ELCA News

  • Michael Rinehart re-elected bishop of the ELCA Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod

    May 17, 2019

    ​CHICAGO  – The Rev. Michael W. Rinehart was elected May 17 to serve a third six-year term as bishop of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly, held May 17-18 at Kinsmen Lutheran Church in Houston. Rinehart was elected on the first ballot, with 145 votes. A total of 135 votes were needed for election. He was first elected in 2007.  Prior to becoming bishop, Rinehart served as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Conroe, Texas, from 1997-2007; Christ Lutheran Church in Charlotte, N.C., from 1994-1997;[…]

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  • Laurie Larson Caesar elected bishop of the ELCA Oregon Synod

    May 16, 2019

    CHICAGO – The Rev. Laurie A. Larson Caesar, Portland, was elected May 11 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the Synod Assembly, held May 10-12 at the Graduate Hotel in Eugene. Larson Caesar was elected on the fifth ballot, with 164 votes. The Rev. David Brauer-Rieke, bishop of the ELCA Oregon Synod since 2007, received 118. The bishop-elect has served as pastor of Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church in Beaverton since 1996. Larson Caesar received a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University,[…]

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  • Lorna Halaas elected bishop of the ELCA Western Iowa Synod

    May 9, 2019

    CHICAGO – The Rev. Lorna H. Halaas, Sioux City, Iowa, was elected May 4 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Western Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the Synod Assembly, held May 3-5 at Sioux City Convention Center.Halaas was elected on the fifth ballot with 146 votes. The Rev. William Tesch, associate to the bishop and director of evangelical mission in the ELCA South Dakota Synod, received 112. The bishop-elect has served as assistant to the bishop of the Western Iowa Synod since 2013. She served as interim[…]

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  • Statement from ELCA presiding bishop addresses synagogue shooting

    Apr 29, 2019

    April 29, 2019On Saturday, the last day of Passover, another shooting occurred at a synagogue — this time, Chabad of Poway, in California. The living had gathered to offer prayers to honor the dead and to close the Jewish festival of God's liberating promise. Once again, worship was interrupted by deadly violence.We stand against this latest public act of anti-Semitism and domestic terrorism, and with the Jewish community. Together, with our ecumenical and inter-religious partners, we will continue to "oppose the deadly working of such bigotry, both within our own circles and in the society around us" ("Declaration of ELCA[…]

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  • ELCA presiding bishop delivers Easter message

    Apr 16, 2019

    ELCA presiding bishop delivers Easter message ​CHICAGO (April 16, 2019) – In her Easter message, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), reminds us that Easter makes it possible, even at the grave, to sing alleluia. Listen to Eaton's message. View the message in English. View the message in Spanish.- - - About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with nearly 3.5 million members in more than 9,100 worshiping communities across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's[…]

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  • ELCA Church Council approves measures addressing sexism, embracing authentic diversity

    Apr 9, 2019

    CHICAGO – The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) met at the Lutheran Center in Chicago April 4-7.  The council, which serves as the ELCA's board of directors, took action on a variety of matters designed to help move the church's mission and ministries forward. Council members voted to recommend to the 2019 Churchwide Assembly adoption of the proposed social statement "Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Lutheran Call to Action" and the related implementing resolutions. They expressed appreciation to the task force and churchwide staff for their six years of service in development of the social[…]

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