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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? […]

ELCA Presiding Bishop – Response to Florida Shooting

by Dan Wilkinson

Feb. 16, 2018 A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled because they are no more (Matthew 2:18). As we live into these first days and weeks of Lent, we do so riveted by the news of another tragic mass shooting, this time […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“Church Speak” A colleague at the Lutheran Center related this story. An unchurched friend of hers was visiting and noticed her Advent calendar. “What is Advent?” she asked. A simple question. But my colleague soon discovered it wasn’t that easy to explain Advent to someone who had never heard of it, but who also had […]

Giving Tree and ELCA Good Gifts

by Dan Wilkinson

Alternative Giving When you think about the special people in your life and the best gifts you have given or received, it is not the gift itself but the meaning behind the gift that makes it significant. One way to increase the meaningfulness of a gift is through alternative giving. Alternative Giving is a form […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“October 32 and Beyond” This is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. For the past year it has been “All Reformation All the Time!” Everything Martin Luther. The really observant have branched out to Philipp Melanchthon and Johannes Bugenhagen. True believers will dress their children up as Martin and Katie for Halloween, or if they […]