Category: ELCA

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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August 6, 2020

ELCA Commemorates 500th Anniversary of Luther’s The Freedom of a Christian

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s treatise The Freedom of a Christian. To observe this milestone, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), invites the church to read, study and reflect on this Lutheran witness of the Christian faith. In his work, Luther spoke...

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August 4, 2020

ELCA and Lutheran World Relief Partner to Fight COVID-19 Around the World

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has worked with Lutheran World Relief (LWR) to repurpose $160,000 in project funding for emergency responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America, Africa and Asia. In Latin America, the funding will be used for food assistance in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, which have been hard-hit by...

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July 22, 2020

Season of Creation Devotions Offered by Four Heads of Communion

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and leaders from The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have prepared a series of devotions to observe the Season of Creation 2020, Sept. 1–Oct. 4. The season, which begins with the...

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July 15, 2020

Accessing “Advocacy Tools for Loving Your Neighbor”

Our thoughts and prayers inform our actions.  An online training event hosted jointly by the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, “Advocacy Tools for Loving Your Neighbor”,  was held July 9. Both Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, plus advocacy leaders from both denominations, participated in the webinar that explored...

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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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