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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...

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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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...

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...
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Prompts for Prayers of Intercession – August 7, 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 – July 31, 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 – July 24, 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 – July 17, 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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July 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...

July/August Update: Advocacy Connections

- from the ELCA advocacy office in Washington, D.C. – The Rev. Amy E. Reumann, Senior Director, ELCA Witness in Society...

August Recess opportunity

- OVERVIEW | SUPPLEMENTARY RESOURCES | MOMENT – CHILD TAX CREDIT  |  MOMENT – HOUSING | MOMENT – GUN VIOLENCE |...

Advocacy Cafe

- Our Christian faith compels us to attend to the world through the lens of our relationship to God and to...
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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...

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...
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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...

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...
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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...

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...
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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...

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...
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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...

Situation Report: Horn of Africa Drought

- Situation: The Horn of Africa is in the midst of one of its worst droughts in recent history, severely impacting...

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...
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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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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...