Our ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has joined more than 90 national Christian leaders to form "The Circle of Protection." The group is asking to meet with presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to discuss “plans for offering help and opportunity to hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world.” The leaders emphasized that steps toward ending hunger and poverty “will require action by all sectors of society and by all the nations of the world.” The Circle of Protection is a coalition of diverse Christian leaders that advocates for hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world. The July 15 letter to the candidates can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2agyixy.
I will be representing the Virginia Synod at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans, August 8 to 13. Several lay members from the synod will attend, as well as Bishop Mauney and his staff. I look forward to bringing back news of ELCA ministries in this country and the world as well as ideas for how our congregations can be part of these efforts.
Please keep Linda Fox and her family in your prayers as we mourn the death of Chick. Thank you to all who have cared for the Fox family in such compassionate ways in recent days.
We cling to the present out of wariness of the past. And why not, after all? We get confused. We need such escape as we can find. But there is a deeper need yet, I think, and that is the need — not all the time, surely, but from time to time — to enter that still room within us all where the past lives on as a part of the present, where the dead are alive again, where we are most alive ourselves to turnings and to where our journeys have brought us. The name of the room is Remember — the room where with patience, with charity, with quietness of heart, we remember consciously to remember the lives we have lived. - Frederick Buechner