Recent News Stories
ELCA news releases are detailed accounts describing events and ministires of the ELCA
The ELCA has added $50,000 in humanitarian assistance to its August 2013 relief commitment of $250,000 to help those affected by the violence in the Central African Republic.
In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, ELCA leaders expressed concern for “the grave state of human insecurity in the Central African Republic.” ELCA leaders urged Kerry and other U.S. elected officials to “continue the aid measures in the Central African Republic, support the efforts of religious leaders to prevent violence and promote peace and harmony among their communities and restore order.”
The Rev. James A. Justman, bishop of the ELCA East-Central Synod of Wisconsin, resigned as bishop of the synod effective Dec. 19, 2013. In a Dec. 20 letter to members of the synod, Justman wrote that it is his hope that “you know how much I have loved this calling, and how honored I have been to share in ministry and mission with you. For personal reasons, the timing is best for me to step away at this time.”
ELCA members have contributed $10 million to support the ELCA Malaria Campaign in their effort to raise $15 million by the end of 2015. Through the campaign, ELCA members have joined with companion Lutheran churches and partners in 13 African countries to prevent and treat malaria, educate communities about the disease and more.
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton shared a 2013 Christmas greeting Dec. 19 with the 4 million members of this church.
In response to the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton invites prayer for the healing of families, a community and our nation.