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LETTERS


Demystifying millennials “The millennial mystery” article (December 2017, page 14) is one of the best I’ve read on the subject that seems to be mystifying Lutheran congregations and others as young people continue to absent our churches. … The article also gives some encouraging solutions. … Millennials love social action projects in the community and worldwide. … So why don’t they come to our churches? Maybe we need to come to them and discover their basic needs and wants. The Rev. M. Laurel Gray El Cajon, Calif.


Longtime reader I’m writing to express my thanks for the September (2017) issue of Living Lutheran (longtime reader, first-time writer). I loved the focus on food and faith and the very useful recipes, as well as interesting and educational articles like “Hospitality by the pint” (page 26) and “The secret life of dairy workers” (page 32). I appreciated the diversity of your take on food and faith. Lisa Smith Fiegel Anchorage, Alaska


In appreciation I have greatly appreciated the quality of your magazine. The articles are full, informative and often challenging for our life in the faith. I have especially enjoyed the “I’m a Lutheran” series. If only every member of the ELCA could contribute one of these articles! Charles Horn Kenton, Ohio


Gratitude Thank you for the many informative articles and human-interest stories presented each month. This month, I’m especially grateful for Stephanie N. Grimoldby’s article, “When a Lutheran pastor asked a Muslim doctor to share his story” (November 2017, page 32). Living in a pluralistic country, yet


On the cover English as a Second Language class held at the community center of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Charleston, S.C.


Looking for stories from this issue on livinglutheran.org? Articles from the print issue (as well as other new content) are uploaded daily to the site throughout the month.


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often observing negativity toward other religions, it is heartening to read of Pastor Mandy France’s courage as an intern to educate herself and the congregation regarding Islam. She and Dr. Ayaz Virji, though facing backlash and criticism, didn’t give up. With their story being shared in Living Lutheran, your readers are reminded of the power of love and the importance of doing what is right in the face of fear and discrimination. I am one grateful reader! Vivian Elaine Johnson Irvine, Calif.


“A life of thanksgiving,” November 2017 Awesome article ... it would be great if we all did each commit to a cause that is bigger than ourselves! Brenda Passmore


These words resonate: Our faith is not passive, private and privileged. But rather, our faith is proactive, public and powerful. Norma Fredrickson


“Sanctuary at University Lutheran,” November 2017 Thank you for highlighting this wonderful ministry! God is there in the midst. Syd Brinkman


“A great part of my emotion was fear.”... An old saying goes, “If you’re not afraid, you’re not human.” Larry Stenzel


Comments, thoughts, feedback … Our editors would love to hear from you. For email, please include your name, city and state. Livinglutheran@elca.org facebook.com/ELCALivingLutheran @LivingLutheran


All letters are subject to editing.


Living Lutheran magazine belongs to the people of the ELCA in all our diversity. The magazine:


• Nurtures awareness of Christ’s presence in our lives and the world.


• Shares stories of God’s people living their faith. • Connects us with the global Christian community. • Provides an open forum for discussion. • Challenges us to bring God’s grace and care to all.


VOICES OF FAITH


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