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A Labor Day message from ELCA presiding bishop

Our calling from God begins in the waters of Baptism and is lived out in a wide array of settings and relationships. Freed through the Gospel, we are to serve others through arenas of responsibility such as family, work, and community life. Although we continue to be ensnared in the ambiguities and sin of this world, our vocation is to seek what…

Amy Odgren elected bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Minnesota Synod

​CHICAGO — The Rev. Amy Odgren, Walker, Minn., was elected Aug. 29 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly. Odgren was elected on the fifth ballot, with 167 votes. The Rev. David M. Carlson, pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church…

Tessa Moon Leiseth elected bishop of ELCA Eastern North Dakota Synod

​CHICAGO — The Rev. Tessa Moon Leiseth, Moorhead, Minn., was elected Aug. 16 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Eastern North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly. Moon Leiseth was elected on the fifth ballot, with 168 votes. The Rev. Jessica Daum, the synod’s director for…

ELCA commemorates 500th anniversary of Luther’s The Freedom of a Christian

​CHICAGO — This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s treatise The Freedom of a Christian. To observe this milestone, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), invites the church to read, study and reflect on this Lutheran witness of the Christian faith. In his work, Luther spoke of how God liberates us…

ELCA and Lutheran World Relief partner to fight COVID-19 around the world

​CHICAGO — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has worked with Lutheran World Relief (LWR) to repurpose $160,000 in project funding for emergency responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America, Africa and Asia. In Latin America, the funding will be used for food assistance in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, which have been hard-hit by the coronavirus and the resulting…

Virginia Aebischer elected bishop of ELCA South Carolina Synod

​CHICAGO — The Rev. Virginia S. Aebischer, Columbia, S.C., was elected July 25 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly. Aebischer was elected on the fifth ballot, with 280 votes. The Rev. Jacqueline Utley, pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church in…

Craig Schweitzer elected bishop of ELCA Western North Dakota Synod

​CHICAGO — The Rev. Craig A. Schweitzer, Bismarck, N.D., was elected July 17 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Western North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly. An in-person synod gathering had been scheduled earlier in the spring, but concerns about COVID-19 led the Synod Council…

ELCA Unveils New Design for Future of the Church

​CHICAGO — This week, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) unveiled a new, innovative design for the future of the church that will ensure the answering of God’s call to invite more into the way of Jesus. This design will focus on attracting young, diverse people, to positioning the ELCA for the future. “The world has changed but the message of…

ELCA Joins Faith Communities in Calling for Day of Mourning for Hagia Sophia

​CHICAGO  — The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), calls on the church to join with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and faith communities around the world for a day of mourning on Friday, July 24. The observance was called for in the July 19 encyclical from His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America…