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ELCA bishop joins North American heads of churches for annual meeting


​The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, is gathering with North American Lutheran and Episcopal leaders in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24-25 for the annual heads of church meeting. Joining Eaton are the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and National Bishop Susan Johnson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

ELCA support continues to aid European partners assisting refugees


As ministers of the European Union consider a plan this week for countries to receive and settle refugees streaming in from the Middle East and Africa, the ELCA continues to support the humanitarian efforts of its European companion Lutheran churches and partners, as they assist people seeking refuge now and anticipate their needs for the coming winter.

Lutheran, Episcopal leaders to meet in Washington to address role of faith and politics


​In an effort to deepen relationships and strengthen the intersection of faith and social issues, Lutheran and Episcopal U.S. church leaders will gather in Washington, D.C., Sept. 22-24 for an advocacy convening. As part of this event, leaders will meet with more than 60 congressional offices to advocate for federal funding to protect the environment and to highlight the impact climate change has on people living in poverty.

First class of ELCA International Women Leaders begins studies this fall


Six international women have received scholarships to pursue higher education at ELCA colleges and universities as part of the first year of the denomination's International Women Leaders initiative.

ELCA members lend their hands for ELCA’s dedicated day of service


​Equipped with paintbrushes, shovels, power tools, knitting needles and musical instruments, thousands of members of the ELCA gathered across the country Sept. 13 to lend their hands in service to share God’s love as part of “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday.

ELCA Malaria Campaign hits $15 million goal


The 3.8 million-member ELCA is celebrating a significant milestone in reaching a five-year goal of raising $15 million for the ELCA Malaria Campaign.


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