Interfaith Call to Peace for Ukraine
From ELCA & Partners on February 24, 2022
Though we have been anxious about the recent growing tensions between Ukraine and Russia and between Russia and the NATO countries in recent weeks, we remain deeply concerned, as we have been since 2014, for the impact of this ongoing conflict on innocent civilians throughout Ukraine. All parties to the conflict must take every measure possible to protect civilians. All parties and the international community must renew efforts to de-escalate this threat to international peace and security.
All our religious traditions call us to pray and work for peace. We join our voices and hands together. We must open our eyes to those who are suffering, and we cannot remain indifferent to the injustice this conflict has brought on the people of Ukraine and may bring on people of neighboring countries.
We call on all those involved—whether governments, movements or individuals—to repent of aggression and violence, and turn instead to the way of peace through dialogue. We also call upon the faithful people of our congregations and communities to pray for wisdom, peace and justice to prevail in Ukraine. 
Join us as we pray: 
Oh Divine, most mighty, most merciful, our sacred stories tell us that you help and save your people. You are the fortress: may there be no more war. You are the harvest: may there be no more hunger. You are the light: may no one die alone or in despair. Oh Divine, most majestic, most motherly, grant us your life. Amen.
Northwest Washington Synod Assembly

Saturday, June 4, 9am - 4pm
at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood

Deadline for nominations and resolutions is May 1.
Better to get them in early!

We are now accepting nominations for Synod Secretary, Synod Vice President, and 3 Synod Council Member positions AND we are now accepting resolutions to be considered by the assembly.

Trinity Education Foundation announces:
the Graduate Leadership Scholarship

Applications for the new Graduate Leadership Scholarship from Trinity Education Foundation are now being accepted. If you are pursuing or planning to pursue a master’s level degree in leadership at a Christian University in the northwest (WA, OR, ID, MT) we have just the scholarship for you. We will be awarding three renewable scholarships of $5,000 per year for up to two years, the typical length of a master’s level degree.
Applications are being accepted now through April 30, 2022. Awardees will be announced by the end of May. To learn more and apply, please visit us at
May Youth Weekend at Holden Village

May 20-22

Registration is open!
We are headed back to Holden Village!
There is only one weekend being offered this year - and limited space.
Find the details about this gathering for high school aged youth in our region, forms needed, and how to register HERE.
Save the date!

Seattle Pride Parade
Sunday, June 26

We are registered and we look forward to participating in person again this year!
With the closure of Open Door Ministries, we need a few key leaders to help plan for our participation in this event. Interested in helping plan? Contact!
Our first planning meeting will be March 22 at 5pm - online.
Synod Events this week:

Tues, Mar 1,10am-12noon - Synod Staff Meeting
Tues, Mar 1, 1pm - Transition Ministers Monthly Meeting
Tues, Mar 1, 6:30pm - Evangelical Outreach Team Meeting
Tues, Mar 1, 7pm - Living Stones Prison Ministry Monthly Check In
Wed, Mar 2, Ash Wednesday
Thurs, Mar 3 - LiVE Interrogating Privilege Course moves to Thursdays during Lent
Living Stones Prison Ministry
Monthly Meeting via Zoom

Tuesday, March 1, 7pm

Join Pastor Chris Ode for an update about what is happening in the Living Stones ministry. He will tell how our men are doing with the most recent Covid outbreak at Washington Corrections Center (Shelton); give a status report about his involvement at the Monroe Correctional Complex; and share ways to learn more about Living Stones this spring and summer. 

Join the meeting here:
ELCA Coaching Network - Weekly Sessions
Wednesdays at 11am (Pacific)
ELCA Coaching will continue with the theme of COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP. We have invited various ministries to host these gatherings each week. There will usually be time for small groups in breakout rooms so that leaders across the church can continue to learn from each other and leave each gathering with at least one action step.

Upcoming Sessions include:
March 2 - Choose Your Own Adventure - variety of small group conversation topics from which to choose
March 9 - Daniel Kirschbaum (ELCA Young Adults)
March 16 - Josiah Benedict (Total Inclusion/Mission Builders)
March 23 - Jason O'Neill - How Are You? No, Really! Processing Grief
March 31 - TBA
Join Zoom Meetings here:
Meeting ID: 180 439 412 / Passcode: 648160
Recordings from prior gatherings can be found here:
Spiritually Sustaining Practices for Ministry and Service: Self-Care for Chaplains, Activists, Lay Leaders and Ministers

March 5, 12, and 19, 9am-10:30am - online

This online series offered by PLU and led by Dr. Jon Kershner, introduces participants to spiritual practices that nurture perspective and resilience and develop a heightened sense of divine presence. Learn more about this offering, the cost, and how to register here:
PLU - Wang Center Symposium:
Healing: Pathways for Restoration and Renewal

Wednesday & Thursday, March 9 & 10
Virtual Event, Free and Open to the Public

Join the Pacific Lutheran University community in an exploration of the concept of healing understood in the broadest sense. The two-day virtual event features a variety of renowned speakers, expert practitioners and PLU faculty whose work advances our understanding of healing in communities locally and globally. Topics will include: restorative justice, healing and intersections with race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, creed and class; food sovereignty and healing; ecological remediation and community healing; along with many other offerings, including a Continuing Education workshop for mental health providers.
Check out the full schedule here:
The Symposium keynote, hosted by the 16th Annual Dale E. Benson lecture, will feature Justin Spelhaug of the Microsoft Corporation presenting "Tech Innovation for Social Transformation." Visit the event website for more information and to register. This event is free and open to the public thanks to our generous donors.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom information for this event.
Elementary Retreat at Camp Lutherwood!

March 11-12
NEW option of day-only attendance!
Open to K-6th graders
Campers must come with chaperones, parents of their church

Please head to for more info and to register.
Questions about our retreat please reach out to our office at
Our next Living into Vocational Engagement (LiVE) Retreat:

Becoming Public Church

Saturday, March 26, 9am-1pm - central location is being finalized
All are welcome to attend this half-day retreat!

What kind of church does the world need us to be? If your church were to cease existing in a week what would your neighbors miss about you? These questions draw out the public nature of being church in partnerships with our broader communities and neighbors. This requires a host of skills, practices, and strategies. Come to this half-day workshop to learn from practitioners who have embodied this approach, and helped move a stagnant, church system into greater sense of vitality and sustainability. We explore and imagine in conversation with you. what public ministry could look like for your particular contexts. Presenters: Rev. Erik Samuelson, and Ryan Brown.

To Register:
Cost is covered IF you/your congregation is already part of the cohort.
Simply register by emailing

IF you are not part of the cohort, cost is $30/person.
Please register and pay here:
Upcoming Installation Services:
Pastor Chelsea Globe Installation
Sunday, March 13 at 3:30pm at University Lutheran Church in Seattle
We give thanks to God as Pr. Globe is installed as Pastor at Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Washington! God bless this ministry partnership!

Dustin Hamren Ordination and Installation
Saturday, April 30, 2pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Lynnwood
We are delighted to share that synod ministry candidate, Dustin, has accepted a call to serve as a Deacon at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. We give thanks to God as Dustin is ordained into Word and Service Ministry! God bless this new ministry partnership!

Pr. Charis Weathers Installation
Sunday, May 1 at 2pm at Burlington Lutheran
We give thanks to God as Pr. Weathers is installed as the new pastor at Burlington Lutheran Church! God bless this new ministry partnership!

Pastor John Schraan Installation
Sunday, JUNE 5, 2pm at Our Saviour's Lutheran in Arlington
We give thanks to God as Pr. Schraan is installed as the new pastor at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church! God bless this new ministry partnership!

Pastor Pr. Rhonda Bostrom Installation
Sunday, June 19 at 2pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran on Mercer Island
We give thanks to God as Pr. Bostrom is installed as the new pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church! God bless this new ministry partnership!
CIT and High School Retreat
May 6-7 at Camp Lutherwood

Come and reconnect before this summer!
Registration opens March 6.

All high schoolers are welcome!
For more information and questions please contact
Join Hands Day at Camp Lutherwood!

Saturday, May 7

Join Hands Day is a National Volunteer Day. Come to camp and help make a difference as we get ready for Summer 2022! We have projects for all ages and availability. Fun for all ages! Lunch provided for all volunteers!

For more info or with any questions please contact
Want an item included?
Email Susan Berg, Communications Administrator
All items due by 2pm on the prior Thursday

Northwest Washington Synod / ELCA
5519 Phinney Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103