J-term 2017: Through the Eyes of a Student

January 15- 20, fifteen students gathered along with the Rev. Dr. Dirk Lange, and Dr. Susan McArver and our Sisters in Residence at Spirit in the Desert in Carefree, Arizona. The J-term Course was Diaconal Ministry: History, Formation, and Spirituality. Here is how...

The Community

By Sister Noreen Stevens, Directing Deaconess “It is the Lord who goes before you and will be with you. The Lord will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”  Deuteronomy 31:8 These prayerful words were shared with me as I began as the Directing...

What is Word and Service Ministry?

With the Churchwide Assembly voting to create a new unified roster of Ministers of Word and Service, it may be helpful to clarify what that means. Word and Service Ministry finds its biblical roots in the prophets who delivered God’s call for social justice, in the...

Upcoming Changes…New Opportunities

By Sister Krista Anderson, Director of Vocation and Education Tomorrow, August 12, the voting members of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly will be entertaining a motion to unify the three existing Official Rosters of Laypersons (Associates in Ministry, Deaconesses, and...