• ELCA Church Council meets under Future Directions 2025

    Apr 17, 2018

    CHICAGO – The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) met at The Lutheran Center in Chicago April 5-8. The council, which serves as the ELCA's board of directors, convened under the framework of ELCA Future Directions 2025. In her report, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton emphasized that the work of the churchwide organization, including that of the council, is guided by "ways to live into and implement the five goals that we set as a church together in Future Directions 2025.""This church spent a good deal of time and invested in heartfelt conversation and prayerful[…]

  • Earth Day statement from ELCA presiding bishop

    Apr 16, 2018

    As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we share a deep love for all of God's creation and a profound responsibility for it. Made in the image of God, we are called to continue what God is already doing for the earth (Psalm 104), enabling it to flourish. God assigns humans to care for the earth as God does, in loving servanthood. (Philippians 2:7, Genesis 2:15).[i]   Daily we witness the evidence of a rapidly changing climate. At the same time, we also witness in too many instances how the earth's natural beauty, a sign of God's wonderful[…]

  • ELCA presiding bishop issues pastoral statement on humanitarian situation in Syria

    Apr 14, 2018

    "Give God no rest" (Isaiah 62:6-7) until that day when "the wolf and the lamb shall feed together. ... They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the Lord" (Isaiah 65:25) (ELCA social statement, "For Peace in God's World").In recent days we have witnessed, with additional horror, further atrocities in Syria in a conflict that has taken almost countless lives over the past seven years and displaced millions of Syrians and others.Following the April 13 air strikes conducted by the armed forces of the United States, the United Kingdom and France, the president and the general[…]

  • ELCA presiding bishop calls on church to work for racial justice

    Apr 6, 2018

    CHICAGO (April 6, 2018) – Following the "Act Now: Unite to End Racism" rally in Washington, D.C., the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued a statement on racism, recommitting this church "to work for racial justice and inclusion, to work against white privilege, and to be a church that truly welcomes all." The April 4 rally was held in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.Bishop Eaton's statement:In 2017, we observed the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In 500 years, Lutheranism has grown into[…]

  • ELCA presiding bishop delivers Easter message

    Mar 27, 2018

    CHICAGO – In her Easter message, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), reminds us that Jesus’ crucifixion is the death of our death. Listen to Eaton’s message.English PDF: http://bit.ly/2GhnwlY | Spanish PDF: http://bit.ly/2unhS0i​

  • The Campaign for the ELCA enters final year with $144 million – 73 percent of goal – raised

    Mar 20, 2018

    CHICAGO -- Entering its fifth scheduled year, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's (ELCA) first comprehensive campaign, Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA, is celebrating $144 million in cash gifts and gift commitments, representing 73 percent of the five-year, $198 million goal by Jan. 31, 2019. In addition, $30.5 million in planned gifts is committed to the ministries of the campaign."Through this first-ever campaign, we made a commitment to invest in the future of the ELCA – and working together to do so. Something we learned and saw with the Malaria Campaign is that every gift counts,"[…]

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