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Thirty-two bishops representing 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will meet with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill April 2. The meetings will focus on the ELCA’s commitment to advocate for public policy that creates opportunities to overcome poverty, promote peace and justice, and care for creation. ​


Christian and Jewish leaders from the United States have committed to "developing an effective and ongoing national dialogue" during a March 27 summit in New York City. Among the Christian leaders were the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop, and the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, former ELCA presiding bishop who co-convened the summit along with Rabbi Steve Gutow, president and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.​


The Rev. Robin J. Steinke, Gettysburg, Pa., has been named president of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., effective June 1. Luther is one of eight ELCA seminaries.​


As a church that believes “God is calling us into the world together,” members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will participate in “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, Sept. 7 – a day dedicated to doing service work alongside neighbors in communities across the country.​


 As international and U.S. political leaders examine prospects for peace in the Middle East, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton joins more than 40 other religious leaders in the U.S. and Jerusalem in supporting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to find "a secure and just peace" between Israel and Palestine.​


The Rev. Dr. Lloyd Svendsbye, a member of the commission that formed the ELCA, died March 2 after suffering a stroke. He was 83.​


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