• This is the Day

    Jun 5, 2020

    ​               "Out of my distress I called on the Lord" (Psalm 118:5).We are a nation in distress. We are a church in distress. The coronavirus has killed 103,000 of us. The virus of racism has taken hundreds of thousands more throughout our history. Now these two deadly viruses converge. Under this distress the veneer of equality has cracked and we see the pain, anger and frustration of those who have been denied the rights and dignity so many of us expect and often take for granted.I have heard it said that slavery ended[…]

  • ELCA reaffirms commitment to combat racism and white supremacy

    May 29, 2020

     What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8). The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) reaffirms its commitment to combating racism and white supremacy following the recent murders of Black Americans. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Dreasjon (Sean) Reed, and George Floyd were our neighbors. Ahmaud Arbery was chased down, shot, and killed by a retired police officer and his son while jogging in Brunswick, Ga. (Feb. 23, 2020). Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was shot eight times by Louisville Metro Police Department officers who[…]

  • Statement on Illinois anti-Semitic messages

    May 18, 2020

    “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you”  (Genesis 9:9).Dear church, In today’s lectionary text, Genesis 9:8-17, Noah receives God’s covenant. The rainbow becomes a sign of the irrevocable promise of God’s faithfulness and mercy — of God’s peace for all creation. So, too, are we called to be signs of, or witnesses to, God’s peace. With you, we are alarmed by a completely different kind of sign. As you know, protests against stay-at-home orders have erupted over the past few weeks. Protesting is a valid public expression, but here in Illinois, protesting has[…]

  • ELCA presiding bishop issues pastoral message on COVID-19 racism and white supremacy

    May 13, 2020

    ​For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. —I Corinthians 12:12 May 13, 2020 Dear church, Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!  During the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am encouraged by your resilience and creativity in our witness to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I am also inspired by your generosity. Through the ELCA COVID-19 Response Fund and our Daily Bread grants, we are providing critical support to struggling yet vital ministries across this church. Through Lutheran Disaster Response International we[…]

  • ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission cancels volunteer placement for 2020-21

    Apr 17, 2020

    ​CHICAGO — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread within new regions of the United States and across the globe, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has decided to cancel sending Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) volunteers for the 2020-21 program year. The program was scheduled to begin in August.Young Adults in Global Mission is an international mission opportunity for young people from the ages of 21 to 29 in which volunteers live and serve with ELCA companion churches and partner organizations around the world. In his letter to the church, the Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla, executive director[…]

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