ELCA Updates

A Christmas message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

I was driving to work one day thinking about my schedule – the meetings I needed to attend, reports I needed to finish, preparations for upcoming travel, email, phone calls, and making a grocery list in my head so that I could pick up what I needed for supper on the way home from work. All of a sudden, I found myself pulling into the parking garage at the Lutheran Center. I had driven the 9 miles to work and had no idea how I got there. I didn’t remember the traffic lights, the turns, the scenery – nothing. I had been so absorbed in what was coming up that I was completely oblivious to the present.

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Lori Fedyk elected treasurer of the ELCA

Lori Fedyk, a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Libertyville, Ill., was elected to a six-year term as treasurer of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) by the ELCA Church Council at its November meeting. Her term will begin Feb. 1.

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Desactive el piloto automático

Escrito por Elizabeth Eaton, obispo presidente de la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en América Un día iba manejando rumbo a mi trabajo, pensando en mi horario—las reuniones a las que tenía que asistir, los informes que debía terminar, preparaciones para un próximo viaje...

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Disengage the autopilot

I was driving to work one day thinking about my schedule—the meetings I needed to attend, reports I needed to finish, preparations still to be completed for upcoming travel, email I needed to answer, phone calls I absolutely had to make, and compiling a grocery list in my head so I would pick up what I needed for supper on the way home from work. All of a sudden I found myself pulling into the parking garage at the Lutheran Center. I had driven the 9 miles to work and had no idea how I got there. I didn’t remember the traffic lights, the turns, the scenery—nothing. I had been so absorbed in what was coming up that I was completely oblivious to the present.

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ELCA Church Council’s fall meeting looks to the future

The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) met at The Lutheran Center in Chicago, Nov. 9-12. The council, which serves as the ELCA’s board of directors, focused on the goals of ELCA Future Directions 2025 and the church’s priorities around congregational vitality and leadership.

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A Prayer for Veterans Day

The following prayer was written by Reid Christopherson, a member of the ELCA Church Council, in honor of Veterans Day. It was shared at the ELCA Church Council Meeting on November 9th.

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Eaton calls on church to hear ‘fresh, good news’

“Here we are at the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. So what?” said ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton on Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Reformation Sunday worship service. She spent most of her sermon answering that question. “The truth is,” she continued, “God has given all of God’s people a message of freedom that is based on the steadfastness of God.”

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Living in a broken world

As I write this the Gulf Coast and Florida are starting the long recovery after hurricanes Harvey and Irma; Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are mostly ­­without electricity and running low on water, food, medicine and gasoline after Hurricane Maria. All of us are reeling from the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas. There are no words. We are stunned almost to the point of numbness.

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Viviendo en un mundo quebrantado

Mientras escribo esto, la Costa del Golfo y Florida están comenzando su largo recobro después de los huracanes Harvey e Irma; Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes se encuentran, en su mayor parte, sin electricidad y con muy poca agua, comida, medicinas y gasolina después del huracán María. Todos hemos sido sacudidos por el horrendo tiroteo ocurrido en las Vegas. No existen palabras. Hemos quedado aturdidos hasta el entumecimiento.

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Presiding Bishop Eaton’s Reformation Day Message

On Reformation Day, we gather as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – in our congregations, across this church, and with our Lutheran family around the globe – to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This centennial has provided a welcome occasion to learn more about Martin Luther and the Reformation, while strengthening our understanding and commitment to our ministries. It has given us an opportunity to look back on the history of our tradition and to discern how we are beingcalled forward together in Christ.

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