April 5, 2021
Weekly Update
announcements & events
Holiday Closure Today!

Please note:
Easter Monday, April 5, is a holiday for the synod staff.
Synod Assembly - Saturday May 15, 9am-4pm ONLINE
Voting members will be receiving an important email today!

+ welcome
+ nomination news - and April 15 deadline for floor nominations
+ and more!

Keep up to date on the details HERE.
Recent Statements from ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton:
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton shared a message of support with the NW Washington Synod, in particular, our Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) members. View her message here:

++++ Additional news statements from Bishop Eaton:

March 26 - Bishop Eaton issued a statement on gun violence

March 19 - Bishop Eaton issued a statement on anti-Asian racism:

Read other news statements here:
Religica Theolab Podcast:
Community, Worship & Adapting to Isolation

In this episode, Kelly Curtis and Bishop Shelley Bryan Wee speak about the importance of maintaining community, the value in establishing meaningful rituals, and the future of worship in a post-pandemic world.

Take a listen here:

The Religica Theolab Podcast began as part of the Seattle University faculty portfolio of Associate Professor, Dr. Michael Reid Trice. The podcast has interviewed hundreds of influencers from around the world, who provide insights on leadership formation for religious leaders today. The podcast continues its focus upon leadership, community, and the shared common good, through the auspices of the Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs at Seattle University.
Finding Home
A new book from a fellow ELCA member shares reflections that invite readers to explore identity, the importance of rootedness, discovering home away from home, what it means to be home for one another.

About the book: For all who know the security of home--in all its iterations--and for those who don't, finding home is complicated. Home always is characterized by joy and sorrow, grief and gladness, the realities of complicated lives. What is it like to flee the horrors of war as a refugee in search of home? When daily life is unbearable, what exactly does home mean? How do we learn to be at home in our bodies, at home with ourselves? What does it mean to be made in the likeness of the Holy One? Can we find home in the company of strangers and how do we reclaim our earth home? So many images swim just below the surface of my memory, all the houses where I came to know home. It takes little to retrieve them--a shared story, the pungent smell of tide flats, the sound of rain on a tin roof. But home, of course, is much more than houses. These reflections invite readers to explore identity, the importance of rootedness, discovering home away from home, what it means to be home for one another. Finding home--literally and metaphorically--is challenging.
Written by Julie K. Aageson - who has served as a resource specialist and writer for the ELCA. For a decade, she wrote a monthly column for the ELCA magazine, GATHER. Her books include Benedictions: 26 Reflections and Holy Ground: An Alphabet of Prayer.
Camp Lutherwood
Summer Camp Registration is Open!
Check out options for:
  • Summer 2021
  • Spring Lodge Rentals
  • Campground Use
ELCA Domestic Hunger Grants
Are you part of a ministry (or know of one) that draws on the strengths of its community to break the cycle of hunger and poverty for good?
Invite them to apply for a Domestic Hunger Grant!
Registration open NOW: March 17–May 5
Application: April 19–May 21
Learn more and apply here: www.elca.org/domestichungergrants
Weekly ELCA Coaching Event
Next Session is Wednesday, April 7 at 11am

The topic is: The Life of Faith Initiative is a grassroots effort within the ELCA. All advocates of equipping all God’s saints for the work of ministry in their everyday roles and relationships (Ephesians 4:12) are welcome to participate in the initiative, whether you are part of the ELCA or not. The purpose of the Life of Faith initiative is to stir up a culture change that frees us to make the service by the baptized in the arenas of daily life the central focus of the church’s mission. For better context, please watch the 17-minute introductory video found here prior to our gathering: https://lifeoffaith.info/

All are invited to join this weekly online gathering designed to provide encouragement and support for ELCA leaders across the church. Join Zoom Meeting here:
Meeting ID: 180 439 412 - Password: 648160

We understand a number of folks are unable to make this day and time each week. We record the main session and debrief time. We share each recording with supporting documents here, typically by the following day: https://www.elcacoaching.org/podcasts/media.
Funding Your Hunger Ministry Workshop
Saturday, April 10, 10am-11:30am

Our neighbors in the Southwestern Washington Synod are inviting Hunger Teams from around ELCA Region 1 to learn about ELCA World Hunger, Lutheran Disaster Response, the ELCA Domestic Hunger Grant application process and other possible funding sources. We will be joined by a professional grant writer who works with non-profit clients, to learn the top things any successful program needs. Register for this free event here: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=magpslfab&oeidk=a07eho1rde5d57ab82f
Questions? Email swwsynod@plu.edu or call the Southwestern Washington Synod at 253-535-8300.
Synod Hunger Team Meeting
Tuesday, April 13, 7pm via Zoom
The team meets monthly to help congregations:
  • learn about hunger on the local and global level
  • inspire and work cooperatively in supporting hunger ministries locally on our synod territory
  • combat hunger globally by supporting our ELCA World Hunger Program
Reach out Committee Co-Chairs Carol & Bob Wall with questions and/or for the Zoom meeting link.
Developing a Foundation for Planned Gifts
Presented by the ELCA Foundation

Thursday, April 15, 10am Pacific Time via Zoom

Sign up here for the webinar:
Living into a Fresh Vision for God’s Church
April 15, 11am – The Future is Now: Creative Expressions of Church

Go to www.IgniteTheChurch.net to learn more and get registered.
Pastors and congregational lay leaders can sign up for only a $25 donation to register for the entire series. All conference proceeds are donated to the ELCA Fund for Leaders.
Lutheran Men In Mission Bold Gathering
Saturday, April 17, 9am-12noon

Registration is Free but Required.
Lutheran Men in Mission will be hosting another online event featuring six speakers discussing matters that men know matter.
Register now at boldgathering.com
There you can find more information and see all the archived videos from past Bold Gatherings.
Interrogating Privilege in Church & Our Lives

Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm
April 14 - May 19 
Cost: $50/person

The LiVE Project (Living into Vocational Engagement) is a new initiative of the NW WA Synod to accompany lay leaders in ways that encourage and deepen God’s calling for their lives. 
This six-week course is designed specifically for lay leaders to open up transparent, and honest conversation around the ways privilege shapes and impacts our lives and communities of faith. 
The learning facilitators for the course are Rev. Priscilla Paris Austin, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seattle, and Dr. David Hahn, Dir. of Formation and Learning for the NW WA Synod. 

How Do I Read The Bible?

Sundays, 1pm-2:30pm
April 18 - June 13
Cost: $50/person

The LiVE Project, in partnership with Our Redeemer's Lutheran (Seattle) invites you into this 8-week course to come and curiously explore the Bible. To discover, hear, and be blessed directly. Individuals and congregational groups welcome!

Earth Ministry Book Reflection & Discussion
Monday, April 19 at 6pm

Join the Earth Ministry community for their Earth Day gathering this year - spending time with the book Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Kimmerer brings her identity as an indigenous woman and also her knowledge as a botanist to her writing about what we can learn from the fauna we live alongside. Her book offers a lovely perspective on how to enter in to more of a reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. Braiding Sweetgrass was selected for our community read after being suggested by multiple members of the Earth Ministry community – thank you! We believe it is important that we take time to sit with indigenous wisdom regarding relations to Earth.

Please read the book on your own and then join us online for reflection and discussion on Monday, April 19 at 6pm Pacific. Now is the time to get the book and start reading! We encourage you to support your local bookstore or purchase Braiding Sweetgrass through Bookshop.
Get your copy today, then remember to REGISTER HERE .
Pacific Lutheran University – Knutson Lecture:
World Balance vs. Personal Salvation:
An American Indian Postcolonial Perspective

Tuesday, April 20, 7pm via Zoom Webinar

Rev. Dr. George “Tink” Tinker is Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Tinker will address the differences between the genuine equality of American Indian peoples and the hierarchical worldview of the eurochristian West. Given the eco-devastation threatening life today, and the historical trauma experienced by American Indian nations, the survival of American Indian cultures and values may make the difference for the survival of the Earth.

You are also invited to join PLU Chapel on Wednesday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom to hear Dr. Tinker deliver the message. For more information and to register for either opportunity, please visit plu.edu/religion/2021-knutson-lecture.

Learn about more excellent offerings from PLU here:
Joyfully Aging Is NOT an Oxymoron!
April 22 at 9am

Dr. Rich Bimler shares his positive outlook for the second half of life. In a culture that sees aging as a disease, Joyfully Aging means changing the way we perceive older people, ourselves and others. Let’s discuss how we can joyfully age together.
Find out more and check out our previous webinars & resources at aloaserves.org
Each webinar features an expert in a subject pertaining to older adult ministry land providing information on available resources. All webinars are free and last approximately 60 minutes. If you can't be available for the live webinar, sign up anyway and we'll email you a link to the recording and associated resources. 
Let Us be a Sign to You
Contributions of Lutheran Members of Arab & Middle Eastern Heritage to the ELCA
Thursday April 22, 4-5pm Pacific Time

As part of the National Arab American Heritage Month, join this educational zoom presentation.
Here is the agenda for the session: Introduction; Devotion based on Ezekiel 24:27 “You shall speak and no longer be silent. / In this way you shall be a sign to them; / and they shall know that I am the Lord;” Identity as a Christian in Arab/Middle East Communities; Presentation on Hospitality, Welcome and Support of Arab & Middle Eastern Members; On-the-ground working relationships with Muslim and Jewish communities; Q&A; Closing Reflection & Prayer 
Grünewald Guild in the City:
Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park
April 24th, 11am – 1pm
Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Avenue, Seattle

Join the Grünewald Guild’s NEW director, Brian Johnson, for this event. He will lead this art outing and conversation focusing on poems and sacred texts paired with the park sculptures. Bring a bagged lunch or make plans for lunch in the area. Register here. Cost is $10 general / $ 2 students
Bishop's Spring Convocation
Living into Authentic Diversity: Sharing Our Stories
Monday-Wednesday, April 26-28, Online
Monday, 1-4pm | Tuesday, 9:30am-3:30pm | Wednesday: 9am-12noon

Rostered ministers, mission developers, and interns of the synod are invited to gather online over these days to explore diversity in the Church from the perspective of listening deeply to the uniqueness of our diverse journeys of faith. How do our familial/cultural/ denominational/personal identities and histories shape our experience of being Church Together? Following an introductory session with the Strategic Team For Authentic Diversity (STAD), we will be joined by keynote speaker the Rev. Lenny Duncan.
We will also hear stories of four local leaders (Rev. Diakonda Gurning, Rosario Aguilar, Rev. Sam Sseba, and Elizabeth Stitt). We will have time to reflect together on both the gifts and the challenges these stories bring to us.

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) Update & Seattle Spring Ingathering
April 29 - May 1 at First Lutheran Church in Bothell

The Spring Ingathering will be a modified Covid19 Ingathering process. Churches/quilting groups need to reserve a delivery spot by calling/emailing Rich Mathes at 206-384-1183, or email lwrmathes@aol.com. The incoming cars and trucks will be staggered; drivers and passengers must wear masks and are to remain in their vehicles as much as possible. The church building is not open for use by drivers or passengers.

HELP US KEEP YOU IN THE LOOP: If your quilting group, or church, or kit-assembly group has not received your instructions, loading form, or newsletter, please notify Rich at either contact above.
Lutheran Campus Ministry Sunday!
Sunday, May 2

First to Worship Planners: a pre-recorded video worship service will be made available - five Lutheran Campus Ministries, their pastors and students will be leading this service, as well as music contributed from 5 congregations from around the state.

Second - On Sunday, May 2 at 11:30am - join Pastor Chelsea Globe of UW Lutherans for a region-wide education time to discuss campus ministry, young adult ministry, and how your congregation can get involved!

Read the Koran in Four Weeks
Mondays in May (3, 10, 17, 24), 7pm-9pm via Zoom

Check out this unique class taught by Pastor Marshall, First of West Seattle, four times a year since 2003. The cost is $20 --- which covers sending you in the mail your own copy of an approved English translation of the Koran.

Call or email to register or ask questions. Pastor Marshall at (206) 935-6530 or deogloria@foxinternet.com. For more information on the class (including a half hour video interview) and some student recommendations, see flcws.org, “Reading the Koran with Pastor Marshall.” 
Faith Action Network Spring Summits!

Choose from Sunday, May 23 and
Sunday, June 6, 2pm-4pm Online

At the Summit you can gather virtually with advocates in your region and in your issue area of interest and begin to consider what steps we might take together in the year ahead. This event is open to advocates across the state, and the content and breakouts will be the same each Sunday. See the flyer here and register for one of the dates below:
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