Visiting Ascension

On Thursday, I spent time with Pastor Tim Delkescamp, who is the senior pastor at Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks, California.  Ascension is the largest ELCA congregation in the Southwest California Synod.  Of the congregation’s I’ve spent time with so far, Ascension is probably the most similar to Trinity. Like the two congregations I … More Visiting Ascension

The View from the Balcony

Dear friends, On May 23, I will begin a 12-week sabbatical.  The focus of my sabbatical time away will be renewal, and study. Sabbaticals are a common practice in the world of higher education and in ministry.  In fact, the Southeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, highly recommends sabbaticals for its rostered leaders … More The View from the Balcony

A Note to Trinity: How we Safeguard our Young People

March 28, 2022 Dear friends, We are assuming that most of you have heard about recent events that have taken place at Northridge Church in Owatonna, specifically the charges of criminal sexual conduct by a staff member, and their leadership and the denomination’s mishandling of the situation. It is a tragic situation, and our heart … More A Note to Trinity: How we Safeguard our Young People

Them and Us

If you drive along Minnesota’s north shore, 30-40 minutes up highway 61 past Duluth, you will come to the lovely little town of Two Harbors.  When you get to Two Harbors, you take a right onto Waterfront Drive, and go until you get about half-way down the hill, towards Lake Superior.  You will come to the intersection … More Them and Us

An Update after Monday’s Congregational Meeting

Dear Trinity friends, Thanks to the Trinity members who came to the special congregational meeting on Monday night.  There, we updated and discussed the allegations of sexual misconduct made against one of Trinity’s former pastors, James Oakland, who served here at Trinity from 1976 to 1980. We welcomed Bishop Regina Hassanally, from the Southeastern Minnesota … More An Update after Monday’s Congregational Meeting

Pastor Todd’s Annual Report to the Congregation

Good afternoon friends! I want to begin with a few words of thanks. First, I’d like to thank Bonnie and her crew, for putting together our wonderful lunch this afternoon!  Let’s show our appreciation! Second, a quick observation:  Tending the vision and the mission of what is really a pretty decent-sized organization, like Trinity is, … More Pastor Todd’s Annual Report to the Congregation