Episode 47: The 2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering

Houston Here We Come

This week we talk with Molly Beck Dean who is the Director of the ELCA National Youth Gathering.  A tri-annual gathering of over 30,000 youth and adults.  In 2018 the gathering will take place in Houston, Tx.

Molly has a vast experience working with youth of the church and is the perfect person to lead this charge.  We had an amazing conversation with Molly and we hope you enjoy it!

Episode 46: Youth are Leading or Leaving

A Conversation with Lyle Griner

We had a great conversation about youth ministry.  Lyle is an expert in training youth to connect with youth.  His experience has changed thousands of lives.  Some of his background includes:

  • 16 years of dynamic congregational work
  • National Director of Peer Ministry Leadership
  • Leader of 3-week Certification School for Wartburg Theological Seminary and The Youth & Family Institute
  • Creator and Instructor for Living Room Summits on family ministry
  • 14 years with The Youth & Family Institute (renamed Vibrant Faith)
  • Youth ministry instructor at Augsburg College, Minneapolis and Concordia University, St. Paul
  • Coaching and Mentoring.
  • AA, Biblical Studies, MN Bible College
  • Major in Middle School Education
  • Masters in Youth and Family Ministry
  • Two year studies and Certification as a Spiritual Director
  • Presently also works with Youth ministry at Mount Calvary, Excelsior, MN

We hope you enjoy this episode of the 2 Bald Pastors

Episode 44: Holy Spokes with Laura Everett

Conversation with Laura Everett on Urban Spirituality

Laura Everett is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches.  Almost ten years ago Laura found herself in need of transportation and ended up with a bike.  Thousands of miles later she can be found riding to and from work in the Boston area.

She talks about her life as a cycle commuter and what she has learned about riding and about her faith.

She has written a book titled Holy Spokes: The Search for Urban Spirituality on Two Wheels

You are invited to attend Laura’s Book Launch Party April 21st at the Dorchester Brewing Company

We hope you enjoy this episode of the 2 Bald Pastors.

Laura’s Website – https://reveverett.com/

Laura’s Twitter – https://twitter.com/RevEverett

Episode 38: Decolonize the Inauguration

Things you can do this day to connect with others

The 2 Bald Pastors sit down and talk with Lenny Duncan and Francisco Herrera and get updates to what is happening in #‎decolonizeLutheranism.  We also talk about things you can do to decolonize the Inauguration as Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States.

Links mentioned in the episode

Fuck This Shit Advent Devotional

Naked and Unashamed Facebook

Naked and Unashamed Website



Lenny’s Post Election Blog Post

Episode 37: Young Adult in Global Mission

Young Adults Missionaries Around the World

Nathan Berkas and Andrew Steele have an amazing job.  They travel around the country telling people about the amazing work that the ELCA is doing in missionary work, especially the work that young adults are doing in missionary work.  Nathan and Andrew join the 2 Bald Pastors and they talk more about the ministry of YAGM, why it is important to the church and how you can be a part of this amazing ministry.

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Young Adults in Global Mission on the ELCA Website

YAGM on Facebook

YAGM on Twitter

Apply to be a Young Adult in Global Mission

Episode 26: Conversation with Pastor Ron Glusenkamp

Director of the ELCA Always Being Made New Campaign

Today we talk with Pastor Ron Glusenkamp who is the Director for the Always Being Made New Campaign for the ELCA.  If you want to find out more about the campaign please visit elca.org/campaign.  We hope you enjoy this week’s episode.

Episode 22: Conversation with John Longworth

Food Ministry, Franciscan Ministry and Faith Formation

Pastor John Longworth is the Pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rutland, VT.  John’s congregation has a great mission statement “Fed by God to Feed the World.”  In this episode we talk with John about the food ministry happening at Good Shepherd.  We also talk with him about his activity as a a part of the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans.  Please enjoy this latest episode of the 2 Bald Pastors.

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Episode 17: Mikka McCracken

More Cell Phones Than Toliets

Mikka McCracken is the director of planning and engagement for ELCA World Hunger and will serve as this year’s ELCA Assembly Representative for the New England Synod. A South Korean adoptee, she grew up in northern Minnesota and is a lifelong Lutheran. Mikka has also worked with the ELCA Justice for Women program and ELCA Washington Office on gender justice advocacy and ELCA Global Mission on “glocal” learning events. She graduated in political science and peace studies at Gustavus Adolphus College and has completed her certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Continuing Studies. She believes it is possible to end poverty and hunger and that the church has an important role to play in that endeavor.

We had a wonderful conversation with Mikka and we are excited to get to know her more at this year’s assembly.

Episode 15: You Might be Lutheran If….

A Conversation about ‪#‎decolonizeLutheranism

PastorPaul Bailie who serves Iglesia Luterana San Lucas in Eagle Pass, Texas got tired of seeing jokes and memes about Lutherans eating Jell-O. He decided to make some of his own.  He said, “I started making the memes in frustration with jokes that assumed that Lutherans were Scandinavian. As a pastor of a Spanish-speaking congregation on the Mexican border, I’m tired of the unwritten rule that says Lutherans have to eat certain foods or sing certain songs.” This started a movement called #‎decolonizeLutheranism‬.  Elle Dowd started the hashtag and now thousands of people are talking about how as Lutherans we can move from a conversation Lutherans are known only for their Norwegian jokes about Sven and Ollie.

#decolonizelutheranism means that we are moving to a place where we can have deep, meaningful conversation and action to experience unity through diversity.

We talk with Lenny Duncan and Francisco Herrera about their role as a part of the leadership team for #‎decolonizeLutheranism.  We explore the four beliefs outlined on their website.

  1. #decolonizeJustification
  1. #decolonizeLeadership
  1. #decolonizeTheStory
  1. #decolonizeEvangelism

We are thankful for leaders like Lenny, Francisco and many others who are at the forefront of important conversations.  Please take some time to listen to this week’s podcast.  We invite you to leave your thoughts and comments below.

Next week Pastor Joe and Pastor Geoff will be sharing their thoughts on this important topic.  If you would like to leave us some feedback please do and we will try and include it in next week’s podcast.

Other Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

Lenny’s website

Francisco’s website

Francisco’s Masters Thesis on Ministering to Recovering Christians

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