May 31, 2021
Weekly Update
announcements & events
Office Closed

The Synod Office is closed today, Monday, May 31.
On this Memorial Day, we remember, mourn, and give thanks for siblings in the military who gave their lives for justice, peace, and the freedom of our country and all nations.
Hidden Gems: Educational Tool for Combatting Anti-Asian Racism

The Association of Asians and Pacific Islanders - ELCA has created "Hidden Gems," an educational tool for combatting anti-Asian racism. Find it here:
2021-22 ELCA Hunger Advocacy Fellowships

Do you have the drive to help build ELCA World Hunger capacity to end hunger by deepening and expanding Lutheran advocacy efforts in synods, coalitions and networks?
ELCA Hunger Advocacy Fellowships are a great opportunity!
The application process is open to apply for three positions are at state public policy offices in Arizona, Minnesota and Texas AND one position with a strong communications focus is in D.C. alongside federal advocacy staff.
All positions are on the ELCA Job Board.
Q & A with Bishop Eaton - recording

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton offered the sermon for Lutherans Restoring Creation’s recent Good Shepherd Sunday service in celebration of Earth Day. The Board of Directors for Lutherans Restoring Creation, we were honored that she also accepted our request to take some follow-up questions collected by our network. 
Here are portions of their time with her that your are encouraged you to share with your congregation as these are questions we are all meant to wrestle with: Earth Day follow up
Worship Resources for
Upcoming Special Services

Find resources for your congregation to commemorate and celebrate:

Emmanuel Nine Commemoration (June 17)

Juneteenth Celebration (June 19)
Opportunities at Holden Village!

Come enjoy the wilderness with us, and invite your friends who have yet to experience the wonder that is Holden!

Modified Summer Program, July 12-September 4
Discover more about the changes for 2021 and register here:

Learn about volunteer/staff opportunities here:
Synod Meetings this Week:
Team members, check your inbox for info & zoom links.

Synod Office Closed
Monday, May 31

Transition Ministers
Tuesday, June 1 at 1pm

The LiVE Project Team
Tuesday, June 1 at 2pm

Synod Staff Meeting
Wednesday, June 2 at 12noon
Pacific Lutheran University's
Summer Series in Pastoral Theology

Join colleagues and fellow congregational leaders in this year's virtual Summer Series in Pastoral Theology: Ministry in a Secular Age, featuring Dr. Andrew Root of Luther Seminary. Dr. Root will be facilitating the following conversations (all at 3:30pm Pacific, via Zoom):

"The Pastor in a Secular Age" on Tuesday, June 1st
"The Congregation in a Secular Age" on Tuesday, June 8th

You are invited to register for one or all three sessions.
Register for one or all of these offerings HERE
Anti-Racism Learning Lab presents
Surveying the Basics of White Supremacy Culture

Six weekly practice sessions, Wednesdays 5-6pm, beginning June 2.

Learn about 15 characteristics of White Supremacy Culture. Explore how the characteristics show up in your life and organizations. Discover possibilities for practicing a new way of being. Hosted by Emmaus Table Anti-Racism Leadership Group at 7400 Woodlawn.
Ordination of Luke Morgan Allgeyer

Sunday, June 13, 10:30am

We are delighted to celebrate the ordination of Word and Service Candidate, Luke Morgan Allgeyer. Luke has been called to serve as a chaplain at Providence Hospice of Seattle.
While the service will take place (with limited attendees!) at Columbia City Church of Hope in Seattle, you may join by zoom here.
Suicide Intervention Training

John and Shirley Swanson, members of our synod, are certified LivingWorks trainers and are hosting a 2-day suicide intervention workshop (ASIST) at the Stanwood American Legion June 16-17, 8AM-4PM.
Participants must attend both days to complete the training and receive a certificate. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a world renowned training that is highly interactive that builds suicide intervention skills and confidence. During the course of the two days participants will learn how to recognize those who may have thoughts of suicide, how to ask clearly, directly and non-judgmentally about thoughts of suicide, and how to work with a person to create safety from suicide.

Veterans and their family members, as well as those who work with Veterans, have first priority, but the training is open to anyone. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register email (note the period after ASIST).

The trainers are waiving their fee, but there is a $50 fee to cover the cost of materials that can be paid at check in. We are limiting attendance to 25 participants. ASIST is a CEU-eligible training recognized by many agencies. More information about ASIST, CEUs and other LivingWorks programs can be viewed at
Adult Lutherans Organized for Action Webinar:
Grandparents in Mission

June 17, 2021 – 9am (Pacific)
Grandparenting these days is much more than looking for ways to spoil our grandchildren! Rev. Dr. Peter Meier of the Florida-Georgia District, LCMS joins us to explore how grandparents can see and understand their role spiritually and how we can pass on our faith and influence the spiritual life of our grandchildren. He'll share ideas, resources and mission opportunities for grandparents. Register HERE. Find out more and check out our previous webinars & resources at
Welcome Summer – Welcome Wild! 

Saturday, June 19, 9am to 12noon  
(Optional social time Friday 6:30pm-8pm)

Join Emmaus Table at 7400 Woodlawn for a restoring experience honoring creation as a spiritual practice.
The morning will include both Zoom time and outdoor time in a setting of your choice.
United States of Grace with author Lenny Duncan

Wednesday, June 23, 6pm online

The author of Dear Church, the Pastor of Jubilee Collective in Vancouver, Washington, and active in various other religious and social good works, Lenny Duncan has his own story to tell in his newest book, United States of Grace: A Memoir of Homelessness, Addiction, Incarceration, and Hope (Broadleaf Books). Rev. Duncan will appear in conversation with Rev. Tim Phillips, Lead Pastor at Seattle First Baptist Church.

“Lenny Duncan weaves together history and memoir in a book rooted in journeys across the beautiful and bruising landscape of the United States, where the pointed stare of a Black mama at the Greyhound station and a voice whispering sobriety at a Grateful Dead show become ciphers of ordinary grace. In this astounding book that is both fierce and generous, jagged and hopeful, Duncan makes space for the thorny topography of addiction, freedom, sexuality, despair, and race, refusing to flatten the path for our comfort. Instead, he invites us to walk with him, to see what he sees, to inhabit the adventure and heartbreak of a Black life in a country built for Black destruction. A book written with tenderness and joy, United States of Grace points us toward prophetic signposts of what is possible for America, if we have the courage to imagine it together. --Melissa Florer-Bixler.

This event is hosted by Elliot Bay Books and attendees must register through the Elliot Bay Website:
Want an item included?
Email Susan Berg, Communications Administrator
All items due by 2pm on the prior Thursday

Northwest Washington Synod / ELCA
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Seattle, WA 98103