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Situation Report #2: Maui Wildfires

- Situation: On Aug. 8, 2023, multiple wildfires broke out on Maui. Exacerbated by strong winds, they destroyed homes, businesses, and...

Lutheran Disaster Response at COP28

- What is COP? COP stands for the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)....

Spiritual Rest

-   By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day [God]...

Human Rights and Climate Change

- On December 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), written to address the atrocities...
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2024 World Hunger Lent Study: Week 3

- The following is taken from the 2024 ELCA World Hunger Lent Study. The full resource can be ordered as a...

ELCA World Hunger is celebrating 50 years!

- As ELCA World Hunger celebrates its 50th year pursuing God’s promise of a just world, we invite you to join...

2024 World Hunger Lent Study: Week 2

- The following is taken from the 2024 ELCA World Hunger Lent Study. The full resource can be ordered as a...

2024 World Hunger Lent Study: Week 1

- The following is taken from the 2024 ELCA World Hunger Lent Study. The full resource can be ordered as a...
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For what shall we pray?

- “For what shall we pray?” is a weekly post inviting individuals, groups, and congregations to lift up our world in...

For what shall we pray?

- “For what shall we pray?” is a weekly post inviting individuals, groups, and congregations to lift up our world in...

For what shall we pray?

- “For what shall we pray?” is a weekly post inviting individuals, groups, and congregations to lift up our world in...

Partner Organization Resources and Events

- Each month ELCA Worship highlights resources and events from other organizations and institutions. These Lutheran and ecumenical partner organizations work...
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March 3, 2024-Changes in Leadership

- Drew Tucker (Columbus, OH) Warm-up Questions How do you typically respond to leadership changes in your life? Share some of...

February 25, 2024–Lose Your Life?

- Cee Mills, Burlington, NC Warm-up Questions What’s the biggest thing you have sacrificed in order to get to do or...

February 18, 2024–Dealing With Highs and Lows

- Joshua Serrano, San Carlos, CA Warm-up Question Who is your favorite celebrity and why?  Dealing With Highs and Lows There...

February 11, 2024–Affirmation

- Rachel Larson, Blacksburg, VA Warm-up Questions When you are complimented for something you’ve done, how does that feel?  Why? When...
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February Update: Advocacy Connections

- from the ELCA advocacy office in Washington, D.C. – the Rev. Amy E. Reumann, Senior Director Partial expanded content from...

Devotional: Shared Power

- by Tomo Duke, Faith Action Network in Washington [about the author] I visited the Washington State Capitol a few times...

Devotional: Leader Values

- by Frances Dobbs, Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin [about the author] I believe it is important to look...

January/February Updates – State Edition

- Following are updates shared from submissions in late January of state public policy offices (sppos) in the ELCA Advocacy Network...
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Created to be… Authentic

- We are each uniquely created in the image of God. Take a moment and hold up a mirror, or turn...

Beyond the Beads: Unveiling the Spirit of Mardi Gras

- Mardi Gras, with its vibrant colors, soulful music, and rich foods, is more than just a party that disrupts the...

Dear Youth Leader:

- Dear youth leader: Being a youth leader can be both rewarding and challenging. It’s a role that requires a great...

Get your krewe together! 🎉

- Where y’at? 👋 This standard New Orleans greeting means simply “How are you?” or “What’s going on?” So don’t say...
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Talks At The Desk Season 3 Premieres TONIGHT!

- Celebrate Black History Month with season three of “Talks at the Desk,” a four-part video series by African Descent Ministries...

Black History Month: What It Means to Me by Guest Author Clair Minson

- In honor of Black History Month, ELCA Racial Justice Ministries invited Seminarian Clair Minson to share some thoughts about this...

Honoring National Day of Racial Healing: Guest Blog Writer Rev. Jennifer Thomas

- In honor of National Day of Racial Healing, ELCA Racial Justice Ministries invited The Reverend Jennifer Thomas to share some...

A first-of-its-kind education for Indigenous leaders: Theological Education for Indigenous Leaders program launches

- The following is cross-posted from Living Lutheran. The original post can be found here.            ...
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Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Guide to 2024

- The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is upon us once again. To commemorate this time of collective witness we’ve...

Preview the Thirteenth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation

- One week from today the Thirteenth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation will begin in Krakow, Poland. The Assembly will...

Understanding the Knesset’s (Israeli parliament) Recent Ruling in Light of our Jewish Relations

- Last week the ruling coalition in Israel’s Knesset (parliament) took a unilateral vote that puts further strain on an already...

A Season of Action: Ecumenical Responses to the Climate Crisis

- On Thursday, April 20, 2023 the ELCA Church Council unanimously adopted the church’s sixteenth social message, titled “Earth’s Climate Crisis“...
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Index of the January 2024 Issue

- Issue 91 of Administration Matters Registration for the 2024 Gathering, MYLE, the tAble, and Young Adult Gathering is currently open!...

Index of the November 2023 Issue

- Issue 90 of Administration Matters Who would steal from us? Misappropriation of church funds can engender a crisis of confidence...

Index of the September 2023 Issue

- Issue 89 of Administration Matters Register Sept. 15 for the 2024 Youth Gathering and related events! Registration opens at noon...

Index of the July 2023 Issue

- Issue 88 of Administration Matters Protect your church’s operating reserve A well-designed contingency plan for a congregation maintains an operating...
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Top 10 List of Accommodations

- A lot of the questions we get from individuals and congregations are about cost-friendly resources, or being asked where a...

Book Review: “The Difference that Disability Makes”

- Book review by the Rev. Peter Heide Michalko begins the difference that disability makes (Temple University Press, Mar 2002) in...

The tAble

- by Rev. Jonathan Vehar Every three years in the days leading up to the ELCA Youth Gathering a unique event...

ELCA Disability Grants 2023

- Congratulations to the five recipients of the ELCA Disability Ministries grants for 2023! We have invited each to offer a...
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Witnessing Cruelty and Compassion on a Dominican Highway

- By Stephen Deal With three traveling companions, we were nearing the end of a long drive from Santo Domingo (the...

Transformed by Kindness: My Immigration Experience

- By Raed AbuJries “I was a stranger and you invited me in.” These words, from Matthew 25:35, are normally perceived...

With Anti-Immigration Sentiments Rising, More Action is Needed

- By David Atkinson   For those closely following immigration issues and debates, every day can seem to be a bad...

Guest post from David Atkinson…..

- No matter where one’s views fall on the spectrum of thoughts about immigration issues, members of our Lutheran faith family...
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Advent Pilgrimage in Palestine 2022

- Join us in Sensing Advent: Practicing God’s justice in embodied community Advent Pilgrimage in Palestine is a four-week virtual pilgrimage...

ALAMEH Statement on Iran

- ALAMEH (Association of Lutherans of Arab and Middle Eastern Heritage) issued a statement on Iran, please find it linked below....

Christian Presence in Jerusalem

- Today, September 27, the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem issued a statement in support of HM King Abdullah...

Special Action Alert: Support U.S. Funding of Augusta Victoria Hospital

- Support U.S. Funding of Augusta Victoria Hospital! Take action today. Background President Joe Biden visited Augusta Victoria Hospital on July...
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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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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...