The fall issue of the Synod’s Notes for Life is out: https://blogs.lcms.org/2017/notes-for-life-newsletter-fall-2017. In this issue Rev. Kevin Robson, Chief Mission Officer, answers the question, “Is the LCMS still involved in life ministry?” Robson reports that while the position of Life Ministry Director is currently unfilled, yet life ministry remains strong. He writes,
Now more than ever, LCMS Life Ministry continues to sustain a path begun in Christ’s life of love and excellence, offering a multitude of resources and tools (lcms.org/life-ministry) that reflect and uphold life-affirming programming, advocacy and teaching. Earlier this year, the LCMS Life Conference, Life 360°, attracted several hundred participants in Washington, D.C., who heard from a stellar lineup of nationally renowned speakers.
Furthermore, the Synod’s “Eyes of Life” campaign is spreading its beautiful story from one individual to the next, giving voice to what millions of others believe as well: that all life is sacred, valued and a gift from God (eyesoflife.org). The LCMS Office of National Mission, pressing on within the framework of seven mission priorities formally established by the LCMS in convention, currently is forging an even stronger working partnership with Lutherans For Life and is driving forward a landmark study of procreation, fertility and care of the unborn through a convention-mandated task force (2016 Resolution 3-04). All these initiatives (and more) are expected to be under the supervision of a new director of LCMS Life Ministry, anticipated in the first half of 2018.
Please read the rest of Rev. Robson’s comments, as well as the other articles, in Notes for Life.
If you haven’t yet started planning for a Life Sunday observance in January, please visit Lutherans For Life (www.lutheransforlife.org) and check out the new materials for 2018.
The theme is “Hope for Life” based on 1 Peter 3:15-17. The suggested date for Life Sunday is January 21, 2018.
Rev. Philip Young
Mid-South District Life Coordinator