Let’s talk about Money

Recently I read an article reflecting on findings in the recently released Special Report on Giving to Religion. This report notes the correlation of religious affiliation and practice to charitable giving in general and to religious organizations in particular. The report seems to indicate that religiously affiliated individuals and families are more open to conversations […]

Write all about Jesus for Your Local Media

More ideas for publicizing your church happenings When I worked in radio news full-time, some days went by very quickly.  Lots of things were happening and we had lots to report when we went on the air to do hourly newscasts.  Other days, it was a slow news day… we were scraping at the bottom […]

The 5Ws and H

When I sit down to write something, whether it be a newsletter article, a letter, or a radio news story (for my other part-time gig), I often am stuck on where to begin.  When that happens, I typically use a technique that I started to use when I was a full-time radio journalist.  It was […]

Responding to Hurricane Harvey (part 2)

In my previous blog I wrote of the challenges faced by our synod after Superstorm Sandy. In this second article I describe the disaster response process, including ways you can help. A few weeks into the Superstorm Sandy recovery in New York Bishop Rimbo called on me to take on responsibility for coordination of our […]

Responding to Hurricane Harvey (part 1)

After reading the news this morning of a church in our area packing up trucks of supplies for Houston I decided to share my experience from Superstorm Sandy in New York. I hope those who read this will consider carefully their best way to respond so that we can help the survivors of Harvey to recovery […]

How did I get here? (by request)

Since coming to the Upper Susquehanna Synod I have had occasion to ponder my faith story or … How did I get here? Having grown up in Brooklyn from the age of six and, except for my time at seminary, never having left New York State, I find myself wondering what would lead to such […]

A Missional Church is a Vulnerable Church

In Luke, chapter 10, Jesus appoints seventy emissaries to go ahead of him two-by-two, into “every town and place where he himself intended to go.” He commissions them with these words: “Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; […]

Getting Your Congregation’s Story Out There

Some of you may know that I’ve been doing radio in some form or another since I was in high school.  I started at my local station when I was a high school senior, in preparation of going to Penn State to study journalism.  At that job, I mostly “minded the shop” for syndicated programs […]

Bishop’s 2017 Easter Message

Christ is risen, He is risen indeed. Alleluia! Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song (ELW 808) is the hymn that speaks to my journey as a disciple of Christ. Jesus, as we experience so passionately in His Resurrection, is our life, peace and love, as the hymn lifts up. Today we sing our praises […]

Blogs are Coming!

As part of our new website, the Upper Susquehanna Synod will be writing blogs.  Do you have topics you think the staff should blog about?  If so, let us know by e-mailing or by commenting on our social media!

Blog Posts Coming Soon

As part of our new website, synod staff will be blogging regularly on a variety of topics.  Be looking for that addition to our website, coming soon!