Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC) is a group of denominations in relationship to one another, acknowledging one another’s ministries, and working together to proclaim Christ and the good news in word and service. It is a primary way we connect with and relate to the historically African American denominations in North America. Last June, they held their conference in the Dallas area, and Bishop Gronberg was joined by Bishop Eaton to take part in the activities of that weekend.
The CUIC leadership has released the following statement addressing white supremacy and white nationalism. While the events of Charlottesville were a motivator for getting this statement published, white supremacy, institutional racism, and white nationalism continue to be issues our communities of color face and our anglo communities must address. The church is to be a voice for justice and peace. We cannot be silent in the face of hate and injustice.
From our friends at Alban at Duke Divinity School:
Last month, faith leaders around the United States addressed their congregations who had watched the news coming from Charlottesville, Virginia. They had the privilege — and challenge — of helping people understand and interpret our society through the convictions of shared faith.
It is not the first time clergy and other congregational leaders have had to respond to a significant event as it was still unfolding. Each time it happens is an incredible responsibility, one that requires the clarity of conviction in the midst of the confusion of circumstances. Sermons that have been written have to be rewritten. Educational classes become public conversations. Worship becomes confession and lament, and we together recommit to work for justice, equality, and peace.
The issues that two days in Charlottesville again laid bare within our society — white supremacy, racism and injustice, violence and intimidation — these issues are not new. And they will not be quickly healed or remedied. Congregational leaders will, tragically, have many more opportunities to confront them and to address them from the heart of faith. Congregational leaders will be given the opportunity to remind their congregations of God’s deep hope for the world and our responsibility to be partners in pursuing it.
Our colleagues at Faith & Leadership have been collecting stories and learnings from Charlottesville and from other parts of the country, and we offer these resources to you to spark your imagination and remind you that you are not alone.
Jesus is calling us to pick up our cross (Sarah Thompson)
Reclaiming the power of lament (Dominique D. Gilliard)
Changing the way the church views racism (Drew G.I. Hart)
With love from C’ville (Elaine Ellis Thomas)
MDHA YOUTH COMMITTEE
COUNT ME IN DALLAS 2018
WHO: As members of a Street Outreach Team, YOU will help gather statistics on the LGBTQ youth vulnerable population.
WHAT: We will be following a method developed by Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS), in congruence with Housing & Urban Development (HUD) requirements; this method
proved successful in Austin.
WHEN: There will be two weekends, in conjunction with the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA) Point in Time (PIT) count
(1) Thursday, January 18 – Saturday, January 20
(2) Thursday, January 25 – Saturday, January 27
WHERE: Dallas County (e.g. Entertainment districts; strategic radiuses based off DISD’s homeless youth; DART stations)
WHY: This information will help formulate a strategic plan to connect our youth with better services and support.
HOW: To be a volunteer, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Training begins in October!
Featured Resources for September
Lutheran Disaster Response of the ELCA brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. Find resources for you and your congregation to get involved, spread the word, and help raise money for people affected by disasters. There are bulletin inserts, prayer guides, anniversary updates, situation reports, and more!
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How Is God Calling You Into the World?
Have you ever wondered about Public Ministry? Or Seminary? Or both?
Come visit the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and find out for yourself what life is like as a seminarian!
Seminary Sampler is a three-day event designed for those who want to immerse themselves in what it means to be a seminarian in Hyde Park. In addition to experiencing all the activities of an individual visit, Seminary Sampler participants meet other individuals discerning a call to ministry, enjoy a meal in Chicago’s vibrant Greektown neighborhood, engage in conversation with LSTC’s president, meet the faculty, sit in on classes, and spend time with current students.
Recent Blog Post
(https://www.ntnl.org/blessed/ – published Sep. 17)
Where in the world is?
- Sep. 25-29 – Conference of Bishop meetings, Chicago, IL
- Sep. 30 – Preaching the Funeral for B. I. Dahl, Trinity, Clifton
- Oct. 1 – Reformation Commemoration at Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas
- Oct. 1 – Installation of Jim Graeser as Senior Pastor, King of Glory, Dallas
- Sep. 25-27 – First Call Theological Education Fall Retreat, Camp Chrysalis
- Oct. 1-7 – Vacation
- Sep. 25-26 – Louisiana Interchurch Board Meeting, Alexandria, LA
- Sep. 28 – Meeting with African American congregations, Mount Olive, Dallas
- Sep. 30 – Stewardship Team “Venture Training,” Briarwood
- Sep. 25: Revisiting Luther’s 95 Theses (Luther Center of North Texas)
- Sep. 29-Oct. 1: Junior High Retreat
- Oct. 7: Briarwood Fall Festival and Thrivent Cooking for Christ Cook-off
- Oct. 7: Celebración de la Reforma
- Oct. 13-15: NT-NL SWO Fall Retreat
- Oct. 14: Public Witness Team monthly meeting
- Oct. 15-16: Harmony Conference
- Oct. 15-17: Bishop’s Convocation
- Oct. 20: Briarwood’s Golf Outing
- Oct. 20-22: LMM presents One Year to Live Men’s Retreat
- Oct. 21: PLMA, Fall 2017, Course 2
- Oct. 21: MEF “Seeds That Change” Dinner / Fundraiser
- Oct. 31: Brite Divinity School chapel service: Reformation with Bishop Gronberg
- Oct. 31: Looking Back & Called Forward: ELCA 500
Access our full online Calendar here. Updates made regularly.
Do you have news or announcements to share? Please submit to the Synod office (email@example.com) for consideration for our next NT-NL News.