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Bishop Michael Rinehart

The 2022 ELCA Churchwide Assembly

The ELCA Churchwide Assembly is the primary decision-making body of this church body. This assembly gathers every three years. Voting members are chosen locally from across the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. There will be around 900... Continue Reading →

A Ride through the Ohio Woods

August 2022 meant the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Columbus, Ohio. To add spice to a very long meeting, Bishop Jim Hazelwood proposed a little 200-mile ride from Cleveland to Columbus on the Ohio to Erie Trail (OTET). About 50 miles... Continue Reading →

The Quadriga

How does one interpret Scripture? How does one arrive at the “true” or “accurate” meaning? I propose that there is not such thing. The very assumption betrays an arrogant mentality, that there is one and only one meaning, and we... Continue Reading →

The Installation of Pastor Ele Clay for Augustana Lutheran Church in Houston

Bishop’s Associate Tracey Breashears Schultz welcoming the congregation. Allen Grubbs (piano), Leibe Almanza, Cynae Brown, and PastorAustin Nickel kicked it as musicians. Pastor Anthony Chatman, Hosanna Lutheran Church in Houston preached Bishop’s Associte Chris Markert and Assisting Minister Taylor Rivera... Continue Reading →

Enslaved by our Freedom

June 26, 2022 is Proper 8, Pentecost 3C. 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 – Elijah parts the water so that Elijah and Elisha walk across the Jordan on dry ground. Elijah taken to heaven by a fiery chariot in a wind... Continue Reading →

The Ordination of Clayton Shea Faulkner to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament

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