On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of the United States, killing 1,833 people and displacing hundreds of thousands in the Gulf region. In response to the powerful storm, members of the ELCA contributed more than $27 million to Lutheran Disaster Response to help support the recovery efforts and provided thousands of volunteer hours to help rebuild and restore communities along the Gulf Coast.
In response to a statement and call to action from the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton has pledged the 3.8 million-member ELCA to participate Sept. 6 in "Confession, Repentance and Commitment to End Racism Sunday."
In an Aug. 5 letter to U.S. Congress, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton urged for "careful deliberation and consideration" in response to the "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action," which "seeks to 'ensure that Iran's nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful.'"
Traveling from as far away as Hawaii and Germany, 70 chaplains from the ELCA convened in Chicago for the annual Chaplain Education and Training Event July 26-30. The chaplains, some of whom have recently returned from deployments in Afghanistan, Colombia and Djibouti, serve in the U.S. military, Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals and federal prisons.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the full communion agreement between the ELCA and the Moravian Church in America.
In an effort to continue understanding the complexity and implications of racism, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton invites the 3.8 million member church to participate in a live webcast Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. (CDT).