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In an effort to support hunger-fighting organizations in the United States, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) awarded 401 grants totaling nearly $1 million through its ELCA World Hunger program. The annual domestic hunger grants support ELCA congregations, social ministry organizations and community-based nonprofits working to address poverty, hunger and related social justice issues.


The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop, offers prayers for survivors and families of the three people who were shot and killed April 13 when a man opened fire outside a Jewish community center and a nearby retirement community in Overland Park, Kan., a suburb of Kansas City, Mo.​


ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton asked the U.S. Senate in an April 8 letter to consider legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour as part of an overall strategy to reduce poverty in the United States.​


The ELCA Church Council received a final report from a committee charged with overseeing resolutions that addressed the organizational "ecology" of the ELCA. The council, which met here April 4-6, received with gratitude the report that outlines ways in which these resolutions have changed the ELCA.​


Passionate about social justice, especially the rights of women and gender equality in the world today, a group representing the ELCA attended the United Nations 58th Commission on the Status of Women held in New York City. One critical understanding they came away with is that without social and economic change, gender inequality continues to grow.​


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. ​


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