These webpages are in development and we will continue posting material as November approaches.

Background on suffering from WWI

         The Forgotten Pandemic

         The Minnesota Connection

         A Personal Experience

         Cautions on Suicide and Sacrifice

          Sermon Thoughts

          Rev. Dr. Kelly Denton-Borhaug articles on Sacrifice-  A Message on the use of Sacrifice

          Rev. Dr. Kelly Denton-Borhaug-Longer Article on Sacrifice 

Additional materials at:

             Suggested liturgy for observing the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day


               Minneapolis Area Synod - 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day Resources

Armistice Day

Resources for observing Armistice/Veteran’s Day 11.11.18

in Communities of Faith

The Sunday observance of the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day presents challenges and opportunities to leaders of faith communities. We hope these materials will be of assistance.

 We join with many diverse organizations (among them the ELCA military chaplains and Veterans for Peace) in asking for reclaiming the moment of 11 am on Sunday in observance. Traditionally, a bell is rung eleven times and otherwise silence is kept for two minutes. Here is text that could be read (or the statement could simply be printed in the worship bulletin)

“The Armistice of 1918 ended the horrendous slaughter of World War I, called the war to end all wars. When the Armistice was signed, exuberant joy broke out around the world. For many years bells rang 11 times at that 11th hour of the 11th day on the 11th month. Then it slowly faded away, especially in the U.S.

 Now we ring bells again, many bells, many places, 11 times, at that sacred moment. With a moment of silence, we remember the soldiers and civilians killed in warfare in every country, and we commit to work and pray for peace until this assault on the Will of the Creator of us all, is finally over.”

We fear that there may be some glorification around the 100th Anniversary, especially confusing what was called the “Great War” as something great for America. We hope that after 100 years, some truth can finally be told about a war and its consequences without the risk of triggering traumatic responses among survivors. Accordingly, we have created a number of materials that might be of use to you.  See liturgical suggestions at 

With the aim of inspiring others, we offer to post ideas from others, so send them to and check for updates at

In particular, we urge concern if preaching on the Common Lectionary text, the Widow’s Mite and offer suggestions.   This year, the 11th of November is also the first Sunday after a contentious election and for many congregations, stewardship campaigns are underway.  We understand that different congregations are juggling different contexts. We just want you to know that we’re providing resources with the intent of making your choices easier!


All of the websites will listed will continue to be updated until after 11.11.18.