August 2019 Archive for From a Pastor's Desk

A series of opinion articles from rostered ministers and lay leaders from our Synod.


Monastic Spirituality Retreat: Leadership Development Grant Program

Aug 29, 2019
I am on a personal retreat at Holy Cross Monastery north of the City on the Hudson River. I am taking this time at summer’s end so that I can be grounded and better prepared for the busy new program year that is unleashed just after Labor Day. This kind of spirituality is for everyone, and everyone can discover in it blessings that are in keeping with who they are as children of God.

Finding Our Roots: Postcards from a Sabbatical

Aug 21, 2019
Just over 125 years later, the Amsterdam Consistory would ordain another pastor who would eventually make his way to New York. The Rev. Frederick Henry Quitman was ordained in 1783 and called to serve the Lutheran Congregation in Willemsted, Curacao. By 1795, Quitman had gone on to New York.He also served as President of the New York ministerium from 1807-1825. Today, the Oude Lutherse Kerk still stands in the lovely Spui neighborhood of Amsterdam. It is now part of the University of Amsterdam