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Renewing “A Declaration of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to the Jewish Community”

By Kathryn M. Lohre On November 11, the ELCA Church Council approved revisions to “A Declaration of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to the Jewish Community”* as an expression of this church’s continual opposition to rising antisemitism. The...

Breaking the Silence about Suicide

By Adam Renner September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a month where the fight to end suicide is recognized on a national platform. Here at the Suicide Prevention Ministry, an Independent Lutheran Organization, suicide prevention is the driving force of...

Pastoral Guidelines for Inter-Religious Observances of 9/11

By Rev. Kristen Glass Perez   Introduction: This year will mark the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001.  That day holds great significance for people in different ways including the families of those who died in the attacks and in...

New Christian Science Bibliography Marks Bicentennial Birthday of Founder, Mary Baker Eddy

  July 16, 2021, marks the bicentennial of Christian Science founder, Mary Baker Eddy’s birth. Ms. Baker Eddy was an American religious leader and author, who in addition to founding the Church of Christ, Scientist, in 1879,  founded the Pulitzer Prize-winning...

A Step Along the Journey from Conflict to Communion

By Rev. Prof. Dr. Dirk G. Lange   On June 24-25, 2021, a delegation of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) visited the Vatican as part of the journey from conflict to communion, that began over 50 years ago. Of course,...

Abiding in the Love of Christ

By Kristen Opalinski   A Look Back at the 2021 National Workshop on Christian Unity   Abide in my love … you shall bear much fruit.   It was the theme of this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,...