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A statement from Bishop Eaton addressing racial justice

“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24).   The last 16 days have been a microcosm of the original sins of racism and white supremacy in the United States. This has included the trial of Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd; the extrajudicial killings of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Adam Toledo in Chicago; the…

Earth Day statement from Bishop Eaton

​O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. —Psalm 104:24 Throughout Scripture, God promises to restore God’s people to health and wholeness, a promise that includes the renewal of all creation. This promise is depicted dramatically in the final pages of the book of Revelation as a grand vision of a new heaven and a new earth. The earth…

Bishop Eaton issues statement on gun violence

​He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:24). Dear church,  As a nation we have lived through a very difficult two weeks following the mass shootings in Atlanta on March 16 and again in Boulder, Colo., on March 22. The shooting…

ELCA and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) resume dialogue

​CHICAGO — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have resumed a bilateral dialogue that will define a new ecumenical relationship for common mission and ministry. In a March 10 meeting, leaders from the two church bodies resumed the dialogue that had begun in 2004 but been put on hold due to leadership and staff changes…

Statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

​CHICAGO — The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Anglican Church of Canada and The Episcopal Church have issued a statement in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21. The statement follows: From Churches Beyond Borders: Evangelical Lutheran Church in…

Lutherans participate in U.N. Commission on the Status of Women

​CHICAGO — Delegates from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) will participate in the 65th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), meeting online March 15-26 under the theme “Women in Public Life: Equal Participation in Decision-Making.” Uniting more than 70 members from 33 countries, the delegation will bring a Lutheran vision and voice to the…

ELCA Conference of Bishops holds spring meeting

​CHICAGO — The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) held its online meeting March 4-5. The conference, an advisory body of the ELCA, comprises 65 synod bishops, the presiding bishop and the secretary. “While the technology allows us to meet, much of what we do when we are together is build relationships with each other between sessions,” said…

ELCA leaders call on Congress to pass U.S. Citizenship Act

​CHICAGO — The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has joined more than 500 ELCA rostered ministers and the CEOs of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and Lutheran Services in America (LSA) in calling on Congress to support the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. In a March 4 letter, the leaders urge lawmakers to…

Exodus 19:1-10

1On the third new moon after the Israelites had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day, they came into the wilderness of Sinai. 2They had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain. 3Then Moses went up to God; the LORD called to him from…