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ELCA Introduces “Now Is the Time” Study Guide

​ CHICAGO (Jan. 19, 2022) — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America introduces “Now Is the Time: A Study Guide for ELCA Declaration to People of African Descent” to help congregations wrestle with the meaning of the declaration, adopted at the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, and its accompanying explanation. In the declaration, the ELCA “apologizes to people of African descent for its historical…

The Grammar of Creation: What is Nature Speaking to Us? (Are We Listening?)

Register Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2022 is Planet Earth & You. In January, join Sr. Damien Marie Savino, Dean of Science & Sustainability at Aquinas College and a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist with a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, as she reflects on the ancient…

Bishop Eaton issues message on 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day

​“Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain” (Isaiah 40:4). Eighty years ago, on a beautiful Sunday morning, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was tragically transformed from an island paradise into a bloody battlefield. After the Japanese bombed the U.S. Navy, war was declared and tragedy ensued. During…

Pastoral message on the verdicts concerning the murder of Ahmaud Arbery

​In response to the verdicts in the trial of Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William Bryan in Brunswick, Ga., for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, we offer a word of prayer and healing. We pray for Arbery’s family because no verdict can ease the pain and suffering of the murder of their loved one. As a church concerned for all, we pray also for the defendants, that God’s grace may transform their…

A pastoral message on the Rittenhouse acquittal

​Dear church,  In the book of Leviticus we read: “You shall not render an unjust judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbor” (19:15).  Our social message on Community Violence urges us to become more involved in countering the reality and fear of violence in our communities and our…

ELCA Church Council expresses gratitude for leadership of Bill Horne

​CHICAGO — Gathering here Nov. 11-13, the Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) began its meeting with a shared time in remembrance of William B. “Bill” Horne II, ELCA vice president, who died Aug. 14 in Clearwater, Fla. In action, the council gave thanks for Horne’s life and faithful service and “expressed appreciation for his wise, fair, and…

Churches Beyond Borders releases devotional inspired by United Nations anti-violence efforts

CHICAGO (Nov. 9, 2021) – Working alongside the United Nations’ “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” campaign, the four member churches of Churches Beyond Borders have compiled a 16-day devotional focusing on the campaign’s theme opposing intersectional violence against women. The devotional — an annual tradition for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of…

ELCA Foundation announces launch of Ministry Growth Fund

CHICAGO (Nov. 1, 2021) – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Foundation today announced the relaunch of its Endowment Fund Pooled Trust — also known as Fund A — under a new name, the Ministry Growth Fund, which better represents the foundation’s goals for the future. “As we look toward future growth for our church and its ministries, we must ask…

A pastoral letter from the ELCA presiding bishop regarding the actions of the Reformed Church in America General Synod 2021

“I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3 NRSV). Dear church, Like many of you, I have…