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A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton “I Wonder”

by Dan Wilkinson

“I Wonder” Recently, I heard the Bach cantata O heilges Geist und Wasserbad. The cantata’s text is based on John 3:1-15, which was the Gospel lesson at the service where the cantata was first performed. The image that stuck with me and about which I have been doing a lot of thinking was the story […]

ELCA presiding bishop delivers Easter message

by Dan Wilkinson

4/12/2017 12:40:00 PM CHICAGO (April 12, 2017) – In her Easter message, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), reminds us to rejoice even when the brokenness of this world breaks our spirits. Visit ELCA.org to listen to Eaton’s message. – – – About the Evangelical Lutheran […]

ELCA Church Council holds spring 2017 meeting

by Dan Wilkinson

4/11/2017 3:45:00 PM ITASCA  – The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) met at the Eaglewood Conference Center, Itasca, Ill., March 30-April 2. The council, which serves as the ELCA’s board of directors, met in plenary on Friday, March 31, and spent the remainder of its time in retreat, focused on […]

ELCA presiding bishop issues pastoral message on Syria

by Dan Wilkinson

4/8/2017 4:30:00 PM CHICAGO – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued a pastoral message on Syria. Eaton’s message follows. Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Like many of you, I have been deeply troubled by the news this week from Syria. First, there was […]

ELCA – Moved by the Spirit in the Midst of Strife

by Dan Wilkinson

3/23/2017 6:00:00 PM More than 7 million people in South Sudan need humanitarian assistance as a result of drought and renewed violence. According to UNICEF, famine was recently declared in the north-central part of the country, where 100,000 people are facing imminent starvation. Recently, the #4famines hashtag has been drawing attention to the four countries […]

ELCA’s comprehensive campaign enters fourth year with $113 million raised

by Dan Wilkinson

3/22/2017 8:25:00 AM CHICAGO – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) first comprehensive campaign, Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA, is celebrating the beginning of its fourth year with $113 million in cash gifts and gift commitments, representing 57 percent of the five-year, $198 million goal by Jan. 31, 2019. “We […]

LWR India-Nepal TransBoundry Flood Resilience Project Wins Competitive Water Window Challenge Grant

by Dan Wilkinson

Lutheran World Relief has been named a winner of the competitive Water Window Challenge, securing a $1 million grant for the expansion of LWR’s Trans-Boundary Flood Resilience Project helping communities on the India-Nepal border cope with persistent and destructive flooding. The Water Window Challenge is a global competition initiated by the Z Zurich Foundation and […]

ELCA Conference of Bishops targets developing leaders, congregational growth

by Dan Wilkinson

3/16/2017 9:10:00 AM ITASCA (March 16, 2017) – The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) emphasized leadership development and congregational growth when it met here March 2-7. The conference is an advisory body of the ELCA that includes 65 synod bishops, the presiding bishop and secretary. The Rev. William O. […]

LWR Launches $13 Million Effort to Aid Poor Farmers in Niger

by Dan Wilkinson

Part of a $41 Million, 5-Year Initiative in West Africa’s Sahel Region BALTIMORE—Lutheran World Relief, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, is launching a $13 million initiative in southern Niger to reduce poverty by increasing farmer incomes. The initiative aims to benefit more than […]

ELCA – Lutheran-Catholic joint observance of 500th anniversary of the Reformation

by Dan Wilkinson

3/6/2017 9:15:00 AM ​CHICAGO (March 6, 2017) – In the preeminent U.S. observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (Oct. 31, 2017), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Conference of Bishops’ Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Committee and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Committee gathered March 2 for a […]