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.
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.
Expanding ministries among youth and young adults is an ELCA priority. To help cultivate young leaders, embrace a culture of diversity and inclusion and build a robust network of support, a new grant process is now available to support this church's priority.
The Rev. Matthew L. Riegel, Morgantown, W.Va., was elected June 6 to a six-year term as bishop of the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the synod assembly June 5-6 at the Days Inn and Conference Center in Sutton, W.Va.
With monsoon rains expected to significantly impact earthquake recovery operations in Nepal, the ELCA continues to work with partners there to address the immediate needs of communities rendered vulnerable to torrential rains, landslides and more.
Lutheran Disaster Response received the "Innovative Program of the Year" award for its storm-shelter pilot program at the 2015 National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster annual conference held May 11-15 in New Orleans. Lutheran Disaster Response is a ministry of the ELCA.