The Cross at the Center: the Faith of Lutheran Christians – 2019 Teaching Series

Announcing the Bishop’s Teaching Series for 2019:

The Cross at the Center: the Faith of Lutheran Christians
A four-part series on central aspects of Christian faith, designed for pastors, laypeople, and anyone interested in what makes us Lutheran.

The Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin, Bishop of the Southwest California Synod, ELCA

Saturday, April 13

Reading the Bible the Lutheran Way: The Bible as source, not object of our faith – now available on Youtube!

What is the Bible, Anyway?: The Cross at the Center, Session 1 Part 1
The Use and Misuse of Scripture: The Cross at the Center Session 1, Part 2

Saturday, May 11

God, Jesus, and the Spirit: Lutheran ways of understanding and speaking of God

Saturday, June 8

The Church We Believe In: Lutheran teachings about the church and its ministry

Saturday, July 13

Setting Our Moral Compass: Lutheran views of life, work, money, and relationships

Second Saturdays from Noon to 2 p.m.

The Lutheran Center
1300 E. Colorado Street
Glendale, CA 91205

Each session includes two 40 minute lectures and ample breaks for questions and discussion. The base classes will be held at The Lutheran Center in Glendale and are open to anyone; opportunity for simultaneous livestreaming to congregations around the synod will be provided.

Ask your pastor to host a screening in your congregation; invite your friends and neighbors!

Participating Congregations

Ascension Lutheran Church
1600 East Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA
(805) 495-0406

Christ Lutheran Church, Long Beach
6500 E. Stearns St.
Long Beach,CA
(562) 598-2433

Emmanuel Lutheran Church
6020 Radford Ave.
North Hollywood, CA
(818) 761-6124

Lutheran Church in the Foothills
1700 Foothill Blvd.
La Canada, CA
(818) 248-4253

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
4380 Orcutt Rd.
Santa Maria, CA
(805) 937-3905

The Church of Hope
17866 Sierra Highway, #5
Canyon Country, CA
(661) 298-3890


  1. Catherine schureman says

    Can I possible ever speak with the Bishop? I realize he is a very busy man. I also would like more information about his upcoming classes. What time does it start on April 13th?
    I am a member of the Ascension Lutheran church in Thousand Oaks. Thank you

    • Samantha Henderson says

      The lecture series begins at noon each second Saturday. If you’d like to make an appointment to speak to Bishop, please call the synod office at (818) 507-9591.

  2. Scott Peterson says

    How do I set up access to the livestream?

    • Samantha Henderson says

      We’ll be sending out that information ASAP!

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