Resources for Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Arrival of the First Enslaved Africans to North America

  On August 25th, many churches and communities will be marking this quad-centennial of “Landing Day,”  a tragic event that ushered in four centuries of slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, and racism which persists today. The ELCA continues to grapple with its complicity in these injustices. The congregations of the Southwest California Synod

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YOU ARE A VITAL CONGREGATION OF OUR SYNOD! (Part 3 – Love Your Neighbor)

by Rev. Marj Funk-Pihl, Director for Evangelical Mission, SWCA Synod Love is best when its mutual. Right? During our June synod assembly, I asked everyone to describe how your congregation loved and served its neighbors. 72 of those present wrote about a congregationally supported feeding program. Great!! Today I want

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You are a vital congregation of our synod! (Part 2 – Love One Another)

by Rev. Marj Funk-Pihl, Director for Evangelical Mission, SWCA Synod Which method of communication to you use MOST OFTEN to get the word out about events and volunteer opportunities in your congregation? Announcements, newsletter, and bulletin articles. Intentional conversations between friends. During Synod assembly this past June, I asked folks

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Refugee Stories: “I’m terrified that my son and I will be killed if we are deported”

The plight of refugees and migrants from South America grows more drastic and their fate more uncertain. Refugee Stories are testimonies from children, adults, and families, gathered by the Salvadorean Lutheran Church, our companion synod in El Salvador, and CARECEN, an organization working to change the immigration system, win legal

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Refugee Stories: “They killed my brother less than a year after he was deported”

The plight of refugees and migrants from South America grows more drastic and their fate more uncertain. Refugee Stories are testimonies from children, adults, and families, gathered by the Salvadorean Lutheran Church, our companion synod in El Salvador, and CARECEN, an organization working to change the immigration system, win legal

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Refugee Stories: “I was terrified but I knew I had to save my children’s lives”

The plight of refugees and migrants from South America grows more drastic and their fate more uncertain. Refugee Stories are testimonies from children, adults, and families, gathered by the Salvadorean Lutheran Church, our companion synod in El Salvador, and CARECEN, an organization working to change the immigration system, win legal

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Refugee Stories: “He shot and killed my mother in front of all of us”

The plight of refugees and migrants from South America grows more drastic and their fate more uncertain. Refugee Stories are testimonies from children, adults, and families, gathered by the Salvadorean Lutheran Church, our companion synod in El Salvador, and CARECEN, an organization working to change the immigration system, win legal

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Refugee Stories: Jose’s Story

The plight of refugees and migrants from South America grows more drastic and their fate more uncertain. Refugee Stories are testimonies from children, adults, and families, gathered by the Salvadorean Lutheran Church, our companion synod in El Salvador, and CARECEN, an organization working to change the immigration system, win legal

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Refugee Stories: Jasmine’s Story

The plight of refugees and migrants from South America grows more drastic and their fate more uncertain. Refugee Stories are testimonies from children, adults, and families, gathered by the Salvadorean Lutheran Church, our companion synod in El Salvador, and CARECEN, an organization working to change the immigration system, win legal

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