Photo blogs

A visual tour of ELCA congregations, people and events.


We are the ELCA

May 19, 2014

The members of the ELCA make up a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world. With nearly 10,000 congregations across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and nearly 4.2 million members, we are a diverse community working together as the body of Christ.

We are the ELCA

Luther Place is on Thomas Circle in the heart of Washington, D.C. The congregation is “called to a mission of hospitality.”

We are the ELCA

Members of Central Lutheran Church, Capitol Hill, Seattle, celebrate the Seahawks.

We are the ELCA

Patt Kauffman, pastor of St. Peter’s, Port Jervis, N.Y., welcomes all people to this Reconciling in Christ ELCA Lutheran congregation.

We are the ELCA

The Northeastern Iowa Synod, in partnership with the Naz Builders of Nazareth Lutheran, Cedar Falls, has undertaken a synod-wide service project to rehab family student housing at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque. Congregations and individuals are invited to join a work team.

We are the ELCA

PJ Jayne Thompson, campus pastor, and crew during “Chapel Rap” at Thiel College, Greenville, Pa.

We are the ELCA

Having fun at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp, Hillside, Colo.

Celebrating Mother’s Day

May 12, 2014

On Mother’s Day we celebrate all who nurture others and offer motherly love. We ask God to give them strength, hope and inspiration throughout the year.

Celebrating Mother’s Day

Anne Edison-Albright, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Stevens Point, Wis., celebrates Mother’s Day with her son, Walter.

Celebrating Mother’s Day

Carnations are distributed at Hope Lutheran Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Celebrating Mother’s Day

The All-for-One support group works on a Mother’s Day craft project at Messiah Lutheran Church in Vancouver, Wash.

Celebrating Mother’s Day

Students at the Dar al-Kalima Evangelical Lutheran School celebrate Mother’s Day with a carnival. Kindergarten students and their mothers are making Mother’s Day crafts at the carnival.

Celebrating Mother’s Day

All women at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Clifton Park, N.Y., receive a rose and are invited to a free Mother’s Day brunch.

Celebrating Mother’s Day

In 2013, Joe Troester, ELCA East Africa regional representative, offered a Mother's Day tribute to the Central African Republic's first woman to receive a Ph.D. in theology, Antoinette Yindjara-Beanzoui: mother, grandmother, wife and pastor.

ELCA Latino community

May 05, 2014

The ELCA has approximately 147 Latino ministries in the United States. The work of these ministries supports pastors, lay leaders and congregations as they serve to share the good news of Jesus Christ. This church is composed of people from many different cultures, traditions and languages who work together as the body of Christ for the kingdom of God.

ELCA Latino community

Antonio Cabello, an ELCA pastor, and Palm Sunday procession at Bethel Lutheran Church, Madison, Wis.

ELCA Latino community

Hector Garfias-Toledo, ELCA pastor and director for evangelical mission, Metropolitan Chicago Synod, with his wife, Chienyu Jade Yi, also an ELCA pastor, and daughter Sofia Garfias-Yi.

ELCA Latino community

Preparing for a procession at Iglesia Luterana San Lucas. Eagle Pass, Texas.

ELCA Latino community

Iglesia Lutherana Nueva Esperanza, Aurora, Ill. fundraising for a mission trip to Nicaragua.

ELCA Latino community

Irma Banales, lay leader, Iglesia Luterana Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Irving, Texas.

Bishops’ Advocacy Convening

Apr 28, 2014

Thirty-two bishops representing the 65 ELCA synods met with congressional leaders in Washington, D.C., for the 2014 ELCA Bishops’ Advocacy Convening, March 31 – April 2. The meetings focused on the ELCA’s commitment to advocate for public policies that create opportunities to overcome poverty, promote peace and justice, and care for creation.

Bishops' Advocacy Convenes

H. Julian Gordy, bishop of the Southeastern Synod, (left) and Robert Schaefer, bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod, pause on their way to the White House. Both bishops are members of the Immigration Ready Bench.

Bishops' Advocacy Convenes

Michael Burk, bishop of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, with U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa,  after a visit to the office of U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa.

Bishops' Advocacy Convenes

Larry Wohlrabe, bishop of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod (Domestic Ready Bench); James Arends, bishop of the La Crosse Area Synod (International Ready Bench); and Claire Burkat, bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod (Immigration Ready Bench) during the meetings.

Bishops' Advocacy Convenes

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton celebrated her birthday at the Lutheran Prayer Breakfast. During the breakfast ELCA member U.S. Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., presented Bishop Eaton with a birthday cake.

Bishops' Advocacy Convenes

Murray Finck, bishop of the ELCA Pacifica Synod and chair of the ELCA Middle East Ready Bench meets Melissa Rogers, executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Bishops' Advocacy Convenes

From left, Robert Rimbo, bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod (Immigration Ready Bench); Marie Jerge, bishop of the Upstate New York Synod (Immigration Ready Bench); and Richard Jaech, bishop of the Southwestern Washington Synod (Middle East Ready Bench), during the meetings.

Easter 2014

Apr 19, 2014

Christ is risen, Hallelujah! On Easter Christians the world over celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. ELCA congregations celebrate this with ancient traditions while others add a bit of a modern touch. Here is a glimpse of how some Lutheran congregations celebrate.

Christ is risen indeed, Hallelujah!

Easter 2014

Easter morning sunrise service on Mount Helix, hosted by Christ Lutheran Church of La Mesa, San Diego.

Easter 2014

Easter celebration in the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Easter 2014

Easter Sunday at Salem Lutheran Church, Chicago.

Easter 2014

Easter Vigil at Lutheran Church of Honolulu, 2012.

Easter 2014

Bethany Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake, Ill., liturgical dancers.

Holy Week 2014

Apr 14, 2014

Holy Week is a solemn time at end of the 40-day season of Lent. During this week, Lutheran congregations focus on the last days of Jesus’ life through special services and annual observances of ancient origin.

Holy week 2014

Good Friday Soldier's Monologue — Al Van Lith portrays a soldier at the cross who sees that Jesus is the Savior. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Wauwatosa, Wis.

Holy week 2014

Children from Emmaus Evangelical Lutheran Church, Racine, Wis., carry the cross in the Prayer Walk of the Passion.

Holy week 2014

St. John Lutheran Church, Madison, S.D., hosts a “Living Last Supper” with Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday.

Holy week 2014

Kathy Vitalis Hoffman, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, Middletown, Md., invites all to come and share/release a burden, concern, hope or prayer this Holy Week, by writing it on a piece of paper and nailing it to a community cross.

Holy week 2014

Vicar Amelie lights the altar candle in preparation for Holy Week Vespers at Messiah Lutheran Church, Mechanicsville, Va.

Holy week 2014

In preparation for the feast of the resurrection, the children’s Easter Choir practices at Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, Salt Lake City.