Category: ELCA

March 13, 2020

Congregational Resources & Bishop Eaton On COVID-19

With the outbreaks of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States and around the world, congregations and houses of worship need to be well-informed and well-prepared. The following information offers guidance as we minister to and engage with each other, and within our communities, as the body of Christ. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton...

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March 11, 2020

ELCA Publishes Civic Engagement Guide

The ELCA has published a Civic Engagement Guide. The resource guide is designed to encourage, empower and equip voter education and other responsible civic participation shaped by faith values. Civic engagement, according to a frequently referenced definition, means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the knowledge, skills,...

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March 10, 2020

ELCA Domestic Hunger Grant Applications Open April 1

The application window for 2020 ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants will open April 1. Visit ELCA.org/domestichungergrants to learn more about the grants and how to apply. Due to COVID-19, the deadline for grant applications has been extended to June 1.  Organizations applying for an ELCA grant for the first time are invited to set up...

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February 24, 2020

ELCA Partners With Census for Neighbor and Ourselves

Our communities are significantly shaped by census data, and Census 2020 will update these numbers for the first time in 10 years. The ELCA is an official partner of the 2020 Census to encourage the most accurate count possible. “Funding for over 100 federal programs, many of which combat poverty and hunger and support people...

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February 7, 2020

Standing for Protections for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians

Lutheran advocates stood with lawmakers and supporters of protections for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians in the Capitol on Feb. 3 as members of the LGBTQ community and their families shared stories of continued discrimination in housing and employment in Pennsylvania. “I was saddened by all of the heart-rending stories,” said the Rev. Michael Allwein of St. James,...

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January 24, 2020

New Resource: “Unpacking White Privilege: The Important Work of Making the Church Less Harmful”

For years, the ELCA has been working to educate and inspire Lutherans to promote fairness and racial equity in our churches, communities and country. At the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, the “Strategy Toward Authentic Diversity in the ELCA” was adopted. This strategy includes a commitment to digging deeper into the history and theology that “ground, clarify,...

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January 9, 2020

Bishop Eaton Issues Pastoral Message On Iran

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9). The current crisis between the United States and Iran is worrisome for many of us in our church, in our nation and in the world. Our country and Iran need urgently to find ways to resolve our differences through a de-escalation...

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January 8, 2020

Rick Steves: Why I Support ELCA World Hunger

Hear from travel author, TV host and Lutheran Rick Steves about why he chooses to support ELCA World Hunger. ELCA World Hunger is a recipient of a climate-smart grant from Rick Steves to support its work to fight hunger and poverty around the world.  As a partner with ELCA World Hunger, LAMPa equips Lutherans in...

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December 30, 2019

ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Anti-Semitic Incidents in New York

​December 30, 2019 Today is the last day of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. As our Jewish siblings lighted the menorah, they sang this blessing: We kindle these lights because of the wondrous deliverance You performed for our ancestors. During these eight days of Hanukkah,...

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November 26, 2019

New Lutheran Advocacy Video Resource Available

A new Lutheran Advocacy video is available for everyone to access and share how we are church together for the sake of the world God loves.  In addition to explaining how our faith-rooted advocacy happens, the video also gives disciples tips in how to be advocates, with guidance for conducting visits with policymakers.  Underwritten and...

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