Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, lifts up the work of The Homeless Remembrance Blanket Project
MISSION PRIORITIES:Equipping Leaders, Encouraging Cooperation, Engaging in New Mission
Key synod efforts include …
Fostering Spiritual Wellness
Walking together as baptized children of God, we share responsibility for faithfully focusing our lives on Christ and deepening our connection to the Holy Spirit. We accompany one another in nurturing spiritually healthy relationships with God, each other, and the world.
We are called to identify, raise up, and equip Christ-centered leaders for the sake of the gospel. From faith formation in the first third of life to vocational call for both rostered and lay leaders, we accompany God’s people in discerning ways to live out their baptismal identity.
Christ calls us to nurture congregations whose faith shines in our relationships with God, each other, and our community. We support congregations in naming their identity and responding to God’s invitation to participate in the mission of Christ’s church.
As part of the larger church, we intentionally accompany our partners in Christ across the world through mutual prayer, relationship, and shared learning. We engage in global partnerships to share our common humanity and life of faith.
Growing Justice Outreach
We believe that each person is created in the image of God. Jesus calls us to be a diverse and inclusive church caring deeply for all children of God. Loving our neighbor means seeking justice and equity where it is absent by addressing harmful prejudice and the exclusion of traditionally marginalized people. We seek to deepen understanding, listen with respect, and partner in advocacy as diverse communities to build a culturally competent church.
We practice Gospel-centered hospitality, meeting people where they are, as they are. Recognizing we are all created in God’s image, we celebrate the richness in community by encouraging genuine, loving, Christ-like relationships.
Lower Susquehanna Synod is where the hungry are fed as we have been fed by Christ. We welcome all because God welcomes all.