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ELCA presiding bishop names “day of repentance and mourning”


In a public statement following a shooting that claimed the lives of nine people at a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C., ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton called for a "day of repentance and mourning." Local authorities called the killing racially motivated.

ELCA delegation meets with migrant families, others in Mexico


F​or thousands of people, including a growing number of women and children migrating from Central America to the United States, their final stop before crossing the Suchiate River into southern Mexico is the Casa de Migrante (House of Migrants) in Tecún Umán, Guatemala, said Stephen Deal of the ELCA.

ELCA Youth Gathering brings thousands to Detroit


In affirmation of their baptismal promise to “serve others and follow the example of Jesus,” almost 30,000 youth, adult leaders and others from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will participate in the ELCA Youth Gathering July 15-19 in Detroit. Meeting under the theme “Rise Up Together,” the Gathering will offer youth an opportunity to strengthen their faith and discover their call to serve the world – at home and abroad.​

ELCA leaders express grief over shooting in South Carolina


​ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton released a statement June 18 in response to a shooting where nine people were killed at a historic African American church in Charleston, S.C. Local authorities are calling the killing racially motivated.

ELCA issues statement on Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate changeELCA issues statement on Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change


ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton released a statement June 18 on behalf of this church in response to Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change and the deteriorating global environment.

Lutheran, Episcopal leaders ask for modernization of Columbia River Treaty


In a June 11 letter to President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and other religious leaders, asked that action be taken to modernize the Columbia River Treaty – a 1964 agreement between the United States and Canada to govern together water resources to promote economic growth, wealth and happiness for citizens of the two nations.


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