Category: ELCA

December 2, 2020

ELCA joins ecumenical partners in Advent message: Churches Beyond Borders Advent Call to Address Racism and White Supremacy

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and leaders of The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have joined together to offer the following Advent message: Churches Beyond Borders Advent Call to Address Racism and White Supremacy John the...

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November 17, 2020

ELCA Future Church Design Affirmed by ELCA Church Council

The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has affirmed the proposed Future Church design that is focused on a renewed purpose to activate the entire church so that more people may know the way of Jesus and discover community, justice and love. The council, which serves as the ELCA’s board of...

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November 4, 2020

Bishop Eaton Shares Post Election Message

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton speaks to the church about the election in a video message. The following is the video transcript: Today, the uncertainty of this election is causing anxiety and stress for many, not only in our church, but also across our nation and around the world.  Even...

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October 20, 2020

ELCA Provides Worship Resources for a National Election

Many of us feel pulled to prayer in the lead up to the election. The new ELCA Worship resource, “Worship Resources for a National Election” contains crafted prayers and suggestions for sacred music to guide worship, prayer, vigils, and devotions preceding or following the election. These resources are offered in PDF and Word formats, to...

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October 7, 2020

Women of the ELCA Release Updated Resource: “Called to be Political (But I Don’t Want to be Political!)”

Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)  have released a new updated version of  “Called to Be Political (but I don’t want to be political!)”. This resource, easily adapted for virtual use, is designed to be used with Faith Formation, Sunday School, young adult or small group gatherings.  It may be downloaded from...

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September 29, 2020

ELCA World Hunger Accepts Applications for Daily Bread Grants

ELCA World Hunger’s Daily Bread Matching Grants support congregations and their partners as they work toward a just world where all are fed. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregations with feeding ministries are eligible to participate. Submit your application today! As part of the ELCA’s continuing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this fall more than...

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September 28, 2020

How Congregations Can Help Reduce Election Chaos, Increase Safety for Voters

Although some parts of Pennsylvania’s election process are still being litigated, there are ways in which ELCA congregations and parishioners can offer assistance now to reduce stress and increase confidence in a system already dealing with existing and proposed changes in voting laws, significant election official turnover and glaring national attention tied to the commonwealth’s...

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September 24, 2020

A Pastoral Word on the Grand Jury Decision in Louisville

September 24, 2020 For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. ― Ephesians 2:14 In response to the grand jury decision in Louisville, Ky., we offer a word of prayer and healing following the decision not to charge police officers for Breonna Taylor’s death. As a...

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September 19, 2020

ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Disregard for Human Life and Dignity at Private Detention Facility

“As Christ on the cross did not lose his dignity, but in fact revealed himself fully in vulnerability, every human who is being mistreated retains the image of God that confers dignity. A society should not deny a person’s dignity for any reason.” —ELCA social message “Human Rights,” p. 4 On Monday, Sept. 14, I learned of the very...

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August 21, 2020

ELCA Church Council Adopts New Social Message

The ELCA Church Council has unanimously adopted a new social message: “Government and Civic Engagement in the United States: Discipleship in a Democracy.” This project was called for at the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, with an intention that it be ready to read before the national election this fall. The social message defines government as...

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