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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 […]

Our New Bishop!

by Dan Wilkinson

The Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld, Beloit, Wis., was elected May 6 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly May 5-6 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Thomas-Breitfeld was elected […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton – “Serving the neighbor in charged times”

by Dan Wilkinson

“Serving the neighbor in charged times” These are politically charged times. This very sentence in the presiding bishop’s column is likely to raise eyebrows. Across this church I’ve heard stories of parishioners disturbed by the Gospel read on Sundays, believing the pastor chose the passage as a critique of the current administration. The Beatitudes seemed […]

Prayers for Bishop Mary Froiland

by Dan Wilkinson

Our Synod’s bishop, Bishop Mary Froiland, suffered a heart attack last week. She received prompt medical care and is taking a short vacation to rest and recuperate. She is expected to be fine and is looking forward to returning to work soon. Please remember her in your prayers!

Dikonia Graduation

by Dan Wilkinson

Yesterday, at Midvale Lutheran Church in Madison, the synod’s Diakonia program graduated four students during a worship service and ceremony. The synod’s Diakonia program will graduate four students at a worship service and ceremony at Midvale Community Lutheran Church, 4329 Tokay Blvd., Madison. The Diakonia program is a two-year process of spiritual formation and theological […]

Also From Bishop Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Please mark your calendars for the next live webcast, “Ecumenical and Interreligious Witness on the Eve of the Reformation Anniversary,” on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. CDT. As Lutherans, we have 499 years of history, but on this day we will explore:  What was the Reformation, and […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

How Will People Know? On Wednesday, Aug. 10, the voting members of the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly received the document “Declaration on the Way.” More than 99 percent of us affirmed this significant ecumenical statement in which Lutherans and Roman Catholics have achieved agreement on 32 issues regarding communion, ministry and the church, declaring that […]

ELCA – Join In and Continue the Conversation

by Dan Wilkinson

Share Your Voices! Be a part of the discussion and share your ideas today! Go to ELCA.org and take the survey to share your thoughts on what the future of the ELCA looks like to you! The ELCA is a young church at only 28 years old. It is a good time to take a […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

Love your neighbor “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor […]