ELCA presiding bishop delivers Veterans Day message

In honor of Veterans Day, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), calls the church to prayer and action in support of our military, veterans and their families.

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.”

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.

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.

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.