Share your stories of a congregation’s death bringing life to others or of the death of something in your congregation leading to new life. Send 300 words or less by Nov. 28 by email or to Sonia C. Solomonson, The Lutheran, 8765 W. Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL 60631.
At one time or another in our lives we all face situations beyond our control. Our responses range from meeting such challenges head-on to total avoidance.
Congregations are no different. Today many churches across the country face decline—even death. How do we deal with this challenge? Where does the ELCA find hope for the future?
Star Trek’s James T. Kirk was my hero when I was a boy. His passion for exploration and the uniting of all inhabited planets throughout the galaxy touched me deeply. Although the TV series died, it later returned as feature motion pictures.
The second film’s primary theme had to do with life and death. Early in the film, Starfleet Academy cadets are thrust into a simulation known as the “Kobayashi Maru.” Each cadet is alerted that a crippled vessel, the Kobayashi Maru, is floating flaccidly in nearby unsafe territory. If the cadets proceed, they’ll soon encounter their enemy, the Klingons, and must choose options by which to outmaneuver them.
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