The Virginia Synod Assembly ended this morning, just before noon. It
was a memorable event during which we were challenged and inspired by
bold preachers and presenters. I was especially intrigued by the
words of the Rev. Rafael Malpica-Padilla, the ELCA's Director of
Global Mission, who encouraged us to see the Lutheran church not only
in local terms but also as a church that is active around the world.
This morning, we elected a new bishop, the Rev. Bob Humphrey of
Muhlenberg Lutheran Church in Harrisonburg VA. We had a number of
fine candidates, which is why it took five ballots to get a bishop
Ask our assembly representatives Marty Holliday, Diane Geissler and
Billy Motley about their experiences this weekend when you see them!