Watch: A conversation with Bishop Eaton
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What does God’s justice really look like?
Where is the Lutheran church (ELCA) these days in getting churches to “look like” the American population as a whole — in terms of people of color? How is the church working to discover and train qualified people of color for future leadership?
How is the call process working out for women candidates? And for LGBTQ candidates?
What is the status of the mental and spiritual health of clergy and other rostered leaders, especially long-term leaders?
What are new models of ministry in process for communities and regions where many congregations can no longer afford a full time pastor?
These and a few other questions were topics of discussion when Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton took part in a conversation session at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) Friday, October 17, 2014. In the audience were seminarians, alumni, and others.
President David Lose introduced Bishop Eaton, who was elected the denomination’s fourth Presiding Bishop at the churchwide assembly in 2013 in Pittsburgh. She was the keynoter at the seminary’s 150th Anniversary Gala Banquet the evening before. Lose explained the “day after” session was designed to be a less formal opportunity for give and take with the bishop. Moderator for the occasion was the Rev. Annemarie Hartner Cook, a 2007 graduate of LTSP and pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Maple Shade, New Jersey.
“Tune in to” the conversation video below. You can hear Hartner Cooke describe unfolding plans for the 2015 Alumni Convocation next April, and you can also hear Bishop Eaton describe the four current emphases for the denomination that celebrate 1) We are Church, 2) We are Lutheran, 3) We are Church together, and 4) We are Church for the sake of the world God so loves.
The “Conversation with the Bishop” was one of the final anniversary celebratory events. A community picnic was held on the campus at 5:00 pm.
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