challenged to become creative in the ways of doing theological education in order to prepare leaders for the ministry to which Christ calls us.
Our gospel text for this Sunday, July 3, talks about teams. Jesus sends out 70 unnamed followers in teams of two.
The first of the several groups that I met with during my week in South Africa was a contingent of 12 theological students whose education is now being threatened by complex economic issues.
Our main goal while in South Africa was reestablish the relationship between the Northeastern Ohio Synod and the Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Africa (ELCSA).
I am visiting the Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Africa for eight days to reestablish our relationship with our companion synod.
Left to our own devices, we set ourselves into default mode. We take the path of least resistance. We are most comfortable with doing what we think we know best.
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
What I share with you today comes from a Holy Saturday homily written in Greek dating back to the fourth century. The author of this text is unknown.
On this night let us confront the reality of death and let us think of all those who are suffering because of the death of a loved one, because of the death of an innocent.