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.
The social message titled “End-of-Life Decisions” does not deal with the full scope of these complex matters; it draws upon a relevant social statement of a predecessor church body, “Death and Dying,” as basis for the guidance it offers. The message does, however, provide a Christian perspective and address several timely aspects of end-of-life situations, while encouraging further deliberation. The issues addressed in the message include allowing death and taking life, refusal of beneficial treatment and physician-assisted death. It concludes with attention to ministry in preparation for the end of life.
You can read or download the full social message on “End-of-Life Decisions” in English or en español. This social message was adopted in 1992 by the Church Council of the ELCA.
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