Posts tagged with ‘presiding bishop’

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A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“Happy New Year!” Editor’s note: This is a reprint of the January 2017 column from the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Ah, a new year! It opens up before us with infinite possibilities like brand new notebooks at the beginning of the school year or the beginning of football season in […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“In the Wilderness” In the Hebrew Bible the book of Numbers is called “In the Wilderness.” It starts with great hope. God delivered God’s people from Egypt, from bitter slavery, grinding toil and infanticide. What a delivery! The entire people—ancients, infants and everyone in between—escaped from one of the world’s superpowers, walked dry-shod through the […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“So Now What?” This month marks the 501st anniversary of the Reformation. Last year it was all Reformation all the time. It was our year! News, media and the public paid attention. Hundreds of Reformation-themed events took place. Documentaries were produced and joyful liturgies with our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters were held. I have […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“We are the branches” Is it possible to be Lutheran and an ecumenist? Of course, the answer is yes. The ELCA has continued the work of our predecessor churches—the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, the American Lutheran Church, and the Lutheran Church in America—all of which engaged in dialogues with other denominations. When the ELCA […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“Serving the Neighbor in Need” Editor’s note: This is a reprint of the June 2017 column from the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 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 […]

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 “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 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 […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“It’s Not What We Do” At the end of the sixth chapter of the Gospel according to John, many disciples who had been following Jesus left him. Looking at the 12, Jesus asked, “Will you also go away?” Simon Peter answered, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John […]

ELCA presiding bishop responds to attacks on Jewish community

by Dan Wilkinson

2/22/2017 5:35:00 PM CHICAGO (Feb. 22, 2017) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued a letter in response to recent attacks and threats on the Jewish Community. February 22, 2017 Dear Sisters and Brothers, These famous words attributed to the German Lutheran pastor Martin […]