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A Short Tour of Community Gardens

- Our garden at home has finally started yielding its bounty, which means we have more tomatoes than we know what...

NEW Resource! Housing: A Practical Guide to Learning, Advocating and Building

- A New Resource on Housing! The United States faces a looming crisis in housing, the second in barely more than...

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...
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Response to Recent Arrivals of Migrants By Bus

- “Quienes cruzan por nuestro país para llegar a un mejor lugar para vivir son seres humanos con necesidades que comen,...

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...
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Prompts for Prayers of Intercession – October 2, 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 – September 25, 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 – September 18, 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 – September 11, 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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Situation Report: Hurricane Fiona

- Situation: Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 18. The storm brought torrential rainfall and dangerous flooding and...

Situation Report: Kentucky Flooding

- Situation: Beginning on July 27, a line of severe storms dumped record amounts of rain on eastern Kentucky, overflowing rivers...

Eastern Europe Partner Spotlight: L’Arche

- As Russian forces advanced on his town in Ukraine’s heavily contested Donbass region, a group of friends helped to save...

Situation Report: Ukraine and Eastern Europe (July 7, 2022)

- Lutheran Disaster Response has raised over $10 million in support of refugees and internally displaced people in Ukraine and surrounding...
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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...

President Biden visits Augusta Victoria Hospital

- The United States President Joe Biden visited the LWF-operated Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) on the morning of Friday July 15....

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...
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October 2, 2022–Duty!

- Joshua Serraro, San Carlos, CA Warm-up Questions What does duty mean?  Do you believe that you have any duties as...

September 25, 2022–Too Much Forgiveness?

- Leslie Weber, Chesapeake, VA Warm-up Question Do a mini money autobiography. Here are question suggestions: What is the earliest experience...

September 18, 2022–Heavenly Mansions

- Scott Moore, Erfurt, Germany Warm-up Question How can good come from evil?   Can you give an example? Heavenly Mansions Mackenzie...

September 11, 2022–Be Still, Be Found

- Heather Hansen, San Antonio, TX Warm-up Question Have you ever been lost?  What was the situation and how were you...
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September Update: Advocacy Connections

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

September Updates: U.N. and State Edition

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

Current sign-on letters

- WHAT IS A SIGN-ON LETTER  |  IMPACT OF SIGN-ONS  |  DECISION PROCESS  |  UPDATED LIST   Our advocacy takes many...

August Updates: U.N. and State Edition

- Following are updates shared from submissions of the Lutheran Office for World Community and state public policy offices (sppos) in...
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The Beauty and Tragedy of the Mestizaje Mindset by Kristina Diaz

- Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month! As we celebrate, I can’t help reflecting on what is being celebrated: independence, legacy and...

Independence in Inches: A July 4th Reflection by Nathaniel Viets-Van Lear

-  Independence in Inches: A July 4th Reflection by Nathaniel Viets-Van lear For the last four years, I’ve made the same...

Relearning our shared history by Linda Post Bushkofsky

- I was surprised as the next person when I received the Daughters of the American Revolution History Award my sophomore...

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...
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Index of the September 2022 Issue

- Issue 84 of Administration Matters Stewardship Kaleidoscope: Sept. 26-28 Join us online or in person in Savannah, Ga., to hear...

Index of the July 2022 Issue

- Issue 83 of Administration Matters ELCA Churchwide Assembly Pre-event: “Embody the Word” Bible study sessions In preparation for the 2022...

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...
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Mosaic: A Ministry of the Church

- by by: Rev. Dr. David deFreese, Vice President of Church Relations and International Programming, Mosaic   “Embracing God’s call, Mosaic...

Update: Grant proposals

- Hello! The time to receive grant proposals is on the way! Thank you to those who have reached out recently...

Total Inclusion!

- Today’s blog post comes from Josiah Benedict, the Program Coordinator for Total Inclusion:  Total Inclusion was launched in 2020 after...

“Our Wholeness Is In Jesus Christ” by Rev. Peter Heide

- I remember a particular Sunday in October 1962. It was the first anniversary of me being blind, and I was...
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Studying Ecumenism – Strasbourg Ecumenical Institute Online Course

- Registration closes August 31   The Strasbourg Ecumenical Institute offers advanced training in ecumenical theology for Lutheran pastors. The next...

New Guidelines for Ministry in a Multi-Religious World

- by Kathryn M. Lohre As Lutherans in North America, we have a remarkable opportunity to live out our Christian vocation...

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...
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How in the world do you select a host city? 

- Announcing the city of the ELCA Youth Gathering, Multicultural Youth Leadership Event and the tAble is a fun and somewhat...

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...
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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...