Paula Schlueter Ross

Managing Editor of Reporter

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Paula Schlueter Ross (1953–­2019), former managing editor of Reporter, was a magna cum laude graduate of Webster University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. During her nearly 35-year career with the LCMS, she wrote for both Reporter and The Lutheran Witness and often took photos to accompany her stories. Ross won 17 national writing awards from the Associated Church Press, including seven first-place “Awards of Excellence.”

LCMS members evacuated, lose homes in Colorado wildfire

“Some people got out with only the clothes on their backs. They don’t even have a change of clothes or a toothbrush,” said the Rev. Dr. Dennis Lucero of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Voting for LCMS president begins June 22

Results of the election will be announced July 6. If you can’t attend the Synod’s national convention July 20-25, there are several ways to follow the action from home.

LCMS ‘tweet chat’ draws dozens of questions about marriage

The LCMS hosts a “tweet chat” on marriage June 19, allowing participants to pose questions and share answers and resources. It was a first for the Synod.

RSO to host conference on same-sex marriage

Dr. Robert P. George will give the keynote at an Aug. 14-15 conference on same-sex attraction and marriage hosted by DOXOLOGY: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel.

Website offers tools to link students, campus ministries

A new campus-ministry page on the “LCMS U” website offers two tools designed to help students find LCMS campus ministries at colleges and universities nationwide.

Institute to host Latino Ministries Conference

The Lutheran Hispanic Missionary Institute will host its first national Partners in Latino Ministries Conference Oct. 23-25 in El Paso, Texas.

CPH releases ‘On-the-Go Prayers’ for busy families

The one-minute prayers are designed to help families “make prayer part of [their] daily routine,” according to Concordia Publishing House.

Live Twitter ‘chat’ on marriage set for June 19

For its first-ever “tweet chat,” the LCMS is encouraging congregation members and church workers to join Lutheran leaders in a discussion about God’s intention for marriage.

National mission board prepares for convention, reviews policy

Also on the agenda for the June 3-4 meeting of the LCMS Board for National Mission was a discussion on the Synod’s place in the public square.

Thrivent members vote to open membership to all Christians

Members of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans vote overwhelmingly to extend Thrivent’s common bond, allowing it to serve all Christians — not just Lutherans.

Nominees for LCMS president address ministry, issues

The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, the Rev. Dr. Herbert C. Mueller Jr. and the Rev. Dr. David P.E. Maier answer the same six questions posed by “Reporter” and “The Lutheran Witness.”

Board approves $81.7 million-plus operating budget

The Synod Board of Directors adopts a balanced national-Synod operating budget (or “spending plan”) of $81,762,189 for the 2013-14 fiscal year that begins July 1.

Youth Gathering registrants are from 35 districts, 12 countries

Some 25,000 participants — including youth and adults from Botswana, Nigeria, Finland, Germany, India, Pakistan, Taiwan and Slovakia — are expected to attend the National LCMS Youth Gathering in July.

Youth Gathering offers ways to ‘stay connected’

There are several ways to “connect” to the Synod’s 2013 National Youth Gathering, July 1-5 in San Antonio, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the Gathering website.

Church bodies issue joint ‘Affirmation of Marriage’

The statement is the result of ongoing study and discussion between the LCMS, the Anglican Church in North America, Lutheran Church—Canada and the North American Lutheran Church.

LCMS releases marriage ‘toolkit’ to aid discussion

As the Supreme Court deliberates two marriage-related cases, the Synod offers these tools to help congregational members, confirmation classes, Bible study groups and others discuss marriage.