ELCA News

  • DECLARACIÓN DE LÍDERES DE FE SOBRE LA SEPARACIÓN DE LA FAMILIA

    Jun 12, 2018

    7 de junio de 2018  DECLARACIÓN DE LÍDERES DE FE SOBRE LA SEPARACIÓN DE LA FAMILIA Recientemente, la Administración anunció que comenzará a separar familias y procesar criminalmente a todas las personas que entren a los Estados Unidos sin autorización previa. Como líderes religiosos representantes de diversas perspectivas de fe, y con interés conjunto por el bienestar de migrantes vulnerables que cruzan nuestras fronteras huyendo del peligro y de amenazas de muerte, quedamos profundamente decepcionados y entristecidos cuando escuchamos esta noticia.Ratificamos a la familia como la estructura fundamental de la sociedad que sostiene a la comunidad humana, y vemos al hogar[…]

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  • ELCA presiding bishop, faith leaders issue statement on family separation

    Jun 7, 2018

    CHICAGO (June 7, 2018) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has convened ELCA ecumenical and inter-religious partners in a statement addressing concerns over a recent U.S. government policy calling for more stringent enforcement of federal immigration laws. The policy will most likely result in an increase in family separations. The letter follows:Recently, the Administration announced that it will begin separating families and criminally prosecuting all people who enter the U.S. without previous authorization. As religious leaders representing diverse faith perspectives, united in our concern for the wellbeing of vulnerable migrants[…]

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  • Laurie Skow-Anderson elected bishop of the ELCA Northwest Synod of Wisconsin

    Jun 6, 2018

    CHICAGO – The Rev. Laurie Skow-Anderson, Menomonie, Wis., was elected June 3 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly June 2-3 at the Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.Skow-Anderson was elected on the fifth ballot with 228 votes to 187 votes for the Rev. John A. Sutherland, assistant to the synod's bishop.The bishop-elect currently serves as the synod's director for evangelical mission. She served as a pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Pelican Rapids, Minn., from[…]

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  • Brian Maas re-elected bishop of ELCA Nebraska Synod

    Jun 5, 2018

    CHICAGO -- The Rev. Brian D. Maas, Omaha, was re-elected June 1 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly May 31-June 2 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney, Neb.The bishop was re-elected on the first ballot with 477 votes. A total of 586 votes were cast.Maas has served as bishop of the Nebraska Synod in Omaha since 2012. He served as pastor of First Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Neb., from 2006 to 2012 and as pastor of Immanuel[…]

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  • ELCA presiding bishop letter of support in response to Indonesian bombings

    May 18, 2018

    CHICAGO – In response to the recent terror attacks at three churches and a police station in Surabaya, Indonesia, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), sent a letter offering prayers and support to The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) National Committee in Indonesia."On behalf of your brothers and sisters in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, I join all of you in the 13 Lutheran churches across Indonesia as you advocate for peace and harmony among all Indonesian people, especially between the different faith communities; as you call on your government to[…]

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  • ELCA presiding bishop's pastoral message on situation in Gaza

    May 15, 2018

    May 15, 2018Like so many here in our country and around the world, I am appalled and saddened by yesterday's escalation of Israeli military action against protestors in Gaza. Many reports indicate that at least 60 Palestinians, including six children, have died and more than 2,000 have been injured as a result of Israel's disproportionate use of force. Our church will support a planned medical mission from The Lutheran World Federation's Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem to Gaza to assist the wounded.I join Bishop Sani-Ibrahim Azar of our partner church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land[…]

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