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

    Aug 5, 2020

    ​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 in Christ to live generously and courageously in service of our neighbor's liberation, confident that God's mercy will free us all. "Christian[s] … do not live in themselves but in Christ and their neighbor, or else they are not[…]

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

    Aug 4, 2020

    ​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 economic disruption that is causing increased hunger. In Africa, the support will provide improved water, sanitation and hygiene, along with personal protective equipment, to displaced communities in South Sudan. And a project in Nepal will ensure that quarantine facilities[…]

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  • Virginia Aebischer elected bishop of ELCA South Carolina Synod

    Jul 28, 2020

    ​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 Columbia, received 211 votes.The bishop-elect has served as assistant to the bishop since 2008. She served as pastor of Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church in West Columbia, S.C., from 2001 to 2008, and as pastor of the Lutheran Church of[…]

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  • Craig Schweitzer elected bishop of ELCA Western North Dakota Synod

    Jul 23, 2020

    ​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 to move the gathering to an online format. Schweitzer is the first bishop in the ELCA to be elected in an online assembly.Schweitzer was elected on the sixth ballot, with 165 votes. The Rev. Desireé Uhrich, pastor of[…]

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  • ELCA Unveils New Design for Future of the Church

    Jul 22, 2020

    ​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 position the ELCA for the future."The world has changed but the message of the gospel has not," said the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop. "What needs to change is the way the church engages the world to invite more people into the way of Jesus – the way of love,[…]

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

    Jul 21, 2020

    ​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 and the bishops of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. It is in response to the decision by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey to convert the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul from a museum, its long-term status, to a mosque."We join[…]

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