kaitlin curtice

Native American Christian Writer and Worship Leader

Kaitlin Curtice is a Native American Christian author and speaker. As an enrolled member of the Potawatomi Citizen Band and someone who has grown up in the Christian faith, Kaitlin writes on the intersection of Indigenous spirituality, faith in everyday life, and the church.

Her first book, Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places, was published with Paraclete Press in 2017. It is a series of fifty essays and prayers focusing on finding the sacred in everyday life. Kaitlin is currently working on her second book with Brazos Press, set to come out in 2020. It has been named by Publisher’s Weekly as a Religion and Spirituality book to watch for.

Kaitlin has contributed to OnBeing, Religion News Service, USA Today and Sojourners, among others, and she was interviewed for the New Yorker on colonization within Christian missions. In 2018 she was featured in a documentary with CBS called “Race, Religion and Resistance,” speaking on the dangers of colonized Christianity.

Kaitlin travels around the country speaking on faith and justice within the church as it relates to Indigenous peoples. She has been a featured speaker at Why Christian, Evolving Faith, Wild Goose Festival, The Festival of Faith and Writing, and more.

Lori Kochanski


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

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.


bishop sue briner

 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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VIRGINIA: Rev Kelly Bayer Derrick: bayerderrick@vasynod.org

NORTH CAROLINA: Rev. Danielle DeNise: ddenise@nclutheran.org

SOUTH CAROLINA: Rev. Ginny Aebischer: ginny@scsynod.com

SOUTHEASTERN: Rev. Karen Body: kboda@elca-ses.org

FLORIDA-BAHAMAS: Deacon Connie Schmucker: Connies@fbsynod.org

CARIBBEAN: Bishop Idalia Negron: negroncaamanoidalia@gmail.com