Aug 15, 2017
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), stands against all forms of hatred and discrimination. The church believes that cultural, ethnic and racial differences should be seen and celebrated as what God intends them to be—blessings rather than means of oppression and discrimination. The ELCA’s social statement “Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity and Culture” states: “Racism—a mix of power, privilege, and prejudice—is sin, a violation of God’s intention for humanity. The resulting racial, ethnic, or cultural barriers deny the truth that all people are God’s creatures and, therefore, persons of dignity. Racism fractures and fragments both church and society.”The social[…]Read more...
Aug 11, 2017
CHICAGO – In support of those who will join an act of public witness against racial injustice Aug. 12 in Charlottesville, Va., the Rev. William O. Gafkjen, bishop of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and chair of the ELCA Conference of Bishops, has issued the following prayer on behalf of the conference.The prayer follows:Just and merciful God, we give you thanks for our sisters and brothers – bishops, pastors, deacons, people of God – who this Saturday walk the way of the cross in Charlottesville, Va. On this day and in that place, they[…]Read more...
Aug 3, 2017
CHICAGO – The Rev. Mark N. Wilhelm has been named executive director of the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities. Wilhelm previously served as ELCA program director for schools, which included early childhood, elementary, secondary and colleges and universities. He was appointed interim executive director of the network when it was established in 2015. "The search committee conducted a national search, which yielded a strong pool of candidates," said Steven C. Bahls, president of Augustana College and chair of the search committee. "Mark's depth of experience in Lutheran higher education, as well as his clear vision for facilitating a strong network ,[…]Read more...
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[…]Read more...
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[…]Read more...
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[…]Read more...
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