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 had 15 years ago. Following are six stories of faith summoned amid tragedy, a faith that promises resurrection and gives hope for today.…continue
Gathered at the garden
It’s summer in Chicago, and the air is thick and balmy. In the Albany Park neighborhood, rows of lush, green plants-daikon, cucumbers, zucchini, carrots-bask in the heat. Hasta Bhattarai, who has gardened there for five years, walks through his family’s plot, showing off what they’re growing.…continue
ELCA assembly marked by unity
The New Orleans nickname, “The Big Easy,” may have influenced the voting members of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly, which met here Aug. 8-13. Most major decisions, including a breakthrough ecumenical agreement with Roman Catholics and the creation of a ministry of lay professionals called deacons, easily won overwhelming endorsement from the more than 900 voting members. …continue
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 these are no longer church dividing.…continue