As Lutherans around the world reflect on the Reformation this month, the October cover story of Living Lutheranconsiders how the Reformation’s roots of social action continue to guide Lutheran identity and calling today. Through stories of the ELCA’s work in advocacy, global mission and domestic ministries, the article explores how the teachings of Jesus and Martin Luther are active in Lutherans’ faith lives today.
‘Looking Back and Called Forward’
On Oct. 31, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will co-host the ELCA’s commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, “Looking Back and Called Forward,” which includes a livestream available for all to watch. Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington, D.C., will host the event. All are welcome to join at 9:45 a.m. EDT for the prelude to the 10 a.m. program. The daylong event includes a worship service and a two-part program featuring storytelling from ecumenical and interfaith partners as well as members of this church sharing stories of ELCA ministries. Registration and program details are available at ELCA500.org.
Those who cannot join in person are invited to watch the event online at ELCA.org/livestream.
Living Lutheran: ‘Liberated by grace, encouraged by sisterhood’
In July, 22 Lutheran women from nine nations went to Wittenberg, Germany, to participate in an International Women Leaders seminar. The women spent the week studying the contributions of Reformation women and added their own reformation stories to the reflection process. The seminar was part of a broader ELCA initiative to help encourage Lutheran women from ELCA companion churches to be strengthened as leaders in the global church.
“ELCA World Hunger: Robyn’s Story”
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
HOLY SPIRIT MASS
Washington, D.C., and via livestream
LOOKING BACK AND CALLED FORWARD: ELCA 500
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE
ELCA Youth Gathering
SUBSCRIPTION DISCOUNT DEADLINE
|Responding to community violence
Social statements, liturgy and a pastoral letter on the church’s response to community violence.
Spanish translations of key Reformation anniversary materials, including “From Conflict to Communion.”
ELCA World Hunger Advent study
Perfect for Wednesday worship, adult study or devotions at home, this study takes you through each week of Advent.
These snippets are available for you to copy and paste into your bulletins.
A global journey of commemoration
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) invites you on a journey around the world to witness the member churches commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. From 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. EDT on Oct. 31, LWF will broadcast a livestream of worship services from its seven regions. The livestream will show the rich diversity and unity of the 145 Lutheran churches that make up the communion. View the festivities on Facebook.com/LutheranWorld.
Living Lutheran subscription discount
Now through Nov. 15, you can get 35 percent off a subscription to Living Lutheran magazine. For this limited time, you can get 12 issues for $12.95. Order your subscription to get religious news, faith reflections and stories from the ELCA delivered to your home. Go to livinglutheran.org/subscribe and enter the “FALLSAVINGS” promotion code to order your discounted subscription. You can also view other subscription packages for congregations and leaders.
World AIDS Day
Every Dec. 1, the ELCA joins with people around the world in commemorating World AIDS Day. On this day we remember all who have been and continue to be affected by HIV and AIDS. We also take this day to raise awareness and recommit to a faithful and dedicated response. One way to participate is by joining together in worship commemorating this day. View worship resources or go to elca.org and search for “World AIDS Day.”
As of Aug. 31, The Campaign for the ELCA has received $120 million in cash gifts and $6.7 million in multiyear commitments totaling nearly $127 million – 64 percent – of its $198 million five-year goal. In addition, $26 million has been pledged in planned gifts to campaign priorities.
Amazing things are being accomplished through the generosity of ELCA members and congregations. And together, we can do even more. As we near the final year of the campaign, consider how you and your congregation may become involved. Visit the campaign website for additional information, resources and more.
Thanks for your continued prayers and support!