The heart of the Christian faith is rooted in call by Jesus to love our neighbors. To love each other well requires a willingness to listen and learn from one another so that we can see how God is at work in our neighbor and create a world that truly honors their life. This class…

Community at The Corner House has traditionally been formed around cooking and eating meals together and escaping into the quiet rhythms of drawing, knitting, and other forms of making art. This year, we are taking our creativity and community online with twice a month cooking and crafting classes on Sunday afternoons. Crafting materials and cooking…

“The most important commandment,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.” Love,…

This fall we will have Bible study and bonfires as we gather on the front patio of The Corner House on Monday nights at 6:30. When the weather grows colder, we will meet indoors with an online option. Artwork, music, meditation, time in nature, and sacred writings will help us consider what we believe and…

God’s presence is all around us – every step and every breath – but daily life is full of distractions that keep us from seeing and feeling God with us. In worship, we wake up to the deeper truth in which we live. We stop and remember in word and song and silence and prayer…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:  Pardeep Singh Kaleka, Executive Director, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee (414-364-6263) April 8, 2020 WISCONSIN FAITH LEADERS RESPOND TO COVID-19 CLOSURES As faith leaders in Wisconsin, we have chosen to demonstrate our love of neighbors by closing our doors during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In some cases, our moratorium on all public…

Friends in Christ: As many of you know, the federal government has recently adopted legislation, called the CARES Act, which provides significant financial relief to individuals, families, and businesses coping with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and the related temporary closure of businesses, schools, and places of worship. Included in this act are several…

Dear Friends in Christ: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. (Psalm 46:1-3) We are living in…

Dear friends in Christ: We are slowly beginning to realize that we are experiencing something unlike anything we have seen in recent years. The spread of the novel Coronavirus, now labeled as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, has caused many to reevaluate our thoughts and actions. A week ago, I was thinking…

Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love. Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their…

As we have all watched the news recently and seen the spread of a novel coronavirus, COVID- 19, around the world, many people have expressed concerns over this disease and the potential for it to disrupt our normal, daily lives. As the church, we are called to not give into fear, but to equip ourselves…

Those of you who follow me on Facebook may know that I spent the first two weeks of November in Guatemala for a Global Mission consultation, and in Mexico for a vacation with my wife, Lynn, as we prepare to mark our 25th wedding anniversary. As I walked the streets of Antigua, Guatemala, tapping into…

A Pastoral Message on the Immigration Crisis Bishop Paul D. Erickson July 11, 2019 (Spanish translation below) Every day, it seems the headlines reveal a new dimension of the ongoing crisis regarding immigrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees. While many of our leaders may want to use these issues to increase their political appeal to their supporters,…

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Outreach for Hope Board of Directors announces Tim Larson’s resignation as Executive Director. While it is sad to lose a dedicated colleague, we share in Tim’s excitement as he prepares to join the Development team at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Tim’s last…

Perplexed. Terrified. Amazed. These words from Luke’s account of the resurrection remind us that the road we walk this holiest of weeks is not to be domesticated. Oh, we try, we follow the well-worn paths of liturgical customs, we carefully plan and prepare and practice, and we think we have got this annual exploration of…

Dear friends: You may recall that I sent a message on March 11 regarding the process surrounding the replacement document for Vision and Expectations, entitled Trustworthy Servants of the People of God. This letter indicated that there was a brief comment period open, during which I received comments from eight rostered ministers in our synod….

ELCA Primary Health Plan Members Getting Jump Start on Earning 2019 Wellness Dollars For those of you who are on the ELCA Primary Health Plan and have not started earning your wellness dollars you can start today and join the 29% of eligible plan members and 19% of eligible spouses who have already begun using…

Outreach for Hope is again offering Lenten Devotions in 2019. Please join us as we embark upon the 2019 Lenten season with 40 thought-provoking devotions themed  Hope for the Journey. In keeping with our Outreach for Hope vision, that strong, vibrant ministries will be centers of HOPE in the midst of every community challenged by…

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