Bishop H. Julian Gordy

Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Organization: ELCA Southeastern Synod

A native of Newnan, Georgia, Julian Gordy served as pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Franklin, TN; Christus Victor Lutheran Church, Ocean Springs, MS; and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Morristown, TN before his election as bishop of the ELCA Southeastern Synod in June, 2007. He received the A.B. in religion from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia in 1972 and the M. Div. from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in 1985. A long-time proponent of ministries of mercy and justice, Bishop Gordy was a founding member of the board of MATS, a unique home for homeless persons in Morristown, and of Samaritan Ministry of Jackson County, an ecumenical emergency relief agency on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

He has been involved in numerous community and church agencies and boards in Tennessee and Mississippi and was active in the founding of Lutheran Episcopal Services of Mississippi. He has served church agencies and institutions in a number of roles, most recently as Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Bishop Gordy has been a frequent leader of workshops on organizational structure, consensus decision-making, mission development and liturgical renewal.

Before attending Southern Seminary, Bishop Gordy worked in university and hospital administration and in housing restoration. He is married to the Reverend Dr. P. Morgan Gordy, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Lebanon, Tennessee. They have four children and six grandchildren. His hobbies include backpacking, sailing and woodworking.

 

Day1 Weekly Programs by Bishop H. Julian Gordy

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Ordinary Holiness

Monday November 30, 2009
ELCA Bishop Julian Gordy examines Luke's account of the Transfiguration from both a religious and a scientific point of view, and describes how both can exist together.

Articles by Bishop H. Julian Gordy

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Bishop Julian Gordy: Trust God for the Future

Monday November 30, 2009
Bishop Julian Gordy of the ELCA Southeastern Synod writes, "In working so desperately to hold on to life, to be safe in an uncertain future, to grab all the material things that pass for life, we lose real life." Read on...

Bishop Julian Gordy: Hurricane Katrina, Five Years Later

Monday November 30, 2009
It's been five years since Hurricane Katrina devasted the Gulf Coast. ELCA Southeastern Synod Bishop Julian Gordy offers some reflections on lessons learned and victories won in the meantime.

Bishop Julian Gordy: And the Word Became Flesh

Monday November 30, 2009
John's gospel begins, not with the birth of Jesus, but with a theological statement of incarnation: literally, "...the Word became flesh and pitched its tent with us." The incarnation is a mystery that theologians and philosophers have pondered and argued about for centuries.

Bishop Julian Gordy: No Death That God Cannot Overcome

Monday November 30, 2009
You can see, in the real world, how someone like Thomas Jefferson might get Good Friday but have doubts about Easter, might be certain of the reality of innocent suffering and death but not so sure about resurrection.

Bishop Julian Gordy: Our Spiritual Pilgrimage

Monday November 30, 2009
Over the years I have come to believe that the most important work of Lent is, simply stated, to learn humility.

Bishop Julian Gordy: The Mystery We Celebrate

Monday November 30, 2009
The mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus we celebrate this Triduum is not just another thing we Christians believe. It is the very center of our faith. Everything hinges on it. The stakes are high. Very high.

Bishop Julian Gordy: Getting Back to Basics

Monday November 30, 2009
People come to our assemblies looking for God, but we church folk have been focusing on survival strategies instead -- odd behavior for a community that follows Jesus who told us not to try to save our lives.

Bishop Julian Gordy: Light in the Darkness: An Advent Reflection

Monday November 30, 2009
Those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, celebrate the incarnation during the darkest time of the year. The birth of Mary’s baby reminds us that the Light has come, is coming into our world.

Bishop Julian Gordy: Seven ways to live a faithful life

Monday November 30, 2009
We were asked to join with voices of faith from our three Abrahamic traditions to think about how the ways we share comfort, prayer, resources and energy with others beyond our borders can in turn help each of us lead a more faithful life. We are pleased to share them with you from our perspective as Lutherans...

Video by Bishop H. Julian Gordy

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Bishop Julian Gordy (Part 2) - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

Monday November 30, 2009
Day1 host Peter Wallace sits down with Bishop Julian Gordy, head of the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, to discuss the work of the synod, the challenges of the church and the work of the Bishop.

Bishop Julian Gordy (Part 1) - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

Monday November 30, 2009
Day1 host Peter Wallace sits down with Bishop Julian Gordy, head of the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, to discuss the work of the synod, the challenges of the church and the work of the Bishop.