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Tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa and Texas claiming many lives and destroying hundreds of homes. Gifts to “U.S. Tornadoes” through Lutheran Disaster Response will be used entirely to help rebuild lives and livelihoods. Learn more.
An ELCA worshiping community in northwest Wisconsin reaches out to those who “aren’t interested in walking into a church building.” | LivingLutheran.com
Across the ELCA graduates from seminaries, colleges and universities are celebrating their achievements and preparing to begin new endeavors, mindful of their grounding in faith and of their vocation to serve God.
ELCA outdoor ministries
offer a wide variety of programs that provide growth experiences for people of all ages, many of whom become leaders in this church and their communities. Learn more.
Join ELCA members for conversation about how we do God's work in the world at the 2013 ELCA Glocal Mission Gatherings. Find an event near you.
Lutheran peace activist Leymah Gbowee led a nonviolent women's movement that ended a 14-year civil war in Liberia. She won the Nobel Peace Prize for her peace-building work and securing the political rights and safety of women in Liberia.
For ELCA volunteer Chelsea Mathis, living in Palestine brought frustration and joy. "The worst part was realizing how helpless I am in changing the political situation," she says, "and the best part is that I have changed the future with my presence, support and simple acts of kindness."
Together ELCA members are sustaining farming and ranching communities in drought-stricken Texas. Contributions of hay came from ELCA members across the Upper Midwest. "The response has blown me away," says Harold McMillin, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Luana, Iowa. "It says something about the heart of ELCA members who respond very generously."
The 2011 ELCA Churchwide Assembly was a real eye-opener for Walter "Alook" Savetilik, a member of Alaska Native Lutheran Church in Anchorage, Alaska. His experience as a voting member at the assembly helped him learn about important initiatives like the ELCA Malaria Campaign.
With the help of ELCA members, École Saint Matthieu has risen from the rubble of the January 2010 earthquake. The new school building is strong and designed to withstand earthquakes, floods and hurricanes. "I'm happy to be back at school," says 11-year-old Josette Jean Pierre. "I'm not even scared anymore."
An ELCA scholarship helped Patricia Cuyatti, a pastor in the young Peruvian Lutheran Evangelical Church, earn her doctorate degree. "The Lutheran church in Peru has a goal to develop more leaders," Patricia says. "My personal goal is to develop my knowledge to help the church not only as an educator but also as a pastor."
More than 20 ELCA missionaries in Japan witness signs of hope in the midst of devastation following the 2011 earthquake — one of the largest on record there. ELCA members continue to stand in solidarity with the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church, helping to restore communities and lives.
Leslie Abell believes that she will make her own small but vital contribution to combating climate change. Serving at a science base in the Antarctic, Leslie says, "Everyone will be impacted by climate change, but the poor will be the hardest hit of all. I need to do my part to help."
Eventually it came out that this is a big issue for our students who are struggling with what it means to be a “witness” for Jesus in a diverse world. | more »
We are called to do God's work in the world. Here are some ways we can work together: