Trish and Dave Take a Hike: Which is better, the hard road or the easy one? Looking up or looking inward? And what DOES Dave have in that ridiculous bag anyway? Join in on Trish and Dave's stream of consciousness hike!
The 2021 Northwest Intermountain Synod Assembly was held Saturday and Sunday the 24th-25th. The assembly was conducted via Zoom with Bishop Kristen Kuempel presiding. Pastor Dave Deckard, Carol Liese-Rodriguez, and Andy Giacomazzi attended from Shepherd of the Valley.
The Assembly was fairly placid compared to many. The assembled members voted for clergy and lay representatives to fill various synod committees, council positions, and representatives to the national convention. Those positions can be found here: https://nwimsynod.org/2021assembly-elections
The only resolution debated was a memorial to the member churches of our synod to discuss and show concern for climate change, using resources available in the wider church, particularly one called “Carbon Pricing Basics”. Some debate arose over the appropriateness and efficacy of the resolution, but a slightly-amended version passed by a 70-30 margin. The text of the resolution can be found here: https://nwimsynod.org/2021assembly-resolutions The amendment included language about faithfully discussing these matters in the context of congregational education.
The assembly also heard from representatives of the national church, plus advocates for various regional and national ministries, including seminaries, service organizations, and campus ministries.
Of particular interest to Shepherd of the Valley may be a regional coalition helping folks in Oregon and Washington whose towns have been devastated by wildfires. Watch for continuing news about that opportunity as the summer progresses, as well as educational opportunities to learn about and discuss climate change and other important issues in the fall.
We tend to think of unity as other people becoming like us. What if love binds us together no matter who we are and how we think?
Do pets go to heaven when they die? Pastor Dave answers a question that's been worrying church people unnecessarily for years.
Ep. 115 - Jesus appears to his disciples and has to convince them that he's not a ghost. Justin and Dave suggest that sometimes our fears cause us to believe in things that are familiar, but unreal, instead of seeing the beauty-filled life right before our eyes.
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Trish and Dave go on a shopping adventure to find that passing on a gift to the world is just as awesome as owning that gift yourself. Watch them model their new clothes in a fashion show!
We talk about the resurrection, but how much change does it REALLY make in our lives? Likely not as much as it should.
Why did Jesus have to die and what did his death show about our relationship to God? A big, complex subject gets distilled to two minutes or less!
Trish isn't feeling well. Dave is having a down day too. Can faith persevere even in our not-so-great days? The dynamic duo find out.
What happens when "Seeing is Believing" isn't adequate? God responds to fill the gap.