2017 ND Legislative Updates of Interest to ELCA Congregations

Updated 2/13/2017 Throughout the 2017 session of the ND Legislature, our synod attorney Murray Sagsveen, will be sharing updates on bills coming before the legislature and upcoming hearings that may be of interest to rostered ministers and members of our

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Update to FLSA Overtime Ruling

Nov. 30, 2016 –  On November 22, a federal district judge in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the implementation and enforcement of the Overtime Final Rule that was scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016. The judge

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Response to Presiding Bishop’s Statement on Standing Rock

    November 17, 2016 Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This week the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America released a statement regarding events which are happening at Standing Rock.  I am not writing to support, condemn,

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Invitation to A Season of Listening. . .

Over the next few months, we invite congregations and members of this synod to enter into “A Season of Listening. . .” – a time of intentional conversation about engaging racial diversity across the synod and how we strengthen bonds

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ELCA Presiding Bishop Issues Statement on Standing Rock

CHICAGO (Nov. 14, 2016) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued the following statement on Standing Rock. Statement from ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton on Standing Rock When we come

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Thoughts on Standing Rock – Nov. 1, 2016

November 1, 2016 – by Bishop Mark Narum We stand witness to historic events.  A gathering of native peoples from around the world gather along the flood plain of an ancestral home.  Historic in that, for the first time in

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News from the Our Companion Synod in the Central African Republic

Former missionary Jim Noss, recently returned from a visit to the Central African Republic, which is the international companion synod partner for the Western North Dakota Synod.  Among his stops was the Emmanuel Health Center at Gallo, a ministry that

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Letter from Bishop Narum related to Standing Rock and DAPL

October 26, 2016 – ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and others including 5 synodical bishops, rostered leaders, and lay people traveled to Western North Dakota over the last two days to listen to voices in our communities related to the

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FSLA and What It Means for Churches

October 26, 2016 – Upcoming changes to the Fair Labor Standards act related to workweek, overtime and compensation may impact congregations who have additional staff beyond clergy.  The ELCA has provided a helpful webinar to assist congregations in understanding these

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Service of Prayers for Peace at Standing Rock

September 9, 2016 – On September 8, ELCA Lutherans and full communion partners including Episcopal leaders gathered together in Bismarck and Minot for prayer services to pray together for peace in the midst of the unfolding situation at Standing Rock

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