News & Musings

Pale Blue Dot

By on June 6, 2016 in News & Musings
Pale Blue Dot

Earth seen as a pale blue dot from below the rings of Saturn by NASA’s Cassini probe.     Zion loves her neighborhood. Sometimes we’re  focused on the gardens nearby, our next door neighbors at ZOOM, dinner on the lawn, and the school down the street. These are beautiful places to witness and love, but […]

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My Debut as a Lutheran

By on May 16, 2016 in News & Musings
My Debut as a Lutheran

When I look around at the newer members and friends of Zion on any given Sunday, I’m struck by how many people come to Zion after identifying as a Catholic or a Baptist or as a non-church goer for much of their life. Me? I’ve been a Lutheran from almost the beginning. I was two […]

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Beautiful Eccentrics

By on May 9, 2016 in News & Musings
Beautiful Eccentrics

I came to Zion as a young-adult of 24, following my dad when he was called to Zion to be the head pastor in 1989. I was raised from kindergarten until then at University Lutheran Church of Hope in S.E. Minneapolis and felt a little disloyal to Hope in following my parents even though I […]

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Years in the Making: 1-3 to be Exact

By on April 25, 2016 in News & Musings
Years in the Making: 1-3 to be Exact

After moving to Minneapolis I spent a few years church hunting, only recently have I reflected on why. I grew up in a Christian family and was deeply active in church activities on a local, regional, state, and national level. Coming from a small town in rural Wisconsin, these church friends from across the nation […]

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Making the Table

By on April 11, 2016 in News & Musings
Making the Table

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ihEZMMOYmQ Tables can be messy places. I had an esoteric religion professor once ask me to think about how “Tables can unite or divide us.  Imagine an interview, where it acts as a line to  mark power as apposed to our table, which unites us in conversation now.” As a freshman just starting to study […]

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Belonging

By on April 6, 2016 in News & Musings
Belonging

As long as I can remember Zion has always been a part of my life.  My brother and I attended church (not always willingly) from when we were little.  Throughout my entire life I’ve been involved with Zion in different capacities.  When I was young I was an Acolyte and Crucifer.  I can still remember […]

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Belief, Behavior and Belonging

By on March 25, 2016 in News & Musings
Belief, Behavior and Belonging

Belief, behavior, and belonging..that’s it! That’s what makes Zion so unique! Pastor Meta talks about the reversal: “People used to encounter church by first publicly stating belief, then behaving in accordance with the masses, and finally finding belonging. These days, more people come to church in search of unconditional belonging first. When that is found, their behavior becomes something new – inspired by […]

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Denisovan Psalm

By on March 9, 2016 in News & Musings

Deep inside a Siberian cave, were found two teeth and a fingertip bone. DNA analysis concluded these to be of a young girl from an unknown branch of humankind, named Denisovan (after the hermit, Denis, who once lived in the cave). Two X-chromosomed teeth and a nubbin of bone— the only record yet known, that […]

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When Our Pastor Stays Up Late – Poetry Happens

By on December 18, 2015 in News & Musings
When Our Pastor Stays Up Late – Poetry Happens

Join us Christmas Eve at 4pm when we sing carols and stay for our lovely candlelit service at 4:30pm. And below – a timely musing by our pastor.                                                                      this is the time  this is the time when things get loud, when hope gets muffled and fears abound. this is the time when we gather […]

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Ubi Caritas (Where there is love)

By on November 29, 2015 in News & Musings
Ubi Caritas (Where there is love)

Early one Christmas morn, I was called to come deliver one of my expectant moms. I drove down silent, empty streets as giant snowflakes fell— my pathway lit by golden halos ‘round streetlamps as I passed.   Already a single mom, Kim was there alone. The baby’s father hadn’t come— I don’t remember why. Labor […]

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