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Metropolitan Chicago, June 9-10, Tinley Park, Ill. With the theme “Yesterday, Today, and Forever,” the synod welcomed Thomas A. Baima, archdiocesan vicar for ecumenical and interreligious affairs, Archdiocese of Chicago, who brought greetings from Cardinal Blase Cupich. He spoke about the synod and archdiocese renewing the covenant they made in 1989, and the service on Reformation Day that will be held at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago (renewingcovenant.com).—Jeff Drake


Team-hosted talk by Reggie Williams of McCormick Seminary, Chicago, drawing from his insights on German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s encounter with the Harlem Renaissance; and a resolution to use constitutions to clarify insistent welcome to all. —Karen Krueger


Montana, June 2-4, Great Falls, Mont. (montanasynod.org).Participants celebrated their mission to “Promote Unity.” Kathryn Schifferdecker, a professor at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., preached and Michael Trice, a professor at Seattle University, gave the keynote address, reminding participants that even though Christians might disagree with each other right now and we are surrounded by disunity, unity is already ours in Christ. We are all already members of the one body. Synod-supported ministries also shared their efforts to serve the world, deepen faith and witness, and promote unity. —Jen Kunka


Nebraska, June 1-3, Kearney, Neb.Looking to the example of Martin Luther’s beverage stein, participants engaged in ways to drink deeply of their faith in commemoration of the Reformation. Participants heard Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s compelling words, were educated and challenged by St. Olaf College professor Anthony Bateza’s keynote speeches, and learned about the synod’s ministries through a hands-on “Ministry Fair.”—Brenda Rivas


With permission of Concordia Publishing House, the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod Assembly had a bit of social media fun at a photo op celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.


Metropolitan Washington, D.C., June 16-17, Leesburg, Va. (metrodcelca.org). We’re more connected yet feel more disconnected than ever—“God has something to say about that. We’ve work to do,” said Phil Hirsch, director for evangelical mission, when introducing a synod campaign to make “New Connections.” The assembly accepted not only formal goals to reach new neighbors but also inspiration from a new Swahili-speaking synodically authorized worshiping community; a Racial Equity


New England, June 9-10, Springfield, Mass.This year’s theme for both the assembly and annual appeal is “Get Off Your Donkey,” encouraging members to act like the good Samaritan. Gabi Aelabouni, churchwide representative and Fund for Leaders director, treated the crowd to an inspiring presentation that had the crowd responding, “We are the church!” Daryl Lobban of the Mass Council of Churches preached at Friday night’s festival eucharist service. A dozen workshops and more than 30 exhibitors provided attendees with continuing education opportunities and information on many ways to get off their donkeys. —Martha Whyte


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