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The Rev. Mark William Thomsen, the first executive director of global mission at the ELCA churchwide organization, died Jan. 20 in Wautoma, Wis., following a three-month battle with cancer. He was 82 years old.​


In an effort to provide a place for Christians in the Middle East and from around the world to gather for pilgrimage and baptism, members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land have officially opened the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan. Dedicated on Jan. 6, 2014, Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan is located where Christians believe John the Baptist baptized Jesus.​


Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will join with Christians around the world Jan.18-25 to observe the 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.


Through the advocacy ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lutherans are asking the U.S. government to take additional measures to meet the immediate needs of Syrian refugees.​


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.”


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