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January 2020 
Making Christ Known

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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women

Download video for use in your congregation. With gratitude for those who have gone before and hope for the future, the Northern Illinois Synod gives thanks to God for the ministry of women. In 2020 we celebrate 50 years of Lutheran women being ordained in the United States, 40 years of women of color being ... read more.

Planting seeds of Partnership: 2020 Tanzanian Cultural Immersion and Partnership trip

Bishop Jeffrey Clements has called for a partnership delegation to travel to Tanzania for the purposes of building and strengthening the Northern Illinois Synod’s long-standing companion relationship with the North Central Diocese (NCD) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The delegation will participate in worship, visit hospitals and the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center School ... read more.

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton to be keynote presenter at the 2020 CRE

Saturday, March 14 will be the date of this year’s Congregational Resourcing Event (CRE) at Kishwaukee Community College in Malta, IL. We are honored to announce that Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will be the keynote speaker and will hold a town-hall discussion during two of the workshop sessions. Her keynote will be titled We Are ... read more.

Stirring Chai – the Msseemmaa newsletter as regional representatives in East Africa

by Daudi Msseemmaa Kellen and I work with the East African companions in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania is a mother church with a history of missions in several neighboring countries: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, and Mozambique. It has 26 dioceses within Tanzania and two mission areas. In our ... read more.

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