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ELCA members describe life-changing Youth Gathering


​Life-changing, amazing, unimaginable, and impactful are some of the words members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) used to describe their experience during the ELCA Youth Gathering meeting here July 15-19.

ELCA members to meet in Atlanta for Worship Jubilee


​Gathering under the theme “Called to be a Living Voice,” members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will meet in Atlanta July 19-23 for the ELCA Worship Jubilee and the biennial conference of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

ELCA youth build relationships with Detroit residents


Wearing their orange T-shirts and dancing to live music, which reverberated in the streets of downtown Detroit, thousands of youth and adult participants of the ELCA Youth Gathering gathered July 16 at Hart Plaza. They gathered here before boarding buses lined-up for a mile-long, stretching from the Cobo Center to the Joe Louis Arena, to depart for their service work further into the city.

Lutherans support release of detained immigrant families


​ELCA and LIRS leaders expressed gratitude for a move by the Obama administration has begun releasing some detained mothers and children seeking asylum in the United States.

ELCA youth believe that ‘Love Does’ bind


One message that was heard loud and clear among teenage-age youth of the ELCA is that "Love Does" bind. About 500 youth from across this church gathered here July 12-15 at Wayne State University for the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) – an event designed to empower young people of color and/or whose primary language is other than English.

ELCA receives federal charter to open credit union


The ELCA was granted a federal charter July 7 to create the ELCA Federal Credit Union. The new credit union will provide products and services to the denomination's 3.8 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations and employees of the ELCA's 65 synods and churchwide organization. The credit union joins the three existing financial services ministries of the ELCA.


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