ELCA Newshttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/Kristen E.M. Kuempel elected bishop of ELCA Eastern Washington-Idaho Synodhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7887http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7887<div class="ExternalClassD3C8E520A2D2409B9146D14ACC864138"><p>CHICAGO – The Rev. Kristen E.M. Kuempel, Kennewick, Wash., was elected May 20 to a six-year term as bishop of the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly May 19-21 at the Doubletree–Spokane City Center in Spokane.</p><p>Kuempel was elected on the fourth ballot with 133 votes to 111 votes for the Rev. Michael B.&#160; Sager, pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Eagle, Idaho. A total of 123 votes was needed for election. </p><p>Kuempel has served as lead pastor of First Lutheran Church in Kennewick since 2010. </p><p>The bishop-elect earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Washington State University in Cheney, Wash. In 1998. She received her Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 2002. Luther is one of eight ELCA seminaries. </p><p>The Rev. Martin D. Wells, current bishop of the ELCA Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod, has served three six-year terms and decided not to seek another term.<br></p><p>Kuempel will be installed as bishop on Saturday, Sept. 16. </p><p>&#160;Information about the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod is available at <a href="http&#58;//www.ewaidsynod.org/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">ewaidsynod.org</span></a>.</p><p>&#160;</p><p>- - -</p><p><strong>About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America</strong>&#58;<br> The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of &quot;God's work. Our hands,&quot; the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.</p><p>&#160;For information contact&#58;<br> Candice Hill Buchbinder<br> 773-380-2877<br> Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br><br></p><p>​</p></div>05/23/2017ELCA and Episcopal Church issue call for prayer, fasting and advocacyhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7886http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7886<div class="ExternalClass1E96F26F5D844594B3A231F1AF73A66A"><p>​CHICAGO (May 18, 2017) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, have issued a joint statement calling for prayer, fasting and advocacy addressing cuts to public programs that are vital to hungry people who are living in poverty.<br><br>The statement &quot;For Such a Time As This&quot; calls for fasting on the 21st of each month through December 2018, at which time the 115th Congress will conclude. The 21st of each month is targeted because by that day about 90 percent of Supplemental Nutrition Benefits Program (SNAP) benefits have been used.<br><br>The call to fast will launch with a group of national and local leaders participating in a three-day fast May 21-23. This is in anticipation of the May 21 Global Day to End Famine – a broad coalition of church networks, denominations, faith-based organizations and concerned believers led by the World Council of Churches.<br><br><a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/ELCA_TEC_Pray_Fast_Act.pdf">Read</a> the joint statement.<br><br><a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaiss58bGLI&amp;feature=youtu.be">Watch</a> a video by Presiding Bishop Eaton.<br><br><a href="http&#58;//www.episcopalchurch.org/library/video/such-time-call-prayer-fasting-and-advocacy">Watch</a> a video by Presiding Bishop Curry.<br><br>ELCA Advocacy updates are available on <a href="https&#58;//twitter.com/ELCAadvocacy">Twitter</a> and <a href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/elcaadvocacy/">Facebook</a>.<br><br>- - -<br><br>About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America&#58;<br>The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of &quot;God's work. Our hands,&quot; the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.<br><br>For information contact&#58;<br>Candice Hill Buchbinder<br>773-380-2877<br><a href="mailto&#58;Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org">Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org</a><br></p></div>05/18/2017Michael Girlinghouse re-elected bishop of ELCA Arkansas-Oklahoma Synodhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7885http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7885<div class="ExternalClass9C257FA15EA14A8088D94438D1669374"><p>CHICAGO (ELCA) – The Rev. Michael K. Girlinghouse, Tulsa, Okla., was re-elected May 5 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly May 5-7 at The Lutheran Ministry Center in Tulsa.</p><p>Girlinghouse was re-elected on the first ballot with 81 votes. A total of 68 votes were needed for election.</p><p>Girlinghouse has served as bishop of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod in Tulsa since 2011. Prior to being elected bishop, he served as pastor of University Lutheran Church and Student Center in Norman, Okla., from 2005 to 2011.&#160;&#160;</p><p>The bishop earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1983 and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1987. The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is one of eight ELCA seminaries. </p><p>Information about the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod is available at <a href="http&#58;//www.aokelca.org/home"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">aokelca.org/home</span></a>.</p><p>- - -</p><p><strong>About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America</strong>&#58;<br> The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of &quot;God's work. Our hands,&quot; the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.</p><p>&#160;</p><p>For information contact&#58;<br> Candice Hill Buchbinder<br> 773-380-2877<br> Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br> &#160;</p><p>​</p></div>05/12/2017Donald Kreiss re-elected bishop of ELCA Southeast Michigan Synodhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7884http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7884<div class="ExternalClassE0CE2CB7C70B495EA8675C905568E6DD"><p>CHICAGO (ELCA) – The Rev. Donald P. Kreiss, Detroit, was re-elected May 5 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Southeast Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly May 4-6 at the Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron, Mich.</p><p>Kreiss was re-elected on the first ballot with 190 votes. A total of 166 votes were needed for election.</p><p>Kreiss has served as bishop of the Southeast Michigan Synod in Detroit since 2011. He served as pastor of Antioch Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills from 1999 to 2011.&#160;&#160;</p><p>The bishop earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., in 1983 and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1992. The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is one of eight ELCA seminaries. </p><p>&#160;Information about the Southeast Michigan Synod is available at <a href="http&#58;//www.semisynod.com/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">semisynod.com</span></a>.</p><p>- - -</p><p><strong>About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America</strong>&#58;<br> The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of &quot;God's work. Our hands,&quot; the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.</p><p>&#160;</p><p>For information contact&#58;<br> Candice Hill Buchbinder<br> 773-380-2877<br> Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br> &#160;</p><p>&#160;</p><p>​</p></div>05/12/2017ELCA presiding bishop delivers Easter messagehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7883http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7883<div class="ExternalClass7534EE30DD464DD1B5B0BA943CFF4028"><p>CHICAGO (April 12, 2017) – In her Easter message, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), reminds us to rejoice even when the brokenness of this world breaks our spirits. </p><p><img alt="Bishop Eaton Easter 2017.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/elcanews/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20News/AllItems/Bishop%20Eaton%20Easter%202017.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;405px;height&#58;232px;" /><br></p><p><a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=fK0rzqpK7Z0&amp;feature=youtu.be"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Listen</span></a> to Eaton's message.</p><p>&#160;<br>- - -<br><strong>About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America</strong>&#58;<br> The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of &quot;God's work. Our hands,&quot; the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.</p><p>For information contact&#58;<br> Candice Hill Buchbinder<br> 773-380-2877<br> Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br>&#160;</p><p>&#160;</p><p>​</p></div>04/12/2017ELCA Church Council holds spring 2017 meetinghttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7882http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7882<div class="ExternalClass86DBB0D6C2A348028B65E0397C8CD67A"><p>ITASCA&#160; - The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) met at the Eaglewood Conference Center, Itasca, Ill., March 30-April 2. The council, which serves as the ELCA's board of directors, met in plenary on Friday, March 31, and spent the remainder of its time in retreat, focused on the Called Forward Together in Christ process that will determine goals and priority areas for the ELCA. <br>&#160;</p><p>The council took the following action&#58;</p><p>·&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Designated Milwaukee, Wis., as the site of the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, either Aug. 5-10 or Aug. 12-17.</p><p>·&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Affirmed the direction of the ELCA Foundation Task Force on Structure and Governance to move toward a structure in which the deferred giving programs of the ELCA Foundation are transferred to the Endowment Fund of the ELCA. The council authorized the task force and staff to begin steps to lay the groundwork for that transition, bringing a complete proposal to its November 2017 meeting.</p><p>·&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Authorized a task force to implement a strategy toward authentic diversity within the ELCA.</p><p>·&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Designated 5 percent of the churchwide seminary grant in fiscal year 2018 for a focused, collaborative project among all seminaries that expands the number of people of color preparing for rostered ministry in this church.</p><p>·&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Approved the updated manual of policies and procedures for the management of the rosters.</p><p>·&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Received the ELCA churchwide organization operational plan report for 2016.</p><p>·&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Affirmed the succession plan proposed by the ELCA Domestic Mission unit for the corporate social responsibility position.</p><p>·&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Approved a Church Council designated fund in the amount equal to the excess revenue over expenses from fiscal year 2016, or $1,630,000, for release in fiscal year 2018 for the budgeted operations of the ELCA churchwide organization.</p><p>·&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Approved the report of the ELCA audit committee.</p><p>·&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Designated churchwide representatives to 2017 synod assemblies.</p><p>·&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Received responses to 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly actions on &quot;Examining the opportunities and implications of campaign zero, a policy platform in affirmation of Black Lives Matter,&quot; &quot;African Descent Lutherans&quot; and &quot;Call to Discernment on U.S. Foreign and Military Policy.&quot;</p><p>·&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Approved governing documents of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Luther Seminary and Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (to be subsequently a supporting organization for United Lutheran Seminary); received draft documents relating to the proposed asset acquisition of Trinity Lutheran Seminary by Capital University.</p><p>·&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Declared newly elected committee chairs as members of the executive committee of the Church Council beginning Sept. 1, 2017.</p><p>·&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Approved changes to governing documents for 1517 Media and the Deaconess Community of the ELCA.</p><p>·&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Elected members to the governing bodies of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Luther Seminary, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (to be subsequently known as United Lutheran Seminary), Mosaic Inc., Portico Benefit Services, Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA, Publishing House of the ELCA (1517 Media), and Committee on Appeals.</p><p>·&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Received reports from the church's secretary, treasurer, and executive for administration, and the ELCA Conference of Bishops.&#160;<br><br>&#160;<br>- - -<br><br><strong>About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America</strong>&#58;<br> The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of &quot;God's work. Our hands,&quot; the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.<br><br>For information contact&#58;<br> Candice Hill Buchbinder<br> 773-380-2877<br> Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br> &#160;<br><br>&#160;</p><p>​</p></div>04/11/2017