ELCA Newshttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/ELCA presiding bishop World Refugee Day message http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7893http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7893<div class="ExternalClass664A7B32C67547049C27D4E16F09CB10"><p>CHICAGO – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued the following message in observance of World Refugee Day.</p><p>Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,</p><p>Today is World Refugee Day. Observed every year on June 20, this is a day when we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees worldwide. </p><p>There are more people fleeing war and persecution than ever before. We are now facing the largest global refugee crisis, with over 65 million people forcibly displaced from their countries. Twenty-one million of those who are displaced are refugees. The United States opens its doors to less than 1 percent of the world's refugees – 85,000 refugees entered our country in 2016. </p><p>In Matthew 25&#58;35, Jesus said, &quot;I was a stranger and you welcomed me.&quot; As people of faith, we are called to welcome the stranger and to walk alongside vulnerable refugees living in untenable situations. This support is critical in providing protection and hope for those who have fled persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, political views and/or associations. </p><p>As we recognize the global refugee crisis, let us also celebrate the many contributions that refugees make to our communities as they seek to stabilize their lives and build on their dreams. In this regard, we appreciate all the efforts of our congregations – in collaboration with <a href="http&#58;//lirs.org/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service</span></a> – that are welcoming refugees and providing many forms of hospitality. </p><p>It is also important to acknowledge the excellent work being done by <a href="https&#58;//www.lutheranworld.org/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">The Lutheran World Federation</span></a>, of which we are a member. These programs assist thousands of refugees every day who have fled their homes, such as South Sudanese now in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia; Burundians in Tanzania; Somalis, Eritreans and Sudanese in Ethiopia; and Syrians in Jordan, just to name a few. </p><p>World Refugee Day offers an opportunity for us to stand in solidarity with people who have been forced to leave their homes. Today and every day we pray for peace for all the children of God created in God's image. </p><p>In Christ, </p><p>The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton </p><p>Presiding Bishop</p><p>- - -</p><p><strong>About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America</strong>&#58;<br> The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of &quot;God's work. Our hands,&quot; the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.</p><p>For information contact&#58;<br> Candice Hill Buchbinder<br> 773-380-2877<br> Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br> <br></p><p>​</p></div>06/20/2017Robert Humphrey elected bishop of ELCA Virginia Synodhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7892http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7892<div class="ExternalClass487F573F1F134E8E8CB86E027E8D53B3"><p>CHICAGO – The Rev. Robert F Humphrey, Harrisonburg, Va., was elected June 11 to a six-year term as bishop of the Virginia Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod assembly May 9-11 at Roanoke College in Salem, Va.</p><p>Humphrey was elected on the fifth ballot with 217 votes to 167 votes for the Rev. Kelly Bayer Derrick, associate pastor of St. Philip Lutheran Church in Roanoke. A total of 193 votes was needed for election. </p><p>Humphrey has served as lead pastor of Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, Harrisonburg, since 2010. </p><p>The bishop-elect earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Richmond (Va.) in 1977. He received his Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C., in 1981. Southern Seminary is one of seven ELCA seminaries. </p><p>The Rev. James F. Mauney, who has served as bishop of the Virginia Synod since 1999, will retire Aug. 31.</p><p>Humphrey will be installed as bishop on Sept. 9 at First Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro, Va.</p><p>Information about the Virginia Synod is available at <a href="http&#58;//vasynod.org/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">vasynod.org</span></a>.</p><p>- - - </p><p><strong>About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America</strong>&#58;<br> The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of &quot;God's work. Our hands,&quot; the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.</p><p>For information contact&#58;<br> Candice Hill Buchbinder<br> 773-380-2877<br> Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br></p><p>Jonah Berg-Ganzarain<br>773-380-2862<br>Jonah.Berg-Ganzarain@ELCA.org<br><em>Jonah Berg-Ganzarain attends Bentley University and is working as an intern with ELCA Strategic Communications. </em></p><p>&#160;</p><p>​</p></div>06/13/2017ELCA to celebrate 500th anniversary of the Reformation with public event in D.C.http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7891http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7891<div class="ExternalClassFF4D34B6CFDC425DB6E78EFA60884523"><p><span style="margin&#58;0px;line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;&quot;times new roman&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000"></font></span></p><p>CHICAGO – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will host a commemoration of the 500<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Reformation on Oct. 31 at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington, D.C. </p><p>Eaton will be joined by the Rev. William O. Gafkjen, bishop of the ELCA Indiana-Kentucky Synod and chair of the ELCA Conference of Bishops; the Rev. Richard H. Graham, bishop of the ELCA Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod; and ELCA Vice President Bill Horne. </p><p>The event, which will meet under the theme &quot;Looking Back and Called Forward,&quot; will be available online via livestream for all to watch.</p><p>The event will be open to the public and available online via livestream. All are invited to participate and honor the Reformation anniversary as the ELCA bears public witness to Christ, who frees us to love and serve our neighbor, and as we look to the future to which God is calling us. </p><p>&#160;Additional details will follow as they become available. For more information, contact Rob Campbell at 773-380-2986 or Rob.Campbell@elca.org.</p><p><a href="https&#58;//www.elca500.org/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Read</span></a> more about the ELCA's observance of the 500<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Reformation.</p><p>- - -</p><p><strong>About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America</strong>&#58;<br> The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of &quot;God's work. Our hands,&quot; the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.<br><strong>&#160;</strong><br><strong>About the 500</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> anniversary of the Reformation</strong><br>Martin Luther posted the Ninety-Five Theses in Wittenberg, Germany, 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. The Reformation offers to Christians everywhere a liberating way of listening to and sharing the word of God. It teaches that Christ's life flows through faith into a life of service to the neighbor and offers the promise of God's love that makes possible a life of &quot;living, daring confidence in God's grace.&quot;<br>ELCA congregations, members, synods and affiliated institutions are observing the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in a variety of events and activities. Many of the local activities reflect the magnitude of work being done on a national and international scale. In all the activities, the ELCA seeks to find in this historic milestone an occasion to give a confident and joyful witness of the life and freedom in Jesus Christ that is for all.</p><p>​</p></div>06/08/2017S. John Roth re-elected bishop of ELCA Central/Southern Illinois Synodhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7890http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7890<div class="ExternalClass08ED38D01D6942C6A31359AB75C4A36D"><p>CHICAGO&#160;– The Rev. S. John Roth, Jacksonville, Ill., was re-elected June 3 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Central/Southern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly June 1-3 at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville, Ill.</p><p>Roth was re-elected on the fifth ballot with 160 votes to 123 votes for the Rev. Tony A. Metz, pastor of Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Quincy, Ill.</p><p>Roth has served as bishop of the Central/Southern Illinois Synod in Springfield since 2011. He served as pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Ill., from 1988 to 2011. &#160;</p><p>The bishop earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1976 and his Master of Divinity from Christ Seminary–Seminex in St. Louis in 1980. Roth received a Master of Theology from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1987. The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is one of seven ELCA seminaries. Roth received a Master or Arts from Vanderbilt University in 1987 and his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt in 1994. </p><p>Information about the Central/Southern Illinois Synod is available at <a href="http&#58;//www.csis-elca.org/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">csis-elca.org/</span></a>.</p><p>- - -</p><p><strong>About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America</strong>&#58;<br> The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of &quot;God's work. Our hands,&quot; the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.</p><p>For information contact&#58;<br> Candice Hill Buchbinder<br> 773-380-2877<br> Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br> <br></p><p>​</p></div>06/07/2017Record number accept call to ELCA Young Adults in Global Missionhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7888http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7888<div class="ExternalClassB4A4ADC66CF447EFB904BCB2BEB288FF"><p>CHICAGO – Ninety-six young adult volunteers from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have accepted the call to serve with the ELCA's Young Adults in Global Mission during the 2017-2018 program year. This is a record number of volunteers for the year-long program that started in 1999 with eight young adults who volunteered to serve in the United Kingdom.</p><p>Young Adults in Global Mission is an international mission opportunity for young people from the ages of 21 to 29 in which volunteers live and serve with ELCA companion churches and partner organizations around the world. <br><br>Country programs are in Argentina/Uruguay, Australia, Cambodia, Central Europe, Jerusalem/West Bank, Madagascar, Mexico, Rwanda, Senegal, Southern Africa, and the United Kingdom. In addition to Hungary, the Central Europe program will add a site in Serbia.</p><p>The young adults will depart for their year of service Aug. 23.</p><p>For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Candice Hill Buchbinder at Candice.HillBuchbinder@elca.org or 773-380-2877.</p><p>- - -</p><p><strong>About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America</strong>&#58;<br> The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of &quot;God's work. Our hands,&quot; the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.</p><p>For information contact&#58;<br> Candice Hill Buchbinder<br> 773-380-2877<br> Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br> <br></p><p>​</p></div>05/25/2017Katherine A. Finegan elected bishop of ELCA Northern Great Lakes Synodhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7889http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7889<div class="ExternalClass7CCC77AB2E214AA589EDADC83A6CA643"><p>CHICAGO – The Rev. Katherine A. Finegan, Marquette, Mich., was elected May 23 to a six-year term as bishop of the Northern Great Lakes Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly May 21-23 at Messiah Lutheran Church and Northern Michigan University in Marquette.</p><p>Finegan was elected on the fifth ballot with 164 votes to 84 votes for the Rev. Peter M. Jonas, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Arcadia, Wis. </p><p>Finegan has served as assistant to the bishop in the Northern Great Lakes Synod since 2012. She served as pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in Republic, Mich., from 2002 to 2012.</p><p>The bishop-elect earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind., in 1987. She received her Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 2002. Luther is one of eight ELCA seminaries. </p><p>The Rev. Thomas A. Skrenes, current bishop of the ELCA Northern Great Lakes Synod, has served as bishop since 1999 and will retire Aug. 31.<br></p><p>Finegan will be installed as bishop on Oct. 21 at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette.</p><p>Information about the Northern Great Lakes Synod is available at <a href="http&#58;//www.nglsynod.org/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">nglsynod.org</span></a>.</p><p>- - -</p><p><strong>About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America</strong>&#58;<br> The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of &quot;God's work. Our hands,&quot; the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.</p><p>For information contact&#58;<br> Candice Hill Buchbinder<br> 773-380-2877<br> Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br> &#160;</p><p>&#160;</p><p>&#160;</p><p>​</p></div>05/25/2017