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Lutheran, Episcopal leaders to meet in Washington to address role of faith and politics


​In an effort to deepen relationships and strengthen the intersection of faith and social issues, Lutheran and Episcopal U.S. church leaders will gather in Washington, D.C., Sept. 22-24 for an advocacy convening. As part of this event, leaders will meet with more than 60 congressional offices to advocate for federal funding to protect the environment and to highlight the impact climate change has on people living in poverty.

First class of ELCA International Women Leaders begins studies this fall


Six international women have received scholarships to pursue higher education at ELCA colleges and universities as part of the first year of the denomination's International Women Leaders initiative.

ELCA members lend their hands for ELCA’s dedicated day of service


​Equipped with paintbrushes, shovels, power tools, knitting needles and musical instruments, thousands of members of the ELCA gathered across the country Sept. 13 to lend their hands in service to share God’s love as part of “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday.

ELCA Malaria Campaign hits $15 million goal


The 3.8 million-member ELCA is celebrating a significant milestone in reaching a five-year goal of raising $15 million for the ELCA Malaria Campaign.

Wesley Haugen, former bishop of ELCA Eastern North Dakota Synod, dies


​The Rev. Wesley Haugen, former bishop of the ELCA Eastern North Dakota Synod, died Sept. 6 in Moorhead, Minn. He was 84.

ELCA works with partners to aid refugees entering Europe


As Europe continues to absorb hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East this summer, the ELCA is working with Lutheran companion churches and partners in Europe to assist people seeking refuge now and to meet their future needs.


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