Category: ELCA

July 1, 2020

ELCA Seeks Applicants for Migration Policy Program Director

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is seeking applicants for the Migration Policy Program Director. This position is located in the Advocacy Office of the ELCA located in Washington DC and serves the church as a member of the Domestic Mission Unit. The Domestic Mission Unit mission is to foster and facilitate the work...

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June 24, 2020

Presiding Bishop Praises SCOTUS Decision On LGBTQIA+ Rights

June 24, 2020 “ELCA social teaching supports human rights for all people, regardless of their sex (biological), gender, or sexuality. This stance is rooted in respect and welcome for all people as created in the image of God and evident in the ELCA’s longstanding commitment to protecting civil and human rights” (Faith, Sexism, and Justice:...

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June 23, 2020

ELCA Advocacy Introduces “Virtual Visits” Resources

During a time of physical distancing when policy makers are less able to be out in their districts, it is important that constituents take opportunities to communicate their experience and opinions about the heightened public health and economic challenges. There may be something invigorating about walking up to a pillared building in your best business...

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June 18, 2020

Take the ELCA Anti-Racism Pledge & View the Emanuel Nine Prayer Service

The ELCA Prayer Service for Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine was held on June 17, 2020, the fifth anniversary of the evening nine people were shot and killed during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.  We join in a time of repentance, mourning and prayer as we remember these...

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June 18, 2020

ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Supreme Court Decision on DACA Program

June 18, 2020 This church urges “flexible and humane ways for undocumented persons who have been in this country for a specified amount of time to be able to adjust their legal status.” — ELCA social message, “Immigration” (1998) Today I rejoice in the renewal of dreams and the transformation of heartbreak into hope that...

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June 5, 2020

Bishop Eaton Shares Message: This is the Day

June 5, 2020 “Out of my distress I called on the Lord” (Psalm 118:5). We are a nation in distress. We are a church in distress. The coronavirus has killed 103,000 of us. The virus of racism has taken hundreds of thousands more throughout our history. Now these two deadly viruses converge. Under this distress...

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May 29, 2020

ELCA Presiding Bishop Calls on Church To Observe National Day of Mourning

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has called on the church to join with faith communities across the United States in lament and remembrance, and on our elected leaders to observe Monday, June 1, as a day of mourning to honor the more than 100,000 people...

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May 29, 2020

ELCA Reaffirms Commitment to Combat Racism and White Supremacy

May 29, 2020   What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8).   The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) reaffirms its commitment to combating racism and white supremacy following the recent murders of Black Americans. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna...

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May 27, 2020

Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine — June 17

As part of the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, voting members adopted a resolution designating June 17  as a commemoration of the martyrdom of the Emanuel 9—the nine people shot and killed on June 17, 2015, during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Resources are available on the ELCA website...

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May 13, 2020

ELCA Presiding Bishop Issues Pastoral Message on COVID-19 Racism and White Supremacy

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. —  I Corinthians 12:12   May 13, 2020 Dear church, Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! During the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am encouraged by your...

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