ELCA Newshttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/Barbara Collins elected bishop of Upper Susquehanna Synodhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7838http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7838<div class="ExternalClass7C768C14F25E49309B54A18CEC72BF68"><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; CHICAGO<em> </em>– The Rev. Barbara Jeanne Collins, Selinsgrove, Pa., was elected June 18 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Upper Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly June 17-18 at Weber Chapel at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Collins was elected on the fifth ballot with 133 votes to 122 votes for the Rev. William S. Henderson, pastor of Christ's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lewisburg, Pa.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;I'm humbled by and in awe of being given this responsibility by our Synod Assembly voting members. The Holy Spirit is definitely doing something new here,&quot; said Collins. &quot;This confirms the growing sense for mission across our synod. We're talking about renewal and about building relationships.&#160;We're talking about how we are blessed by God's abundance – empowering us to be generous in our living. I am impassioned to be able to help engage others in this vision to be the church, to be the change, and to be in the midst of our communities where God is calling us to be.&quot;<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Collins has served as assistant to the bishop and director for evangelical mission of the Upper Susquehanna Synod since 2013. She was pastor of a two-point parish serving at St. John Lutheran Church in Potts Grove, Pa., and Follmer Lutheran Church in Milton, Pa., from 2002 to 2012.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;The bishop-elect&#160;earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in Bloomsburg in 1997 and a Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 2001. Gettysburg is one of the ELCA's eight seminaries.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; The Rev. Robert L. Driesen, current bishop of the Upper Susquehanna Synod, has served as bishop since 2007 and will retire Aug. 31.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Collins will be installed as bishop Saturday Oct. 29, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sunbury, Pa.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Information about the Upper Susquehanna Synod is available at <a href="http&#58;//www.uss-elca.org/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">uss-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.<br></p><p>For information contact&#58;<br> Candice Hill Buchbinder<br> 773-380-2877 or Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br> <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/news"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">ELCA.org/news</span></a><br> Facebook&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.facebook.com/Lutherans"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">facebook.com/Lutherans</span></a><br> Living Lutheran&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.livinglutheran.org/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">livinglutheran.org</span></a></p><p>&#160;</p><p>​</p></div>06/23/2016Jeffrey Clements elected bishop of Northern Illinois Synodhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7837http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7837<div class="ExternalClassB4EBB2A7C7A74BA0862BC88A2C89AA51"><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; CHICAGO&#160;– The Rev. H. Jeffrey Clements, Rockford, was elected June 18 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Northern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly June 16-18 at Centennial Hall at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Clements was elected on the fifth ballot with 278 votes to 181 votes for the Rev. Stacie R. Fidlar, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Rock Island.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;I have never yet served a call in this church that I would have anticipated or sought. Yet, each time the Holy Spirit has spoken through the church, I have been challenged and happy,&quot; said Clements. &quot;The same is true today. I am honored and humbled to receive this call and will gladly serve the Northern Illinois Synod in a time of great transition in the church.&quot;<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Clements has served as assistant to the bishop of the Northern Illinois Synod since 2002. He was pastor of First Lutheran Church in Prophetstown, Ill., from 1990 to 2002.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Clements earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1977 and a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 1983. Luther is one of the ELCA's eight seminaries.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; The Rev. Gary M. Wollersheim, current bishop of the Northern Illinois Synod, has served three six-year terms and will retire Aug. 31.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Clements will be installed as bishop Saturday, Sept. 24, at First Lutheran Church in Rockford.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;Information about the Northern Illinois Synod is available at <a href="http&#58;//www.nisynod.org/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">nisynod.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.<br> <br></p><p>For information contact&#58;<br> Candice Hill Buchbinder<br> 773-380-2877 or Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br> <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/news"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.ELCA.org/news</span></a><br> Facebook&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.facebook.com/Lutherans"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.facebook.com/Lutherans</span></a><br> Living Lutheran&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.livinglutheran.com/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.livinglutheran.com</span></a></p><p>&#160;</p><p>​</p></div>06/22/2016William Gafkjen re-elected bishop of ELCA Indiana-Kentucky Synodhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7836http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7836<div class="ExternalClassE544CC813E0846B1B44F0C723A1F74FA"><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; CHICAGO – The Rev. William O. Gafkjen, Indianapolis, was re-elected June 9 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the synod assembly June 9-11 at the Century Center in South Bend, Ind.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Gafkjen was re-elected on the first ballot with 290 votes. A total of 270 votes were needed for election.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;I am grateful for and humbled by the strong affirmation and call from the people of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod to serve another six years as their bishop,&quot; Gafkjen said. &quot;This is also affirmation of the work of the rest of the synod staff, synod council and other synod leaders as we have worked together with congregations and their leaders over the last six years to see where God is doing new things and, together, to get on board with them.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;As our synod assembly theme put it, we are Spirit filled, Spirit sent people. I look forward to being a part of the surprising and transforming work of the Spirit in and through God's people across this territory in the years ahead.&quot;<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Gafkjen has served as bishop of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod in Indianapolis since 2010. He was an assistant to the bishop of the synod from 2002 to 2010.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Gafkjen earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., in 1979 and a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 1985. He received a Doctor of Ministry, Gospel and Culture from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. St. Olaf is one of 26 ELCA colleges and universities. Luther is one of the ELCA's eight seminaries. Columbia is one of 10 seminaries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Information about the Indiana-Kentucky Synod is available at <a href="http&#58;//www.iksynod.org/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">www.iksynod.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.<br></p><p>**Nathan Gafkjen is an intern for the Strategic Communications team of the ELCA. He is a 2016 graduate of Valparaiso (Ind.) University, with a Bachelor of Arts in theology and ministry and a minor in communications.<br></p><p>For information contact&#58;<br> Candice Hill Buchbinder<br> 773-380-2877 or Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br> <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/news"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.ELCA.org/news</span></a><br> Facebook&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.facebook.com/Lutherans"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.facebook.com/Lutherans</span></a><br> Living Lutheran&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.livinglutheran.com/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.livinglutheran.com</span></a></p><p>​</p></div>06/14/2016Paul Erickson elected bishop of ELCA Greater Milwaukee Synodhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7835http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7835<div class="ExternalClass8F11CBB4F07B406EAC7C2418FDC506F0"><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; CHICAGO (ELCA) – The Rev. Paul D. Erickson, West St. Paul, Minn., was elected June 4 to a six-year term as bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the synod assembly June 2-4 at the Tarble Arena at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis.</p><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Erickson was elected on the fifth ballot with 190 votes to 165 votes for the Rev. Lisa Bates-Froiland, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.</p><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;I'm excited and hopeful about our future as we continue the work of establishing vibrant faith communities committed to working with God in the establishment of a more just, peaceful and compassionate world,&quot; Erickson said. &quot;The ELCA Greater Milwaukee Synod has a strong history of creative and faithful ministry, and I look forward to finding out what God has in store for us all as this next chapter unfolds.&quot;</p><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Since 2014 Erickson has served as director of Agora in St. Paul, Minn., a ministry that helps develop lay leaders for immigrant and multicultural congregations in Minnesota and South Dakota. He was assistant to the bishop for evangelical mission in the Saint Paul Area Synod from 2008 to 2014.</p><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; The bishop-elect earned a Bachelor of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., in 1983 and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1989. Erickson earned a Doctor of Ministry in congregation mission and leadership from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 2012. Adolphus Gustavus is one of 26 ELCA colleges and universities. The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Luther are two of eight ELCA seminaries.</p><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; The Rev. Jeff Barrow, current bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod, has served one six-year term and will retire this summer.</p><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Erickson will be installed as bishop Saturday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. at St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa, Wis.</p><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Information about the Greater Milwaukee Synod is available at <a href="http&#58;//milwaukeesynod.org/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">milwaukeesynod.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>**Nathan Gafkjen is an Intern for the Strategic Communications team of the ELCA. He is a 2016 graduate of Valparaiso (Ind.) University, with a Bachelor of Arts in theology and ministry and a minor in communications.<br></p><p>For information contact&#58;<br> Candice Hill Buchbinder<br> 773-380-2877 or Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br> <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/news"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.ELCA.org/news</span></a><br> Facebook&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.facebook.com/Lutherans"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.facebook.com/Lutherans</span></a><br> Living Lutheran&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.livinglutheran.com/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.livinglutheran.com</span></a></p><p>&#160;</p><p>​&#160;</p><p>​</p></div>06/14/2016ELCA presiding bishop issues letter in response to Orlando shootinghttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7834http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7834<div class="ExternalClass5D95FD14628B412798FE1B1F1FA2D940"><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; CHICAGO (ELCA) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued a letter in response to the June 12 shooting that claimed the lives of 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla. This is the deadliest mass shooting in U. S. history. In the letter Eaton states, &quot;We must speak peace and reconciliation into the cacophony of hatred and division. We must live the truth that all people are created in God's image.&quot; &#160;</p><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Eaton's letter follows&#58;</p><p>Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,</p><p><em>&quot;So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them.&quot; Genesis 1&#58;27</em></p><p>We are killing ourselves. We believe that all people are created in God's image. All of humanity bears a family resemblance. Those murdered in Orlando were not abstract &quot;others,&quot; they are us. But somehow, in the mind of a deeply disturbed gunman, the LGBTQ community was severed from our common humanity. This separation led to the death of 49 and the wounding of 54 of <strong>us</strong>.<br></p><p>We live in an increasingly divided and polarized society. Too often we sort ourselves into like-minded groups and sort others out. It is a short distance from division to demonization. Yesterday, we witnessed the tragic consequences of this.<br></p><p>There is another way. In Christ God has reconciled the world to God's self. Jesus lived among us sharing our humanity. Jesus died for us to restore our humanity. God invites us into this reconciling work. This must be our witness as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The perpetrator of this hate crime did not come out of nowhere. He was shaped by our culture of division, which itself has been misshapen by the manipulation of our fears. That is not who we are. St. Paul wrote, &quot;So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new. All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ&quot; (II Corinthians 5&#58;17-20).<br></p><p>Our work begins now. We need to examine ourselves, individually and as a church, to acknowledge the ways we have divided and have been divided. We must stand with people who have been &quot;othered&quot;. We must speak peace and reconciliation into the cacophony of hatred and division. We must live the truth that all people are created in God's image. </p><p>&#160;This morning your churchwide staff came together to mourn and to pray. We prayed for those killed in Orlando and remembered the Charleston Nine killed only a year ago. We prayed for the family of the shooter, for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters and for our Muslim brothers and sisters who now face the threat of retaliation. And we prayed that the Prince of Peace will bring us to the day when we stop killing ourselves.</p><p>Your sister in Christ,</p><p>Elizabeth A. Eaton<br> Presiding Bishop<br> Evangelical Lutheran Church in America</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 or Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br> <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/news"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.ELCA.org/news</span></a><br> Facebook&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.facebook.com/Lutherans"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.facebook.com/Lutherans</span></a><br> <br></p><p>​</p></div>06/13/2016New ELCA Federal Credit Union openshttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7833http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7833<div class="ExternalClass1F4FE356C25745248EB87CEE1DE0B2ED"><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; CHICAGO (ELCA) – The ELCA Federal Credit Union, the new credit union of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 6 at its headquarters in The Lutheran Center in Chicago. This is the first credit union chartered by the National Credit Union Administration to open in Illinois in 10 years. The institution will serve ELCA members, congregations and ELCA-related ministries and their employees.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;We're so excited to be offering this new opportunity for all of our members and those affiliated ministries around the country,&quot; said the Rev. Arnold Pierson, president of the ELCA Federal Credit Union. &quot;Our prime responsibility is to be able to offer all members of the church a socially responsible way to connect their financial services.&quot;<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; The ELCA credit union supports the ELCA's mission to promote wise stewardship of members' and congregations' financial resources, based on the ELCA's social statement on economic life, &quot;Sufficient, Sustainable Livelihood for All.&quot; The statement, adopted by the 1999 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, expresses ELCA teaching that economic activity is a means through which God's will is served for the thriving and wellbeing of humankind and the care of the earth.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; In her remarks during the opening ceremony, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton compared the credit union to services offered by many payday lending institutions. &quot;The ELCA Federal Credit Union is responsible stewardship. It makes services available to everyone. It's socially responsible and is a great benefit not only to members of the ELCA churchwide organization but to all our members across the church,&quot; said Eaton.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; The ELCA Mission Investment Fund, a financial ministry of the ELCA, was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the creation of the ELCA Federal Credit Union and securing the charter approval by the National Credit Union Administration. The fund specializes in church building projects.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&quot;I'm very proud today to be a part of the ELCA and part of an institution that had the vision to create a credit union for its employees, its members and ministries,&quot; said Eva Roby, president and chief executive officer of the ELCA Mission Investment Fund. &quot;It's been thrilling to participate in the creation of this fourth financial ministry of the ELCA.&quot;<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Besides the credit union and Mission Investment Fund, the other two ELCA financial ministries are the Endowment Fund of the ELCA, a pooled fund made available through the ELCA Foundation to all ELCA entities; and Portico Benefits Services, which provides benefits and services to enhance the well-being of ELCA rostered leaders and lay employees.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; The ELCA social statement &quot;Sufficient, Sustainable Livelihood for All&quot; is available <a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Economic_LifeSS.pdf?_ga=1.97640095.1275696404.1461871647."><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">here</span></a>. </p><p>&#160;- - -<br><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. 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