Martin Luther was eight years old when Christopher Columbus set sail from Europe and landed in the Western Hemisphere. Luther was a young monk and priest when Michaelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel in Rome...
Assignment completes candidacy for all people, including those ordained in another Lutheran church or Christian tradition, moving them toward first call and admittance to the appropriate roster in the ELCA...
The ELCA Conference of Bishops' Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Liaison Committee and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Committee commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by signing a joint statement during a Lutheran-Catholic service of Common Prayer.
Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-Five Theses” in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517, and the resulting debate about Christian teaching and practice led to changes that have shaped the course of Western Christianity for almost 500 years.
Seminary students can participate in a “come and see” experience to discern whether military chaplaincy might be a good fit for ministry. Seminary students preparing for ordained ministry who are accepted or enrolled full-time in seminary, are encouraged to consider entering the military chaplain candidate program. It is a unique and challenging opportunity for doing God’s work in the world and serving men and women who are serving in the U.S. military.
The Army, Navy and United States Air Force all offer chaplaincy opportunities for those who are candidates for ministry in the ELCA and enrolled in seminary. To participate as a military chaplain candidate, you will need a letter of approval from the Bureau for Federal Chaplaincy Ministries. This letter of approval requires a statement from the bishop of the synod in which you are a candidate for ministry, a letter from your seminary registrar, and a statement from the applicant — you — using the worksheet provided by the Bureau.
Please contact the Bureau for Federal Chaplaincy Ministries by phone or email for further details about the steps and process for moving toward the chaplain candidate program, and discerning if chaplaincy may be a part of your calling. Call 202-417-3693 or email.
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