In the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we feed the hungry as we have been fed by Christ. In 2016, our synod became a Reconciling in Christ Synod. We welcome with full participation and inclusion all who are seeking God’s love and grace. We welcome all because God welcomes all, regardless of race or culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship status. We welcome all without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances, or anything that too often divides us. Our unity is in Jesus Christ.
Launched in April 2021, our new logo (called The Diversity Tree — above right) reimagines a tree in the shape of a heart. Its many different leaves — like the diverse members of a community — are fed by a sturdy trunk and the cross of Christ, representative of our understanding of the word of God. This, in turn, is nourished below by the water of our baptism — water which can also be seen as that of the Susquehanna River.
As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. With our hands, we do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus Christ’s name throughout the world.
We are a church whose unity is in Jesus Christ, who gathers us around word and water, wine and bread. Because we are grounded in God’s love and forgiveness, we are equipped to live and serve here and now, in the world, with all its complexities, tensions and ambiguities.
As a synod, we live into our calling by equipping leaders, encouraging cooperation, and engaging in new mission.