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New ELCA Domestic Hunger Grant Application

ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants support ministries that accompany people experiencing poverty and hunger in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These grants go beyond meeting immediate needs to address the root causes of hunger – in addition to relief programs, ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants support projects in advocacy, community development, and community organizing that strengthen the foundations of communities affected by hunger and poverty.

For the first time, these applications will be completed through the new ELCA granting platform, ELCA GrantMaker.  To learn more about Domestic Hunger Grants and the new ELCA Grantmaker system, we invite you to attend one of two webinars that will review our granting priorities and cover the basics of applying. Simply click on the date of your choice below for instructions on how to call in. A reminder with the link will be sent when the application is open.

Timeline for 2019 Domestic Hunger Grants

  • June 12-Aug. 13: Domestic Hunger Grant application is open
  • September-October: Synod teams review applications
  • November: Review and award decisions
  • Late November/early December: Awards announced

Email if you have questions. Keep checking the Hunger Network’s website at for updates!

Register today for your Conference Better Together Summit!

This fall, conference "missional gatherings" throughout the Rocky Mountain synod will take place under a new name: CONFERENCE BETTER TOGETHER SUMMITS. Bishop Gonia will be present at all 11 Conference gatherings. The focus will be: Money & Church: For the Life of the World. A team of the rostered minister/s and leaders from every ministry will meet together.

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A team of the rostered minister/s and 4-6 congregational leaders from every congregation will meet together. Prior to the gathering each attendee will be asked to complete a "money autobiography' and also to meet with the group from your congregation. Download, print, and prepare the advance materials at this link.

Each person attending is asked to register with his or her email address so we can be sure attendees receive the advance materials.

Mountain West Conference
SAT 10/6 Good Shepherd, Glenwood Springs, CO
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Metro South Conference
THUR 10/11 Abiding Hope, Littleton, CO
6:30 to 9 p.m.

Wyoming Conference
SAT 10/13 Grace, Casper, WY
noon to 4 p.m.

Border Conference
SAT 10/20 Peace, Las Cruces, NM
noon to 3:30 p.m.

North Colorado Conference
SUN 10/21 Our Savior's, Greeley, CO
2 to 5 p.m.

Southeast Colorado Conference
SAT 10/27 First, Colorado Springs, CO
3 to 6 p.m.

Utah Conference
SUN 11/11 Our Saviors, Salt Lake, UT
3 to 6 p.m.

North New Mexico Conference
SAT 11/17 St. Paul, Albuquerque, NM
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Metro West Conference
SAT 12/1 Holy Cross, Wheat Ridge, CO
9 a.m. to noon

2018 Israel Trip with Instructor, Dr. Monte Luker, (O.T. Prof. at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary) and Group Leader Pastor Dave Pederson, Bethel Lutheran, Windsor, CO
September 28 through October 11, 2018

You will deepen your understanding and perspective of the Bible by actually being where it all happened. Visit Bethlehem, the Shepherds field, Church of the Nativity, Armageddon, Sepphoris, the Sea of Galilee, Bethsaida, Capernaum, the traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000, the Mount of Transfiguration, 1st century Nazareth village, Jordan, Nebo where Moses overlooked Jericho, Petra, Eilat, Timnah, 2 nights in a Kibbutz at En Gedi, Dead Sea, cave David hid in away from Saul, Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus' birth place and more. Plus we will tour a Jewish settlement and talk to a Jewish leader and tour a Palestinian school and talk with Archbishop Elias Chacour its founder.

Cost is $4,398 and includes flight from Denver, hotels, bus, breakfast and dinner. Lunch on your own. For questions, contact Pastor David Pederson ( email ) or call 503-999-1443.

Clergy Pilgrimage to Spain: Walking the Ancient Camino to Santiago De Compostela
November 6 - 16, 2018

For more than a thousand years, millions have made their way through the varied landscape of Spain, traversing what’s known as the Camino de Santiago or the Way of St. James. The Episcopal Church in Colorado invites clergy to make this journey November 6-16, 2018. 

Designed especially for clergy, we will experience the spiritual renewal of walking the Camino firsthand, share a unique opportunity to deepen relationships with diverse clergy colleagues, and learn how to lead our own parish group pilgrimages. Participants will join in preparation ahead of the journey and gain valuable pilgrimage resources. Clergy traveling on this Familiarization Pilgrimage to Spain will be awarded a discount on a future Camino pilgrimage of 20 or more participants when arranged through Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries for travel in 2019 or 2020. This clergy pilgrimage is not just a great backpacking trip, but a chance for pilgrims to experience their faith and calling like never before.

View the  Pilgrimage Itinerary  for a more detailed overview of our time together.

Trip leader: The Rev. Canon Greg Foraker, Missioner for Faith Formation, The Episcopal Church in Colorado.

Trip cost: $2,839-$2,999 depending on the number of travelers.

To register, please download and complete the  Spain Pilgrimage Reservation Form , and mail it to Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries along with:

  • A copy of your passport. Please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after your return date.
  • A nonrefundable deposit check for $800 made out to Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries.

Mailing address for registration materials: Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries, 1131 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32206-3296.

Space for this inspiring journey is limited. To reserve your place, send your materials and deposit by June 15, 2018.

Questions? Contact the Rev. Canon Greg Foraker, at

Educational Tour of the Holy Land
Saturday, December 29, 2018 - Thursday, January 10, 2019

Tour the Holy Land with former Vice President of the RMS, Dr. Rod Schofield, Sharie Schofield and Palestinian Christian, Elias Nawawieh.

Beginning in Galilee, visit ancient OT and NT sites throughout Israel and Palestine and experience a deeper connection to the roots of Christianity and gain greater understanding of the current situation in the Holy Land. Rod has represented the ELCA with the schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) for the past 13 years and has co led groups of clergy and lay people to the land we call holy.

Cost is $3,490 for the entire trip, including RT airfare from Chicago. Contact Rod for more information and an itinerary brochure.

New Online/Text/Automated Giving Platform

The ELCA is launching a partnership with --- the online giving platform we use in the RMS. This new partnership means a reduced processing fee, and some additional custom features- as well as LOTS of support, which is great if you haven't engaged online giving yet! & our Churchwide office are looking for 10-15 ministries from the RMS to help pilot this- contact Deacon Erin Power if you would be interested!

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