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  • ELCA presiding bishop World Refugee Day message

    Jun 20, 2017

    CHICAGO – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued the following message in observance of World Refugee Day.Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,Today is World Refugee Day. Observed every year on June 20, this is a day when we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees worldwide. There are more people fleeing war and persecution than ever before. We are now facing the largest global refugee crisis, with over 65 million people forcibly displaced from their countries. Twenty-one million of those who are displaced are refugees. The[…]

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  • Robert Humphrey elected bishop of ELCA Virginia Synod

    Jun 13, 2017

    CHICAGO – The Rev. Robert F Humphrey, Harrisonburg, Va., was elected June 11 to a six-year term as bishop of the Virginia Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod assembly May 9-11 at Roanoke College in Salem, Va.Humphrey was elected on the fifth ballot with 217 votes to 167 votes for the Rev. Kelly Bayer Derrick, associate pastor of St. Philip Lutheran Church in Roanoke. A total of 193 votes was needed for election. Humphrey has served as lead pastor of Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, Harrisonburg, since 2010. The bishop-elect earned a[…]

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  • ELCA to celebrate 500th anniversary of the Reformation with public event in D.C.

    Jun 8, 2017

    CHICAGO – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will host a commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on Oct. 31 at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington, D.C. Eaton will be joined by the Rev. William O. Gafkjen, bishop of the ELCA Indiana-Kentucky Synod and chair of the ELCA Conference of Bishops; the Rev. Richard H. Graham, bishop of the ELCA Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod; and ELCA Vice President Bill Horne. The event, which will meet under the theme "Looking Back and Called Forward," will be available[…]

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  • S. John Roth re-elected bishop of ELCA Central/Southern Illinois Synod

    Jun 7, 2017

    CHICAGO – The Rev. S. John Roth, Jacksonville, Ill., was re-elected June 3 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Central/Southern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly June 1-3 at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville, Ill.Roth was re-elected on the fifth ballot with 160 votes to 123 votes for the Rev. Tony A. Metz, pastor of Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Quincy, Ill.Roth has served as bishop of the Central/Southern Illinois Synod in Springfield since 2011. He served as pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in[…]

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  • Katherine A. Finegan elected bishop of ELCA Northern Great Lakes Synod

    May 25, 2017

    CHICAGO – The Rev. Katherine A. Finegan, Marquette, Mich., was elected May 23 to a six-year term as bishop of the Northern Great Lakes Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly May 21-23 at Messiah Lutheran Church and Northern Michigan University in Marquette.Finegan was elected on the fifth ballot with 164 votes to 84 votes for the Rev. Peter M. Jonas, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Arcadia, Wis. Finegan has served as assistant to the bishop in the Northern Great Lakes Synod since 2012. She served as pastor of[…]

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