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ELCA presiding bishop, faith leaders issue statement on family separation

by Dan Wilkinson

6/7/2018 12:30:00 PM CHICAGO (June 7, 2018) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has convened ELCA ecumenical and inter-religious partners in a statement addressing concerns over a recent U.S. government policy calling for more stringent enforcement of federal immigration laws. The policy will most likely […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“God Loves” During a recent chapel service at the Lutheran Center, Rafael Malpica Padilla, executive director for Global Mission, shared his favorite Bible verse with us: “Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who […]

Lutheran World Relief Matching Funds!

by Dan Wilkinson

Lutheran World Relief, which provides emergency services in natural disaster areas and long-term development in impoverished communities all around the world, has received a matching funds grant for this summer. That means every dollar you give between now and July 24 will be matched — up to a total of $106,285! If you can help, […]

ELCA presiding bishop’s pastoral message on situation in Gaza

by Dan Wilkinson

5/15/2018 2:45:00 PM Like so many here in our country and around the world, I am appalled and saddened by yesterday’s escalation of Israeli military action against protestors in Gaza. Many reports indicate that at least 60 Palestinians, including six children, have died and more than 2,000 have been injured as a result of Israel’s […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton “Earth Day Statement”

by Dan Wilkinson

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton “Earth Day Statement” As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we share a deep love for all of God’s creation and a profound responsibility for it. Made in the image of God, we are called to continue what God is already doing for the earth […]

ELCA Presiding Bishop Calls on Church to Work for Racial Justice

by Dan Wilkinson

CHICAGO (April 6, 2018) – Following the “Act Now: Unite to End Racism” rally in Washington, D.C., the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued a statement on racism, recommitting this church “to work for racial justice and inclusion, to work against white privilege, and to […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“Easter Message” It all started with such promise – the angel announcing to Mary that the child she would bear would be called Son of the Most High; the conviction of Mary that this child would be the embodiment of God’s promised justice, that the hungry would be filled with good things and the rich […]

ELCA Presiding Bishop Delivers Easter Message

by Dan Wilkinson

CHICAGO (March 27, 2018) – In her Easter message, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), reminds us that Jesus’ crucifixion is the death of our death. Listen to Eaton’s message.

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“God’s Irresistible Call” When first elected presiding bishop, I was often asked what it meant to be the first woman entrusted with this call. I didn’t like that question then. I’m still ambivalent about it now. Why, in the 21st century, did my gender matter? Why, in 2013, was the election of a woman historic? […]