St. Paul Area Synod News

From Presiding Bishop Eaton:

We Are to be Bold
In her September/October column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. She says that the actions taken reflect the belief that God desires abundant life for all, that people are created equally in the image of God, and that we are commanded to welcome the stranger and care for children.
This church had a meeting in August. We gathered in Milwaukee for the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. We were filled with anticipation and excitement—what would unfold during the assembly? How would we be inspired by worship and Bible study? How would we be challenged? What new insight into the work of the church would we receive? It turned out to be quite a week….
Some say that a gathering of well-meaning people got a little carried away and entangled the church in impossibly naïve and dangerously political issues—calling out patriarchy, denouncing racial inequity, establishing a new commemoration for the church calendar, becoming a “sanctuary denomination,” being a little too open to inter-religious commitments. Others say that a gathering of well-meaning people took decisions that were too timid, that didn’t go nearly far enough to address and act on significant issues in society and within the church. It seems as if they are reporting on two different events. 
Read the full column at Living Lutheran.
Bega Kwa Bega Fall Festival
Saturday, November 9 - 8:30 am-12:30 pm | Shepherd of the Hills, Shoreview
Join us to celebrate our relationship with the church in Tanzania, learn what we've accomplished together and dream about the future we share!
There's no cost to attend and you don't even need to register—just show up! This year’s event is centered in the acts of speaking and listening. Whether you are well-versed in the BKB network of relationship or are relatively new, there is a place for you. Your voice and your experience matter; please come and share. Karibu sana. You are warmly welcome! 
ELCA World Hunger
Over five years, your generous gifts helped raise more than $115 million for ELCA World Hunger through "Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA." Thanks to you, the church has been able to do more together in the fight to end hunger and poverty. Watch the thank-you video below to see how our denomination is addressing hunger around the world and here in the United States. To learn more, visit
Visiting Bishop from the Holy Land
The Saint Paul Area Synod will host Munib Younan, Bishop Emeritus of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land on October 18-20. You are welcome to attend a variety of public events at which he will be speaking or preaching. Bishop Younan served the ELCJHL during 1998-2018. Born in Jerusalem, he has also chaired the Board of Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem, the Middle East Council of Churches and was president of the Lutheran World Federation from 2010 to 2017.
  • Friday, October 18th - 10:00 am, Saint Paul Area Synod Bishop Patricia Lull will host a coffee and conversation gathering at Christ on Capitol Hill. This meeting will be in the Reque Lounge. The church is located at 105 University Ave. West, St. Paul.
  • Sunday, October 20, Bishop Younan will preach during Galilee Lutheran's 9:30 am worship service. The church is located at 145 N. McCarrons Blvd. in Roseville. Bishop Younan will also speak during the Minnesota Faith Chinese service at 11:00 am, also located at Galilee Lutheran.
For more information, contact the synod office at 651.224.4313 or
Rising Strong Workshop
Saturday, November 9 - 9:00 am-2:00 pm | All Saints, Cottage Grove
Rising Strong, a workshop based on the research of Brené Brown, addresses these questions:
  • Do you want to have more joy, gratitude, contentment, authenticity, courage, calm, and creativity in your life?
  • Would you like to have more compassion and acceptance of yourself and others?
  • Do you need help getting back up after a fall, disappointment or setback in a personal or professional setting?
  • Are you going through any transitions or new chapters in your life?
  • Would you like to learn positive, proactive tools and strategies to live a more fulfilling, wholehearted and empowered life?
The session will be facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Jules Erickson. Registration is $50 per person. Bring your own lunch and food to share. Learn more.