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A visual tour of ELCA congregations, people and events.


An audience with Pope Francis

Mar 01, 2015

In an endeavor to learn, share and deepen dialogue with Christian partners around the world, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton led a delegation of ELCA leaders in February 2015 to meet with religious leaders in Geneva, London and Rome, which included a general audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
(photos/The Vatican. The ELCA received permission to publish these photos exclusively on www.ELCA.org. Any other use is prohibited.)

A meeting with Pope Francis

Donald McCoid, director for ELCA Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations, presents Pope Francis with a gift during the 2015 Ecumenical Journey led by ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.

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ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton presents Pope Francis with letters from students attending St. Paul’s School in San Francisco. The letters include one from the daughter of Elizabeth Ekdale. Elizabeth, a member of the ELCA Church Council and pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco, participated in the 2015 ELCA Ecumenical Journey led by Eaton.

A meeting with Pope Francis

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton greets Pope Francis during the February ELCA Ecumenical Journey.

A meeting with Pope Francis

In addition to greeting Pope Francis, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and other ELCA leaders met with representatives of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Congregation for Bishops in The Roman Curia, and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

A meeting with Pope Francis

William E. Flippin Jr. greets Pope Francis during the 2015 Ecumenical Journey led by ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. William is a member of the ELCA Church Council and is the pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Atlanta.

A meeting with Pope Francis

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton visits the “Room of Tears” during the ELCA Ecumenical Journey.

A meeting with Pope Francis

A view of St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.

A meeting with Pope Francis

The ELCA delegation included Donald P. Kreiss (far right), bishop of the ELCA Southeast Michigan Synod; Kathryn Lohre, executive for ELCA Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations (left); and Donald McCoid (next to Lohre), director for ELCA Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations. ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton (center) led the delegation.

A meeting with Pope Francis

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and other ELCA leaders met with representatives of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity during the 2015 ELCA Ecumenical Journey.

ELCA delegation visits Europe

Feb 23, 2015

In an endeavor to learn, share and deepen dialogue with Christian partners around the world, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton led a delegation of ELCA leaders in February to meet with religious leaders in Geneva, London and Rome. In particular, the ELCA delegation met with representatives of The Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches, visited the Anglican Consultative Council, the Church of England, and met with Justin Welby – the archbishop of Canterbury. They also participated in a general audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

ELCA delegation visits Europe

Ioan Sauca, associate general secretary and director of the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey of the World Council of Churches, tells the ELCA delegation about the spiritual transformation that takes place in the lives of students who take turns leading ecumenical prayers each morning in the chapel at the Swiss institute.

ELCA delegation visits Europe

As part of ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s 2015 Ecumenical Journey, ELCA leaders met with representatives of the World Council of Churches in Geneva. The ELCA delegation toured the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre, which houses The Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches offices.

ELCA delegation visits Europe

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton (second from left) leads a delegation of ELCA leaders in a visit to the offices of The Lutheran World Federation based in Geneva. The ELCA is the only U.S. member church of the federation. The Rev. Martin Junge (third from left) is the federation’s general secretary.

ELCA delegation visits Europe

An ELCA delegation meets with staff representatives of the Anglican Consultative Council in London. The council facilitates the cooperative work of the churches of the Anglican Communion.

ELCA delegation visits Europe

An ELCA delegation meets with Justin Welby (center), archbishop of Canterbury of the Church of England at Lambeth Palace in London. The archbishop of Canterbury is the most senior bishop of the Anglican Communion with 85 million members worldwide.

ELCA delegation visits Europe

The ELCA delegation meets with Ioan Sauca (fourth from left), associate general secretary and director of The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey of the World Council of Churches in Switzerland.

ELCA delegation visits Europe

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton meets with Cardinal Marc Armand Ouellet in a visit to the Congregation for Bishops in the Roman Curia.

ELCA delegation visits Europe

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton meets with Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran in a visit to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. It was Cardinal Tauran who announced from the balcony the election of Pope Francis.

A visit to Cuba

Feb 09, 2015

A group of ELCA members from Chicago; Madison, Wis.; St. Paul, Minn.; and members of The Episcopal Church enjoyed the “sights and sounds of Cuba” and met “warm and welcoming people” in a special trip there Jan. 28-Feb. 2, 2015. According to trip participant Michael Sparby, pastor of Edison Park Lutheran Church in Chicago, churches in Cuba are “vibrant communities of faith eager to extend the love of God in Jesus Christ to their neighbors and eager for partnership with other Christians in the years ahead.”

Led by Ernest Vasseur and Craig Mueller, pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chicago, the trip was planned prior to a December 2014 announcement from the White House to renew diplomatic relations with Cuba.

A visit to Cuba

Sunday worship at Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Havana.

A visit to Cuba

ELCA members join in prayer with a congregation on land where a new church will be built in Limonar, Cuba.

A visit to Cuba

This cardboard model, held by Gilberto Caballero Elizalde, pastor of Iglesias Episcopal San Juan Evangelista in Coliseo, represents the church a congregation in Limonar, Cuba, hopes to build to replace one destroyed by a hurricane some years ago.

A visit to Cuba

A group of ELCA members from the Midwest traveled to Cuba, where they visited with Lutheran and Episcopal congregations there. The ELCA and The Episcopal Church are full communion partners.

A visit to Cuba

One of the many street bands in Old Havana.

A visit to Cuba

A view from the seminary grounds in the port city of Matanzas, Cuba.

ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarships, part 4

Feb 02, 2015

The ELCA Fund for Leaders is an ELCA initiative to build an endowed scholarship resource to provide tuition assistance for qualified candidates studying at ELCA seminaries. Sixteen full-tuition and four partial-tuition scholarships were awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year. In the last of a four-part series, meet our scholarship recipients!

Fund for Leaders scholarships

Lecia White is a Mission Developer Scholarship Recipient attending Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

Fund for Leaders scholarships

Ariel Williams is attending the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in Gettysburg, Pa.

Fund for Leaders scholarships

James Vitale is attending Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

Fund for Leaders scholarships

Paul Theiss is a Mission Developer Scholarship Recipient attending Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.

Fund for Leaders scholarships

Chris Schaefer is attending the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in Gettysburg, Pa.

Presiding Bishop Eaton visits the Holy Land, part 2

Jan 26, 2015

In January, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton led a delegation of ELCA leaders to visit the people and ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, a companion church of the ELCA. During their visit they met with patriarchs and archbishops of various churches and learned the latest in health care services at Augusta Victoria Hospital, a program of The Lutheran World Federation.
(Photos/Danae Hudson, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land)

Eaton visit to Holy Land

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton (seated, second from right) and other ELCA leaders visit with members of the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land.

Eaton visits the Holy Land

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton (second from left) helps lead worship at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem. She is joined by (from left) the Rev. Carrie Smith, an ELCA pastor serving Redeemer; the Rev. Munib Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and the Rev. Ibrahim Azar of the denomination.

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An ELCA delegation visits the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan, a new congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. The church is built on the site where it is believed that John the Baptist baptized Jesus.

Eaton visits the Holy Land

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, second from right, visits Augusta Victoria Hospital, a program of The Lutheran World Federation. The ELCA supports the hospital, which offered in 2014 more than 13,200 dialysis sessions, nearly 10,000 chemotherapy sessions and more than 14,000 interventions in the radiation oncology unit on an outpatient basis.

Eaton visits the Holy Land

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and the Rev. Munib Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, meet with Patriarch Theophilos III, (center) the patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem.

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An ELCA delegation of leaders visit with Patriarch Fouad Twal (center), the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church and Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem.

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ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and the Rev. Munib Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, meet with Patriarch Nourhan Manougian (center), the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem.

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As part of their January 2015 pilgrimage to the Holy Land, an ELCA delegation visits the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

Blessings for skiers and snowboarders

Jan 20, 2015

Members of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, actively seek ways to serve their community. Starting with participation in the 2014 “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, says Jeff Beebe, the congregation’s pastor, they’ve continued their service in some unique ways, such as offering “blessings for skiers and boarders” – winter sports enthusiasts who are headed to Big Cottonwood Canyon. To read the story, click here.

Blessings for skiers and snow boarders

A car-load of college students are eager to get their winter sports season started with a blessing, offered by the pastor and members of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Blessings for skiers and snow boarders

A member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, hands out hot chocolate to people in cars as part of the congregation’s blessing of skiers and snowboarders.

Blessings for skiers and snow boarders

Members of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, wave to passing cars to offer blessings for skiers and snowboarders.

Blessings for skiers and snow boarders

Members of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, and their pastor, Jeff Beebe, bless a group of college students on their way to skiing and snowboarding.

Blessings for skiers and snow boarders

Members of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, get ready for the 2014 “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday.

Blessings for skiers and snow boarders

Firefighters and members of the congregation pose in front of a fire truck on “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014.

Blessings for skiers and snow boarders

Young members of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, tour the local fire station on “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014.

Blessings for skiers and snow boarders

Members of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, smile after a successful day of blessing people in their community.