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ELCA presiding bishop joins NCC leaders in letter to vice president, Cabinet and Congress

​CHICAGO — The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), joined leaders from the National Council of Churches (NCC) in an open letter to Vice President Mike Pence, members of Congress and the Cabinet, calling for the removal of President Donald Trump from office. The letter states: “Our faith instructs us to take seriously positions of…

ELCA presiding bishop post-election video message

​ELCA presiding bishop Elizabeth Eaton speaks to the church about healing and unity in this post-election video message.  The transcript follows: Dear church, Elections are an opportunity to remember that no matter the outcome, we belong to God whose love is steadfast and whose grace is with us always. No human candidate can guarantee our life or our future – that is work…

ELCA presiding bishop and ecumenical partners address racism and white supremacy in Advent message

​CHICAGO — The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and leaders of The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have joined together to offer the following Advent message: Churches Beyond Borders  Advent Call to Address Racism and White Supremacy John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming…

ELCA Future Church design affirmed by ELCA Church Council

​CHICAGO – The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has affirmed the proposed Future Church design that is focused on a renewed purpose to activate the entire church so that more people may know the way of Jesus and discover community, justice and love. The council, which serves as the ELCA’s board of directors and legislative authority for the…

ELCA Presiding Bishop Election Message

​ELCA presiding bishop Elizabeth Eaton speaks to the church about the election in a video message. Transcript below. Today, the uncertainty of this election is causing anxiety and stress for many, not only in our church, but also across our nation and around the world. Even in the midst of a pandemic, voters have done their jobs and turned out in record numbers. And now our election officials are doing theirs, as they…

Christopher deForest elected bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod

​CHICAGO — The Rev. Christopher deForest, Kutztown, Pa., was elected Oct. 24 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly. Rev. deForest was elected on the fifth ballot, with 260 votes. The Rev. Ryan Hersch, pastor of Atonement Lutheran Church in Wyomissing,…