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The Bridge is a monthly congregational resource from the Southeastern Minnesota Synod office. It can be used in church bulletins, newsletters, council meetings, and small groups!

Here’s a link to the 2017 Bridge calendar!  We hope each month’s edition of this resource in the year ahead will be practical, helpful, and easy to implement into to the life of your congregation. The 2017 “What is?” series will provide insight into the core functions of our Southeastern Minnesota Synod.

April 2017: Synod Assembly: What is it?

Click here for the PDF format (As an alternative, you are invited to copy and paste the text below directly into your bulletin, newsletter, or social media platform.) 2017 Synod Assembly: What is it?  By Rev. Emily Carson carson@semnsynod.org The people of … Continue reading


March 2017: What is the Faith Formation Network?

Click here for the PDF format (As an alternative, you are invited to copy and paste the text below directly into your bulletin, newsletter, or social media platform.) The Faith Formation Network: What is it? By Rev. Emily Carson carson@semnsynod.org One of … Continue reading


February 2017: What is Candidacy?

Click here for the PDF format (As an alternative, you are invited to copy and paste the text below directly into your bulletin, newsletter, or social media platform.) Candidacy: What is it? By Rev. Emily Carson carson@semnsynod.org We all have unique gifts … Continue reading


January 2017: Introducing the 2017 Series

Click here for the PDF format (As an alternative, you are invited to copy and paste the text below directly into your bulletin, newsletter, or social media platform.) Introducing the 2017  “What is?” Series By Rev. Emily Carson carson@semnsynod.org This year the … Continue reading


December 2016: Post-Election Guidance

Click here for the PDF format (as an alternative, please copy and paste the text & image below directly into your bulletin, newsletter, or social media platform) A Transcript of the Video Message of Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the … Continue reading


November 2016: Recognizing Racism and Privilege

Click here for the PDF format (as an alternative, please copy and paste the text & image below directly into your bulletin, newsletter, or social media platform) Recognizing Racism and Privilege By Bishop Steven Delzer This may be one of the … Continue reading


October 2016: Campus Ministry Sunday

Click here for the PDF format (as an alternative, please copy and paste the text & image below directly into your bulletin, newsletter, or social media platform) The Southeastern Minnesota Synod includes two campus ministries and one student congregation. The campus … Continue reading


September 2016: Life and the Labyrinth by Kathy Chatelaine

Click here for the PDF format (as an alternative, please copy and paste the text & image below directly into your bulletin, newsletter, or social media platform) Life and the Labyrinth By Kathy Chatelaine, Director for Global Mission/Companion Synods Have you ever walked … Continue reading


August 2016: Witnessing Christ Among Us by Rev. Pete Reuss

A PDF of this document (as an alternative, please copy and paste the text & image below directly into your bulletin, newsletter, or social media platform) Witnessing Christ Among us By Rev. Pete Reuss, Director for Evangelical Mission & Assistant to … Continue reading


July 2016: Our Culture of Call

A PDF of this document OUR CULTURE OF CALL By Rev. Paul Baglyos, Region 3 Coordinator for Ministry Leadership Lutheran Christians understand God’s call to public ministry leadership in the church to involve two essential dimensions: internal and external. The … Continue reading


June 2016: 2016 Synod Assembly Summary

PDF of this document 2016 Synod Assembly Summary By Rev. Emily Carson The 2016 Southeastern Minnesota Synod Assembly took place on May 6-7 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. Voting members from congregations across the synod came together for … Continue reading


May 2016: Important Statistics by Rev. Susan Miller

Click here for a PDF of this month’s issue. Important Statistics By Rev. Susan Miller Recently, Kenneth Inskeep, the Executive for Research and Evaluation for the ELCA, shared some startling statistics: Since 2009, the number of ELCA clergy available for … Continue reading


April 2016: Synod Assembly Preview

The April issue of The Bridge is a one-page Synod Assembly preview! Due to it’s unique formatting, it is only available in the printable PDF format. PDF format


March 2016: Annual Reviews & Continuing Education

Portrait PDF Feel free to copy and paste the text and images below into whatever format is most convenient for you.  If there is another format that you consistently utilize, please email Rev. Emily Carson to let her know and she’ll … Continue reading


February 2016: RENEW! on Feb 28

Portrait PDF Feel free to copy and paste the text and images below into whatever format is most convenient for you.  If there is another format that you consistently utilize, please email Emily to let her know and she’ll make … Continue reading


January 2016: Welcoming New Team Members

Portrait PDF Feel free to copy and paste the text and images below into whatever format is most convenient for you.  If there is another format that you consistently utilize, please email Emily to let her know and she’ll make … Continue reading


December Issue: Vitalizing Call Process

Portrait PDF Landscape PDF Vitalizing Call Process By Bishop Steven Delzer Our synod participated in a feasibility study in the spring of 2015. Feedback was gathered from church members and rostered leaders throughout the synod on a wide range of … Continue reading


November Issue: Staff Transitions

Office of the Bishop Staff Transitions   Portrait PDF Landscape PDF Word document Several staff transitions have taken place at the Office of the Bishop in recent months. We give great thanks for the leadership of these team members who … Continue reading


October Issue, Campus Ministry Sunday

Portrait PDF Landscape PDF Word document College is an impactful time in life. It is a season of learning, growth, and faith formation. As a synod, we celebrate the importance of campus ministry. Through opportunities for worship, service, learning and … Continue reading


September Issue, Bishop’s 5K: September 26

Portrait PDF Landscape PDF Word document Bishop’s 5K: September 26 By Rev. Emily Carson When it comes to ending food insecurity in our region, we can do far more by joining together as a synod than we can do individually. … Continue reading


August Issue, Bishop Delzer’s Devotional Practices

Portrait PDF Landscape PDF Word document Devotional Practices By Bishop Steven Delzer What devotional or prayer practices do you use to nurture your spirit? If you’d be interested in sharing, email me at: delzer@semnsynod.org. With a sense of humility let … Continue reading


July Issue, Synod Visioning Process and Progress

Portrait PDF Landscape PDF Word document Synod Visioning Process and Progress By Rev. Emily A. Carson carson@semnsynod.org “Church is the place where we find our home…where we find that we have been found by the One who knows us and … Continue reading


June Issue, 2015 Synod Assembly Summary

Portrait PDF Landscape PDF Word doc 2015 Synod Assembly Summary The Southeastern Minnesota Synod Assembly was held on May 8-9, 2015 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota. The theme this year was “For God So Loved the World” … Continue reading


May Issue, Enough Food for All Updates

Portrait PDF Landscape PDF Enough Food for All (EFFA) Updates By The Working Groups of the EFFA Initiative Enough Food for All (EFFA) is our Southeastern Minnesota Synod’s initiative to end food insecurity in Southeastern Minnesota by 2020. We believe … Continue reading


April Issue, Synod Assembly 2015 Preview

Most months we provide The Bridge in a variety of formats. The April issue is an exception; this month we’re providing a special Synod Assembly 2015 preview, and it’s only available in two PDF formats. We hope you will find … Continue reading