Category: Churchwide News

Living Lutheran Stories – June 20, 2017

What the Reformation taught me about being a dad A year ago, the following sentiment is not one I would’ve predicted I’d be expressing this Father’s Day: Martin Luther and the birth and infancy of my second child will always be inextricably … continue Perspective: Confronting my biases Editor’s note: We’re sharing a reflection by Diane Hochhalter about …

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Youth Gathering News – June 2017

Volunteer Volunteer applications are open! Love the Gathering but aren’t in 8th-12th grade or a group’s adult leader? Join us at the Gathering as one of our many volunteers. Be a part of the faith formation and transformation of lives for thousands of our young people. Learn more about our four volunteer opportunities and submit …

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Living Lutheran Stories – June 13, 2017

A ministry of hope and healing in Puerto Rico On any given weekday you can visit Bethel Lutheran Church in Dorado, Puerto Rico, and find its gates open. Venture into its backyard and you’ll notice a series of classrooms, once used only for … continue I’m a Lutheran: Miriam Ruth Hernandez “I’m a Lutheran” is …

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Living Lutheran Stories – June 6, 2017

June 6, 2017 Pentecost providence Sometimes I meet Christians who make me nervous with their absolute certainty that God is directing every single moment of their lives—both the profound and the mundane. Not only does God lead … continue Reformation 500: 50 things you may not know about Luther As we commemorate the 500th anniversary …

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For Such A Time As This – Pray. Fast. Act.

May 18, the presiding bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church issued a joint invitation to a season of prayer, fasting and advocacy. The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA and The Most Reverend Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, extended this call out of concern …

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Youth Gathering News

Idea submission Do you know a great band, an inspiring speaker, fun games, service learning experiences, or just have some great ideas that you think that Gathering should consider? Well, we want to hear from you! Let us know your thoughts by submitting your idea through our website. These ideas will be sent off to …

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StewardNet Spring 2017

Dear friend in Christ, How is it that systems thrive? One explanation might identify an abundance of resources and assets, positive momentum, or being in the right place at the right time. Other insights might reflect on the importance of adaptation, collaboration, grit, resilience, creativity and innovation. Either way, when we are talking about human …

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I Wonder… Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

I wonder … By Elizabeth A. Eaton 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 …

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Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World

Dear Friends in Christ, Martin Luther triggered a seismic upheaval that shaped the course of Western Christianity for almost 500 years. Now, in a new movie created for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, your congregation can further explore Luther and the impact of his teachings. “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World” is …

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Bishop Eaton’s Leadership Initiative

The Leadership Initiative encourages all of us to seek out and inspire gifted people in our congregations and communities to consider a call to the ministry of the gospel. If you know someone who shows a gift for ministry, help mentor and foster them. Together — pastors, deacons, lay people – we can bring the …

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“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday 2017

Please save the date Sunday, Sept. 10, when congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will again have the opportunity to gather together for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The ELCA’s anniversary theme, “Freed and Renewed in Christ,” reminds us of the gospel’s promise that we are …

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Men’s BOLD Gathering

  July 21-23 in Minneapolis   This is a weekend for men to come together to learn, to worship, to network, and be equipped to BOLDY live out their faith! Invitation Video Register Here Speakers will include: Rev. Robert Jackson – from Thibodaux, Louisiana works through I.M.P.A.C.T. Ministry, “where we take the church to them”. …

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2017 Live Well Challenge

Caring for Your Whole Self Thousands of leaders across this church have made it an annual habit to take stock of their well-being, work to strengthen it, and earn wellness dollars. In 2017, Portico invites you to participate in our Live Well Challenge. This year, we encourage you take an even more holistic view. Consider …

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ELCA presiding bishop issues statement on Standing Rock

11/14/2016 9:30:00 AM CHICAGO – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued the following statement on Standing Rock. Statement from ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton on Standing Rock When we come together for worship, we often begin with confession and forgiveness using these words: “We confess …

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ELCA Worship News – October 2016

Dear friends, It has always been curious to me how the same situation can be perceived so differently by various people. For those of us living in the north, these cooler autumn days bring either a welcome relief from the summer heat or they signal the coming of a potentially harsh winter. It’s all in …

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Presiding Bishop Eaton – Big Look at Small Catechism

A big look at the Small Catechism. In October, Living Lutheran shares a reprint of ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s column from July 2014. Just as she did at the 2016 Churchwide Assembly, Eaton encourages people to “dust off” their Small Catechism and take another look at the basics of our faith as we near the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Read her column at https://www.livinglutheran.org/2016/09/19047/

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2017 Little Red Book

The Little Red Book Get the 2017 Edition Today! For decades, the annual Appointment Book or “The Little Red Book” has served Lutheran leaders as a practical, handy, pocket-sized date-keeping reference. Included are ELCA and ELCIC directories, lectionary days with readings, festivals and commemorations, and liturgical color. The cost of $9.95 includes shipping and handling. …

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Living Lutheran E-News

15 years later: 9/11 remembered This month Lutherans around the country will reflect on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., remembering where they were and what they did when they heard the news. The stories from that fateful morning live on today with no less significance than they …

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ELCA Global Links September 2016

And they’re off! In mid-August, 84 Young Adults in Global Mission volunteers gathered in Chicago for a week of orientation and were sent off to their countries of service! We are excited about the new stories and lessons that the young adults are going to learn and share over the coming year. Please consider the …

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Free Papa Luther Leader Guide

Open up the Reformation story for children in your congregation with Papa Luther. Download the free Leader Guide today! The Papa Luther Leader Guide is now available as a free digital download! The six-session Leader Guide offers a variety of ways for kids to explore the Reformation story, with each session providing a historical framework, some biblical basis, a Luther Link, and while relating …

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Summary of Actions of 2016 Churchwide Assembly

The Rev. Wm Chris Boerger, ELCA Secretary, outlines key actions of the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. ELCA Churchwide Assembly The ELCA Churchwide Assembly, the primary decision-making body of the church, is a process of communal spiritual discernment. Voting members of the 2016 Churchwide Assembly took the following actions: Elected William B. Horne II as vice …

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Rostered Ministers Gathering – August 2017

Mark your calendars for Aug. 7-10, 2017, when the ELCA will host its first ever Rostered Ministers Gathering in Atlanta. This will be an opportunity for our Rostered Ministers to assemble for worship, education, and fellowship. We will gather under the theme, “On the Way … Together,” using the Emmaus Road story (Luke 24:13-35) to …

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Campaign update

 Next year marks Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA’s annual theme year for the Global Church priority, including Missionaries and Young Adults in Global Mission, Global Ministries and International Women Leaders, and we hope you will join us! Through a variety of learning and giving opportunities, we will lift up this important …

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ELCA approves Word and Service roster

The 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, by a vote of 811 to 55, approved adoption of the roster of Ministry of Word and Service. Beginning January 1, 2017, associates in ministry, deaconess of the ELCA, and diaconal ministers will be a single, unified roster of Ministry of Word and Service. The accompanying constitutional amendments related to …

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Update on August Victoria Hospital Cash Flow Crisis

Take action now at the ELCA Action Center!  August 2016 Over the last two years many members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have responded to a call to ask Congress to meet an urgent humanitarian need of the Palestinians by supporting Augusta Victoria Hospital and the other East Jerusalem hospitals. The message from congressional staffers in 2015 …

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A Proclivity for Paradox

July 28, 2016 A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject of all, subject to all (Martin Luther in Freedom of a Christian). Wow, Lutherans love paradox! Law and gospel. Saint and sinner. Free and bound. David Swartling, former ELCA secretary, …

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ELCA elects vice president

08/12/2016 NEW ORLEANS – William B. Horne II of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Clearwater, Fla., was elected vice president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) by the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Horne was elected on the fourth ballot with 565 votes to 175 votes for Cheryl G. Stuart of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, …

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ELCA approves Word and Service roster

08/12/2016      NEW ORLEANS (Aug.12, 2016) –The 2016 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Churchwide Assembly, by a vote of 811 to 55, approved adoption of the roster of Ministry of Word and Service. Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, associates in ministry, deaconesses of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and diaconal ministers will be a …

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ELCA approves Lutheran-Catholic ecumenical document

08/10/2016 NEW ORLEANS (Aug.10, 2016) – The 2016 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Churchwide Assembly took several significant steps Wednesday moving forward the mission of this church as a church for the sake of the world. By a vote of 931 to 9, the assembly overwhelmingly accepted the “Declaration on the Way,” a unique …

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ELCA members gather in New Orleans for 2016 Churchwide Assembly

Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will gather Aug. 8-13 in assembly at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Meeting under the theme “Freed and Renewed in Christ: 500 Years of God’s Grace in Action,” the assembly’s business will include preparations for observing the 500th anniversary of the Reformation …

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Announcing 1517 Media

By Beth A. Lewis Did you know that we at Augsburg Fortress are the proud inheritors of a Lutheran publishing tradition that extends back 200 years in North America? Even though today we are more likely to deliver products digitally than by horse and buggy home delivery or even traditional brick and mortar bookstores, our …

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Called Forward Together in Christ

The ELCA is a young church at only 28 years old. It is a good time to take a look at where we are as God’s people and try to understand what God has in store for us. And we think it is an exciting time to be looking forward together as we approach the …

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Restoring creation with faith

By Mary Birdsong April 2, 2015 Hope, love, commitment and communal responsibility echo throughout their lives and work, and are woven into all they say and do. Hope for the planet; love for God, neighbor and all of creation; commitment to reducing energy use and fossil fuel consumption; and responsibility for each other and the earth. …

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Seeds for the Parish – July 2016

Freed and Renewed in Christ 2016 Churchwide Assembly Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will gather Aug. 8-13 in assembly in New Orleans. Meeting under the theme “Freed and Renewed in Christ: 500 Years of God’s Grace in Action,” the assembly’s business will include preparations for observing the 500th anniversary of the …

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