Freed from self-righteousness

By Bryon Hansen, Pastor at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, Seattle, WA Phinney Ridge Lutheran uses a horse trough for baptisms.  It’s a temporary arrangement.  One day we will have a permanent font suitable for full immersion.  In the meantime, we pull a horse trough from the attic and place it in the assembly to be used at all baptismal festivals. … Read More

Ottawa Training includes Poignant Moment

By Greg Smith, JBL:NAAC Board Member A JBL Training was held in Ottawa, Canada from October 25-28 using facilities at St. Paul’s University in Ottawa.  The Training was jointly sponsored by the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and St. Paul’s University.  St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in Ottawa generously hosted the event … Read More

The Quilt that is the Catechumenate

By Karen Peterson, Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, Seattle, WA There is one ritual that has always been precious to me since I affirmed my baptism through the catechumenate. In our congregation, we have a “water procession” during the Easter Vigil just before the Rites of Baptism and Affirmation of Baptism begin. All members of the congregation, young and old, are … Read More