Bishop Eaton’s Synod Assembly Letter – ELCA Grand Canyon Synod


We have learned over the past year how resilient we are as a church and as a people of God. It was a time of pain, loss, injustice and uncertainty. It has also been a time of learning, listening and trying new things – stepping out of our comfort zones and entering a more digital world. This church has persevered in so many ways.

The church-wide organization has worked alongside all expressions and ministries of ELCA and our partners to provide resources, share stories, engage members, and keep our programs alive as we we are focused on responding to the pandemic.

For the generosity of this church through its COVID-19 Response Fund, for the remarkable ways we have connected with each other, and for the innovative approaches that many of you have taken to engage your communities in the gospel, I want to thank you. Thank you for your ingenuity and for knowing that God has a plan for us and that he is filled with hope.

Looking to the future, I invite you to dream with me for a moment.

Imagine more people knowing Jesus. Imagine creating communities of love and justice online and in real life. Imagine our online communities and benches filled with new, young and diverse members. Imagine spending more time collaborating with others to make a bigger impact in our neighborhoods and the world.

It is the future that I want to build with you. We have all experienced God’s ability to see us through difficult times and through new seasons of life. It is an invitation to be a part of something God is doing with and through us. There has never been a better time to share the way of Jesus and introduce more people to community, justice and love.

In peace,

Elizabeth a eaton
Presiding Bishop

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