ELCA Updates

ELCA presiding bishop issues pastoral message on Gaza situation

Like so many here in our country and around the world, I am appalled and saddened by yesterday’s escalation of Israeli military action against protestors in Gaza. Many reports indicate that at least 60 Palestinians, including six children, have died and more than 2,000 have been injured as a result of Israel’s disproportionate use of force. Our church will support a planned medical mission from The Lutheran World Federation’s Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem to Gaza to assist the wounded.

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Dios Ama

God loves: In her May column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton writes: “Jesus loves his own and loves us to the end.” And, she notes, Jesus makes it possible for us to do the same.

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God loves

God loves: In her May column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton writes: “Jesus loves his own and loves us to the end.” And, she notes, Jesus makes it possible for us to do the same.

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Earth Day statement from ELCA presiding bishop

As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we share a deep love for all of God’s creation and a profound responsibility for it. Made in the image of God, we are called to continue what God is already doing for the earth (Psalm 104), enabling it to flourish. God assigns humans to care for the earth as God does, in loving servanthood. (Philippians 2:7, Genesis 2:15).

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ELCA presiding bishop calls on church to work for racial justice

Following the “Act Now: Unite to End Racism” rally in Washington, D.C., the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued a statement on racism, recommitting this church “to work for racial justice and inclusion, to work against white privilege, and to be a church that truly welcomes all.” The April 4 rally was held in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Inocentes mariposas

Todo comenzó con dicha promesa: el ángel le anuncia a María que el hijo que le nacería sería llamado Hijo del Altísimo; la convicción de María de que este hijo sería la personificación de la justicia prometida por Dios, que los poderosos serían derrocados de sus tronos y los humildes serían exaltados, que el hambriento sería colmado de cosas buenas y que el rico sería despedido con las manos vacías; ángeles anunciando su nacimiento; Simeón y Ana declarando el cumplimiento de la promesa de Dios en el pequeñito; el niño enseñando en el templo; miles siendo alimentados; los enfermos, sanados; los muertos, resucitados; el viento y las olas, aquietados; enseñando con autoridad.

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April fools

In her April column, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that we confess “Christ is risen” in the face of worldly wisdom that is based on death. But we stake our lives on this: “Life wins. Love wins.”

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An Easter message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

It all started with such promise – the angel announcing to Mary that the child she would bear would be called Son of the Most High; the conviction of Mary that this child would be the embodiment of God’s promised justice, that the hungry would be filled with good things and the rich sent away empty; angels announcing his birth; thousands being fed; the sick healed; the dead raised.

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The Campaign for the ELCA enters final year with $144 million – 73 percent of goal – raised

Entering its fifth scheduled year, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) first comprehensive campaign, Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA, is celebrating $144 million in cash gifts and gift commitments, representing 73 percent of the five-year, $198 million goal by Jan. 31, 2019. In addition, $30.5 million in planned gifts is committed to the ministries of the campaign.

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