The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Upbeat stories rule this month

With one sobering exception

Good news merits noting. This issue of The Lutheran certainly does that, perhaps through a subliminal scheduling of articles that deliver comfort in these trying times.

At least seven articles highlight something positive being done by ELCA members. From seniors rallying in the Phoenix sun ("Rally in the Valley") and outreach to students in Tacoma, Wash., ("Hope from the top of the hill") and Rwanda ("Watching youth bloom") to a month of potluck dinners in support of ELCA World Hunger ("Dishin' for hunger") and pastors holding forth at an Iowa pub ("Baseball, biking & buffalo"), this edition is particularly upbeat.

And why not? Winter's finally over, the Great Recession shows signs of receding and the number of letters and e-mails about the 2009 Churchwide Assembly's decisions on sexuality is ebbing. Diehard letter readers needn't despair, however. There are still plenty of other things to argue about (Letters: "Look to what is new, different").

The magazine itself received a boost from Joshua Price of Paradise [Calif.] Lutheran Church. He used his modest honorarium for the article he wrote about a semi-residential spiritual community at his church (February, "Called to the table") to buy a congregational group subscription to The Lutheran.

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