January 30, 2017

As Christian leaders and Bishops of the Church of God who live and minister in a state marked by wide religious and ethnic diversity, we wish to express our clear opposition to President Donald Trump's Executive Order issued on Friday, January 27, 2017 titled "Protecti...

October 12, 2016

For more than three decades Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Old Tappan has been participating in the annual CROP Walk in Bergen County, New Jersey.  CROP, an activity of the organization Church World Service, stands for “communities responding to overcome poverty.”...

October 12, 2016

There's no doubt that this is an exciting and sometimes even scary time to be the church. Change is happening

all around. Old models of ministry are being set aside, and some are experimenting with new ways of engaging in Christ's mission in their context. How can we wo...

August 31, 2016

From Rev. Mona Fitch-Elliott (St. John, Jersey City):

Bishop Eaton presided with humor and flair and I was glad to be there.

We chose Vice President, Bill Horne, 

and a new ELCA era was born.

With Black Churches and Catholic Churches, immigrant children and the Native nati...

August 24, 2016

For many, the summer can be a care-free and leisurely time, as children take time away from school and the warm and sunny weather carries our minds to the shore. But for children who receive free and reduced lunch, the summer can be a time of wondering about how they c...

August 16, 2016

On August 8 – 14, sixteen voting members from across the NJ Synod joined almost one thousand other voting members in our Churchwide Assembly (CWA).  Held in New Orleans, we spent the week worshiping, listening to reports of the work we do together, meeting sisters and...

December 16, 2015

You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt (Deuteronomy 10:19) 


Steadfast love is about God; God acts in steadfast love – in hesed – toward his people. We do not “live up to” God’s expectations. Our treatment of others, the migrant, t...

Editor’s Note: Below you’ll find an article from two young people from Bethlehem Lutheran in Dorothy, Gabriella and Isabella DeStefano. In it, they articulate something that I witnessed after worshipping with them: how the Sunday School at Bethlehem is an amazing witne...

Rumors, politics on three issues at odds with true discernment

At a Conference of Bishops meeting a few years after the 2009 Churchwide Assembly, bishops shared some of the most outrageous suspicions they had heard about the churchwide office. One bishop said a woman fr...

June 10, 2015

Build Us Up, Lord!

Thank you to all who planned, attended, and participated in our assembly this year.  Beginning with worship on Thursday, June 4, our synod gathered for prayer, conversation, deliberation, and inspiration under the theme, Build Us Up, Lord!  What follo...

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