Photo blogs

A visual tour of ELCA congregations, people and events.


Blessings for skiers and snowboarders

Jan 20, 2015

Members of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, actively seek ways to serve their community. Starting with participation in the 2014 “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, says Jeff Beebe, the congregation’s pastor, they’ve continued their service in some unique ways, such as offering “blessings for skiers and boarders” – winter sports enthusiasts who are headed to Big Cottonwood Canyon. To read the story, click here.

Blessings for skiers and snow boarders

A car-load of college students are eager to get their winter sports season started with a blessing, offered by the pastor and members of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Blessings for skiers and snow boarders

A member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, hands out hot chocolate to people in cars as part of the congregation’s blessing of skiers and snowboarders.

Blessings for skiers and snow boarders

Members of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, wave to passing cars to offer blessings for skiers and snowboarders.

Blessings for skiers and snow boarders

Members of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, and their pastor, Jeff Beebe, bless a group of college students on their way to skiing and snowboarding.

Blessings for skiers and snow boarders

Members of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, get ready for the 2014 “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday.

Blessings for skiers and snow boarders

Firefighters and members of the congregation pose in front of a fire truck on “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014.

Blessings for skiers and snow boarders

Young members of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, tour the local fire station on “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014.

Blessings for skiers and snow boarders

Members of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, smile after a successful day of blessing people in their community.

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton visits the Holy Land

Jan 16, 2015

In January, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton is leading a delegation of ELCA leaders and members visiting the people and ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land – a companion church of the ELCA. The delegation has visited schools and worshiped with members of the companion church, visited the Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, greeted young adults of the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program serving in the Middle East and more. It is also meeting with ecumenical leaders of churches, Palestinian and Israeli officials and others.
(Photos/Danae Hudson, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land)

Eaton visits Holy Land

Students of Beit Sahour, a school of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, perform songs and a dance to greet the ELCA delegation.

Eaton visits Holy Land

The ELCA delegation visited Beit Sahour and Dar Al-Kalima – two schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land.

Eaton visits Holy Land

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton visits students during their computer class at a school of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land.

Eaton visits Holy Land

The ELCA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land are member churches of The Lutheran World Federation – a global communion based in Geneva.

Eaton visits Holy Land

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton visits the Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem.

Eaton visits Holy Land

The ELCA delegation remember their baptism during worship at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hope in Ramallah.

Eaton visits Holy Land

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton meets with participants of the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program serving in the Holy Land.

ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarships, part 3

Jan 12, 2015

ELCA Fund for Leaders is an ELCA initiative to build an endowed scholarship resource to provide tuition assistance for qualified candidates studying at ELCA seminaries. Sixteen full-tuition and four partial-tuition scholarships were awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year. In a special four-part series, meet our scholarship recipients!

ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarships part 3

Joshua Parris is attending the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C.

ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarships part 3

Laurel Midthun is a Mission Developer Scholarship recipient attending Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarships part 3

Emily Kuenker is attending Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarships part 3

Jamie Jordan-Couch is attending Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.

ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarships part 3

Kwame Pitts is a Mission Developer Scholarship recipient attending the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarships, part 2

Jan 05, 2015

The ELCA Fund for Leaders is an ELCA initiative to build an endowed scholarship resource to provide tuition assistance for qualified candidates studying at ELCA seminaries. Sixteen full-tuition and four partial-tuition scholarships were awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year. In a special four-part series, meet our scholarship recipients!

FFL scholarships

Branden Hunt is attending Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

FFL scholarships

Benjamin Hogue is attending Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif.

FFL scholarships

Alexandra Hjerpe is attending Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.

FFL scholarships

Lauren Heywood is attending The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

FFL scholarships

Nicole Harvell is attending The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarships, part 1

Dec 30, 2014

The ELCA Fund for Leaders is an initiative to build an endowed scholarship resource to provide tuition assistance for qualified candidates studying at ELCA seminaries. Sixteen full-tuition and four partial-tuition scholarships were awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year. In a special four-part series, meet our scholarship recipients!

Fund for Leaders

Justin Ferko is attending Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

Fund for Leaders

Ellen Clough is attending the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C.

Fund for Leaders

Cassandra Chavez is attending Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif.

Fund for Leaders

Erin Branchaud is attending the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Fund for Leaders

Preston Fields is attending the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

A diversity of holiday festivals

Dec 22, 2014

A variety of multinational festivals and holidays are celebrated around the world, whether within particular religions, cultures or otherwise. December offers a great opportunity for sharing such festivals and holidays including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Las Posadas.

Holiday diversity

Hanukkah began the evening of Dec. 16 and will end the evening of Dec. 24. Since the 1960s, Lutherans have studied the history of Jewish-Christian relations to end misinterpretations of Judaism and identify areas of potential cooperation.

Holiday diversity

The Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Beit Jala and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hope in Ramalleh, two congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, recently held their annual Christmas bazaars featuring handmade items and food.

Holiday diversity

Members of Zion Lutheran Church, an ELCA congregation in Elgin, Ill., re-enact Mary and Joseph's search for shelter in Las Posadas. A 400-year-old Mexican tradition, "Las Posadas" means "the inns," as there was no room in the inn for Mary and Joseph the night Jesus was born.

Holiday diversity

Kwanzaa is celebrated for seven days beginning Dec. 26 and concluding Jan. 1. On each of the seven nights, families gather and a child lights one of the candles on the Kinara (candleholder).

Holiday diversity

Students at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, sing at a Kwanzaa celebration. Luther is one of 26 ELCA colleges and universities. Kwanzaa is an African American holiday that celebrates family, community and culture.

Holiday diversity

A Kwanzaa celebrant fills the Unity cup at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.