Photo blogs

A visual tour of ELCA congregations, people and events.


A visit to Cuba

Feb 09, 2015

A group of ELCA members from Chicago; Madison, Wis.; St. Paul, Minn.; and members of The Episcopal Church enjoyed the “sights and sounds of Cuba” and met “warm and welcoming people” in a special trip there Jan. 28-Feb. 2, 2015. According to trip participant Michael Sparby, pastor of Edison Park Lutheran Church in Chicago, churches in Cuba are “vibrant communities of faith eager to extend the love of God in Jesus Christ to their neighbors and eager for partnership with other Christians in the years ahead.”

Led by Ernest Vasseur and Craig Mueller, pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chicago, the trip was planned prior to a December 2014 announcement from the White House to renew diplomatic relations with Cuba.

A visit to Cuba

Sunday worship at Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Havana.

A visit to Cuba

ELCA members join in prayer with a congregation on land where a new church will be built in Limonar, Cuba.

A visit to Cuba

This cardboard model, held by Gilberto Caballero Elizalde, pastor of Iglesias Episcopal San Juan Evangelista in Coliseo, represents the church a congregation in Limonar, Cuba, hopes to build to replace one destroyed by a hurricane some years ago.

A visit to Cuba

A group of ELCA members from the Midwest traveled to Cuba, where they visited with Lutheran and Episcopal congregations there. The ELCA and The Episcopal Church are full communion partners.

A visit to Cuba

One of the many street bands in Old Havana.

A visit to Cuba

A view from the seminary grounds in the port city of Matanzas, Cuba.

ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarships, part 4

Feb 02, 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 the last of a four-part series, meet our scholarship recipients!

Fund for Leaders scholarships

Lecia White is a Mission Developer Scholarship Recipient attending Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

Fund for Leaders scholarships

Ariel Williams is attending the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in Gettysburg, Pa.

Fund for Leaders scholarships

James Vitale is attending Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

Fund for Leaders scholarships

Paul Theiss is a Mission Developer Scholarship Recipient attending Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.

Fund for Leaders scholarships

Chris Schaefer is attending the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in Gettysburg, Pa.

Presiding Bishop Eaton visits the Holy Land, part 2

Jan 26, 2015

In January, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton led a delegation of ELCA leaders to visit the people and ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, a companion church of the ELCA. During their visit they met with patriarchs and archbishops of various churches and learned the latest in health care services at Augusta Victoria Hospital, a program of The Lutheran World Federation.
(Photos/Danae Hudson, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land)

Eaton visit to Holy Land

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton (seated, second from right) and other ELCA leaders visit with members of the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land.

Eaton visits the Holy Land

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton (second from left) helps lead worship at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem. She is joined by (from left) the Rev. Carrie Smith, an ELCA pastor serving Redeemer; the Rev. Munib Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and the Rev. Ibrahim Azar of the denomination.

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An ELCA delegation visits the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan, a new congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. The church is built on the site where it is believed that John the Baptist baptized Jesus.

Eaton visits the Holy Land

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, second from right, visits Augusta Victoria Hospital, a program of The Lutheran World Federation. The ELCA supports the hospital, which offered in 2014 more than 13,200 dialysis sessions, nearly 10,000 chemotherapy sessions and more than 14,000 interventions in the radiation oncology unit on an outpatient basis.

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ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and the Rev. Munib Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, meet with Patriarch Theophilos III, (center) the patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem.

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An ELCA delegation of leaders visit with Patriarch Fouad Twal (center), the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church and Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem.

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ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and the Rev. Munib Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, meet with Patriarch Nourhan Manougian (center), the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem.

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As part of their January 2015 pilgrimage to the Holy Land, an ELCA delegation visits the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

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

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

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.