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Bishop Eaton issues pastoral message on SCOTUS ruling regarding Roe v. Wade

​Dear church,  Whatever personal perspective one might take on the June 24 abortion ruling from the Supreme Court, it is the legal framework in which we now minister, and I wish to speak a pastoral word at this time. The Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, removing federal constitutional protection for safe and legal abortion and leaving decisions about…

World Refugee Day 2022

​ “You shall…also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 10:19). The global need for loving the stranger through accompaniment of migrants and refugees has never been greater. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports there are now over 100 million people who have been displaced around the world through conflict, famine, climate change, and…

William Gafkjen reelected bishop of ELCA Indiana-Kentucky Synod

​CHICAGO — The Rev. William O. Gafkjen, Indianapolis, was reelected June 9 to serve a third six-year term as bishop of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the synod assembly, June 9-11 at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, Ind. The bishop was reelected on the first ballot with 204 votes. A total…

Bishop Eaton participates in Emanuel Nine commemoration event

​Chicago — The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will join faith and government leaders on June 17 to mark the seventh anniversary of the racially motivated shootings at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The leaders will participate in a commemorative Bible study event that will kick off a yearlong Bible study…

A message from Presiding Bishop Eaton

​June 6, 2022 The Conference of Bishops (COB) met Sunday evening; Bishop Megan Rohrer chose not to attend. I shared that I am initiating the discipline process immediately, including suspension of Bishop Rohrer, based on additional information that has come to light. The COB strongly affirmed this decision. This process will take time, and I will provide updates as appropriate. I ask for…

Un Mensaje de Obispa Presidente Eaton

​6 de junio de 2022 La Conferencia de Obispos (COB) se reunió el domingo por la noche; el Obispo Megan Rohrer decidió no asistir. Informé a la COB que estoy iniciando el proceso disciplinario inmediatamente, incluyendo la suspensión del Obispo Rohrer, en función de cierta información adicional que ha salido a la luz. La COB afirmó con firmeza esta decisión. Este proceso…

Release of the Listening Team Report

June 1, 2022 The report was not immediately released out of respect for the confidential nature of the work they undertook, and that of the individuals they interviewed. After further consultation with the Listening Team, I have decided that releasing the report is a necessary step so that we can move forward and focus now on additional ways to facilitate healing. This additional…

David Nagler elected bishop of ELCA Pacifica Synod

​CHICAGO — The Rev. David C. Nagler, San Diego, was elected May 20 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Pacifica Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly, May 20-21 at the Irvine Marriott in Irvine, Calif. Nagler was elected on the fifth ballot, with 163 votes to 103 votes for…