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Prompts for Prayers of Intercession – July 3, 2022

- These prompts are provided for worship leaders as they prepare the prayers of intercession for weekly worship. The prompts are...

Prompts for Prayers of Intercession – June 26, 2022

- These prompts are provided for worship leaders as they prepare the prayers of intercession for weekly worship. The prompts are...

Prompts for Prayers of Intercession – June 19, 2022

- These prompts are provided for worship leaders as they prepare the prayers of intercession for weekly worship. The prompts are...

Prompts for Prayers of Intercession – June 12, 2022

- These prompts are provided for worship leaders as they prepare the prayers of intercession for weekly worship. The prompts are...
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A History of Welcome

- When war came to Ukraine and desperate people began streaming across the international borders in the frigid days of late...

Situation Report: May Tornadoes

- Situation: On the night of May 30, a series of storms, including tornadoes, swept through the Central Great Plains and...

Situation Report: Ukraine and Eastern Europe (June 6, 2022)

- More than three months since Russian troops invaded Ukraine, fighting continues to intensify as humanitarian conditions deteriorate. The United Nations’...

Situation Report: Mass Shootings in the U.S.

- Buffalo, NY Situation: On May 14, a mass shooting occurred in a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo,...
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My Freedom Day as a Female, Black and Queer Pastor by The Rev. Dr. Yolanda Denson-Byers

- My Freedom Day as a Female, Black and Queer Pastor   To be a female, Black and gay pastor on...

A Pastor’s Reflection on The Feast Day of the Emanuel 9 by Rev. Kelly France

- I had just started my car to drive to my internship site on June 18, 2015, when I learned from...

Reflecting on and Commemorating the Emanuel Nine by Bishop Virginia S. Aebischer

- June 2022 — Reflecting on and Commemorating the Emanuel Nine   On the evening of June 17, 2015, a white...

Remembering Tulsa by Bishop Michael Girlinghouse

- For a long time, no one in Tulsa’s white or black communities talked about the massacre that destroyed the Greenwood...
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June Updates: UN and State Edition

- Following are updates shared from submissions of the Lutheran Office for World Community and state public policy offices (sppos) in...

Quashing Replacement Theory with Irreplaceable Truth

- by the Rev. Amy E. Reumann, Senior Director, ELCA Witness in Society In her sermon, my pastor lamented that “each...

Confession and hope give strength to end gun violence

- The following reflections are the foundation of comments shared at the “Interfaith Vigil and Rally: Faith Acting on Gun Violence”...

Devotional: Can’t Control the New

- by Isabella Peterson, 2021-22 Hunger Advocacy Fellow [about the author] I often struggle with an uneasy sensation when faced with...
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Reflecting on and Commemorating the Emanuel Nine

- This reflection is a cross-published piece, which was originally published on the ELCA Racial Justice Blog on June 6, 2022....

Introducing “A Declaration of the ELCA to the Muslim Community”

- By Professor Mark Swanson On March 31st, the ELCA Church Council adopted “A Declaration of the ELCA to the Muslim...

A Holy Confluence: A Reminder of our Interconnection

- By Kristen Opalinski For the first time in decades we are witnessing a confluence of significant religious holy days and...

OMNIA: Striving Towards Beloved Community

- By Dr. Shanta Premawardhana  More than 50 years ago, Dr. Mary Nelson (founder of Bethel New Life in the westside...
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Global Farm Challenge Podcast

- Welcome to “More than Food,” the podcast of ELCA World Hunger’s Global Farm Challenge! Find out more information below about...

Lent Reflection 5: A Way in the Wilderness

- ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving Lent 2022 In English and en Espanol Week 5: A Way in the...

Lent Reflection 4: Transformed in the Wilderness

- ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving Lent 2022 In English and en Espanol Week 4: Transformed in the Wilderness...

Lent Reflection 3: Wandering in the Wilderness

- ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving Lent 2022 In English and en Espanol Week 3: Vulnerable in the Wilderness...
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June 12, 2022–Faith Lens on Summer Hiatus

- Faith Lens is not published during the summer.  The next posting will be on September 6. 2022 for Sunday, September...

June 5, 2022–Noticed, Named, and Known

- Drew Tucker, Columbus, OH Warm-up Question How do you know that you belong in a community? What are the signs...

May 29, 2022–Unity not Uniformity

- Alyssa Kaplan, Baltimore, MD Warm-up Questions What does the word “unity’’mean to you? Can you think of a time when...

May 22, 2022–What’s Next?

- Sara Galyon, Decatur, GA Warm-up Question Do you feel like God is active in your life? Why, or why not?...
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An Introduction to Equity Design

- This is part two of a two-part introduction to design thinking. Part one is available here.  Introduction   Design thinking...

Thriving Congregations, Thriving Church

- People are lonely. A January 2020 survey from Cigna found that three in five US Americans are lonely, and we know loneliness only...

Open Doors

-   Open Doors supports ELCA congregations interested in meeting new people in this time of re-gathering in physical spaces Over...

An Introduction to Design Thinking

- Introduction Have you or your worshipping community ever encountered a tough problem and found yourselves unable to come up with...
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The Wolf Shall Lie Down With the Lamb: #NoPlasticsforLent

- The Word Genesis 1:29-30 29 God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the...

Creation Care on Campus: #NoPlasticsforLent

- A Starting Place Creation care looks different at different stages of our lives. College is a transitional time for many...

Local is Global: #NoPlasticsforLent

- The Word “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to...

Justice Alongside Indigenous Peoples : #NoPlasticsforLent

- ‘Wild’ Places I have been interested in environmental activism, indigenous justice, and decolonization since I was a kid (I was...
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North/West Lower Michigan Synod Task Force for Disability Ministry

- Greetings,  My name is Pastor Clay Bates, and I serve as the chair of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod Task...

Meet the Advisory Team!

-   Hi! I’m Rev. Lisa Heffernan, and I serve as the coordinator for Disability Ministries; a position I began just...
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ELCA Bishops Write to Congress about Augusta Victoria Hospital Funding

-   On May 18, ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton and 44 ELCA synod bishops wrote to Congress about their concerns related...

Join Bishop Eaton in speaking out about Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing

- May 19, 2022 Presiding Bishop Eaton wrote to Secretary of State Antony Blinken to express her “profound shock and sadness...

ALAMEH, ELCJHL, and WCC respond to killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

- Association of Lutherans of Arab and Middle Eastern Heritage (ALAMEH) “The Association of Lutherans of Arab and Middle Eastern Heritage...

Heads of Churches of Jerusalem speak out on Illegal Seizure of Little Petra Hotel

- On April 4, 2022 the Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches in Jerusalem released this statement: “Pray for the peace...
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Index of the May 2022 Issue

- Issue 82 of Administration Matters ELCA Churchwide Assembly The 2022 ELCA Churchwide Assembly will take place Aug. 8-12 in Columbus,...

Index of the March 2022 Issue

- Issue 81 of Administration Matters Create engaging virtual ministry with Vanco Your church might already offer livestreaming, but this Lenten...

Index of the January 2022 Issue

- Issue 80 of Administration Matters   Tithe.ly introduces new rate ELCA congregations using Tithe.ly’s online platform for giving will now...

Index of the November 2021 Issue

- Issue 79 of Administration Matters Invite a friend to subscribe to Administration Matters! Over 13 years ago a group of...
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Behind the curtain…

- A message from Deacon Tammy Jones West, 2024 ELCA Youth Gathering Program Director— First, there is no curtain but for...

New Orleans & the ELCA Youth Gathering

- Since the start of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA) in 1988, New Orleans has hosted the ELCA Youth Gathering and...

I’m just, It’s just…

- A message from Tammy Jones West, 2024 ELCA Youth Gathering Program Director— I’m just, It’s just…  Hello world. My name...

#MYLE2022: Cultural Awareness

-   We are very excited to see you next July for the 2022 Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and happy...
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Welcoming Afghan Newcomers

- (original from ELCA Advocacy view here) Across the United States and over the years, places of worship and people of...

Urgent Need for Congregational Accompaniment of Afghan refugees

- URGENT NEED FOR CONGREGATIONAL ACCOMPANIMENT OF AFGHAN REFUGEES At the end of August, we watched with anguish the fall of...

Why can’t immigrants apply for citizenship? A reflection shared with AMMPARO

- I see that the focus is on the limited and highly restricted avenues for applying. That’s a powerful indictment of...

Welcoming Migrants at the Border and AMMPARO: A Whole-Church Response Mobilized

- An increase in unaccompanied children and asylum-seekers arriving at the U.S. border with Mexico has given rise to claims of...
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Reviving hope in Memphis

-   by Rev. Antoinette Robinson, Peace Lutheran Church, Memphis Peace Lutheran Church, Memphis, formed Trinity Ministries in partnership with two...

Reclaiming faith with LGBTQIA+ community in Los Angeles

-   ADORE LA is seeking new and creative ways to do church in the city of Los Angeles. This LGBTQIA+...

Communing with Christ in the strawberry field

-   The faith community of Iglesia Luterana Santa Cruz communes with Christ in a strawberry field of Santa Maria, Calif....

CV Training Event Travel and Logistics – San Diego – February 2020

- Congregational Vitality Training Event — San Diego Travel & Logistics for Training Event & Pre-Events: February 17-21, 2020 TRAINING EVENT...
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Helmut and Rotraut Diefenthal: Service in Malaysia and Tanzania

- Franklin Ishida ​ The son of a Jewish father, Helmut Diefenthal and his wife, Rotraut, survived Nazi Germany and World...

Nurturing the church in Japan

- Nathan and Sharonette Bowman ​ New playground equipment is enjoyed at the kindergarten. The Rev. Nathan and Sharonette Bowman accompany...

Hunger

- Kirsten Fryer The Rev. Kirsten Fryer serves as pastor at St. Andrew’s United Congregation in Cairo and is also pastoral...

Women’s Sunday in Kenya

- Leslie Weed-Fonner and Michael G Fonner ​ Women’s Sunday worship March 1 at the Nairobi International Lutheran Congregation. The Rev....
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Mensaje navideño

- Jesús es nuestro verdadero hogar. Esa es nuestra esperanza en Navidad y durante todo el año. Nunca estamos lejos de…

Reflexiones sobre las elecciones recientes

- Video de reflexiones sobre las elecciones por parte de la reverenda Elizabeth Eaton, obispa presidente de la ELCA

Obispa presidente de la ELCA emite declaración sobre Standing Rock

- CHICAGO (14 de noviembre de 2016) – La reverenda Elizabeth A. Eaton, obispa presidente de la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en...

Una mirada mayor al Catecismo menor

- Por Elizabeth Eaton, Obispa presidente de la ELCA, columna de octubre de 2016 en Living Lutheran Nota del editor: Esta es...