Did you know that our synod resource center, located in the Wescosville
synod office building, is one of more than 70 resource centers in the
These centers are located in synod offices and multisynod centers, on
college and seminary campuses, and in ecumenical and specialized centers.
Personnel in ELCA resource centers communicate with each other in an
online meeting hosted by the ELCA on Ecunet, a not-for-profit, online
network of Christian organizations. In the resource center meeting, people
review new resources, answer questions, and share resources.
The network of resource centers also makes available self-published and
parish-generated resources on a shared Web site, www.synodresourcecenter.org.
Hosted by the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin (our ELCA partner synod, by
the way), this Web site provides a large number of resources from a variety
of sources via links to 10 ministry areas.
You can take a virtual tour of six ELCA resource centers at www.elca.org/alrc/index.html.
The Association of Lutheran Resource Centers was formed in 1996 to support
and articulate resource center ministry across the ELCA. Currently there
are 44 member centers. The synod Resource Center is a member of the ALRC.
For more information on ELCA resource centers, check the ELCA Web site
at www.elca.org/co/centers.html. This site includes links to individual
resource center Web sites, photos of centers across the country, online
catalogs, and collections of resources on specific topics.
Staff of ELCA resource centers meet monthly with Augsburg Fortress and
ELCA churchwide staff in a telephone conference call hosted by Augsburg
Fortress Publishers. Topics covered in the hour-long call include requests
for information about AF publications that have come from synod consumers
and updates from AF about products that will soon be released and/or
resources that are being planned and developed.
Read about our synod resource center in the January 2004 issue of Synod
News. You can access this issue at www.godslove.org/pdf/snjan04.pdf.