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SPEAKERS

& LEADERS

rev.
Tuhina
rasche

Let's face it. I have a complicated relationship with Jesus.

Rev. Tuhina Verma Rasche has a complicated relationship with Jesus. She lives a hyphenated life as a second-generation Indian-American woman raised in a devout Hindu household and often finds herself in liminal spaces. She is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and is called to work for the representation of God’s full diversity in the church.

Church in America (ELCA) and is called to work for the representation of God’s full diversity in the church. 
 

Her work focuses on dismantling white supremacy and conversations on the complexity of identities. She loves stories and believes sharing narratives are integral to building relationships.

She blogs at This Lutheran Life and Medium, is a contributing writer to The Salt Collective, and tweets at @tvrasche. When she’s not writing or working to decolonize mainline Protestant traditions, she is reading anything she can get her hands on, listening to podcasts on politics and pop culture, or watching movies with her spouse.

Lori Kochanski

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Lori Kochanski is an artist, pastor and spiritual director. She holds degrees from Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, and Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, CT. She received her spiritual direction certification at Kairos School of Spiritual Formation, Lancaster, PA. In addition to her work as an artist and spiritual director, Lori is the Assistant to the Bishop for Faith Formation in the Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She lives in Albany, NY, with her husband, Scott Fackenthall.

To learn more visit: https://www.riparianzonestudio.com/about

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bishop idalia C. Negrón

The Rev. Idalia C. Negrón Caamaño, San Juan, Puerto Rico, was elected June 16 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Caribbean Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly June 15-16 at Santísima Trinidad ELC, Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

From 2003 to 2015 the bishop served as part-time pastor of San Pablo Lutheran Church in San Juan and part-time director for evangelical mission in the Caribbean Synod. She has served full-time in the synod since 2017.

She received a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 2003.

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BISHOP IN RESIDENCE

bishop GINNY Aebischer

The Rev. Susan J. Briner, Seguin, Texas, was elected May 6 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Southwestern Texas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly May 5-6 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in San Marcos, Texas.

The bishop served as the bishop's associate of the synod following serving as a pastor of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Summerville, S.C., from 2003 to 2012.

Briner earned a Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C., in 2003. 

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BISHOP IN RESIDENCE

Worship Leaders
& spiritual midwife

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