The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Time to listen

I sense weariness, impatience among us

As presiding bishop, I take listening to this church seriously. My visits to the 65 synods the past two years provided such an opportunity. Yet, it left me increasingly concerned that what I call the ELCA's diverse center feels it is not being heard.

I speak of those who know we need to work together to proclaim Christ. They see our church increasingly defined by the questions that divide us rather than the faith that unites us. From this diverse middle I sense weariness and impatience with a church that seems to move from one controversial issue to the next but in the process seems to be losing its moorings as a Christ- centered community of faith.

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