A visual tour of ELCA congregations, people and events.
We are the ELCA
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.
Luther Place is on Thomas Circle in the heart of Washington, D.C. The congregation is “called to a mission of hospitality.”
Patt Kauffman, pastor of St. Peter’s, Port Jervis, N.Y., welcomes all people to this Reconciling in Christ ELCA Lutheran congregation.
PJ Jayne Thompson, campus pastor, and crew during “Chapel Rap” at Thiel College, Greenville, Pa.
Celebrating Mother’s Day
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.
Anne Edison-Albright, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Stevens Point, Wis., celebrates Mother’s Day with her son, Walter.
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
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.
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.
Iglesia Lutherana Nueva Esperanza, Aurora, Ill. fundraising for a mission trip to Nicaragua.
Irma Banales, lay leader, Iglesia Luterana Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Irving, Texas.
Bishops’ Advocacy Convening
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 celebration in the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Holy Week 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.
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.
St. John Lutheran Church, Madison, S.D., hosts a “Living Last Supper” with Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday.
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.
Vicar Amelie lights the altar candle in preparation for Holy Week Vespers at Messiah Lutheran Church, Mechanicsville, Va.
In preparation for the feast of the resurrection, the children’s Easter Choir practices at Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, Salt Lake City.