ELCA Newshttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/ELCA launches resource to address gun violence http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7991http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7991<div class="ExternalClass9E4205BBAF944B9787B6876218572479"><p>​CHICAGO – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) introduces <em>&quot;A 60-Day Journey Toward Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence,&quot;</em> a new resource that invites readers to face the painful truth of gun violence and to work for its prevention as people of God who strive for justice and peace.</p><p>The new resource features daily observances of prayer, Scripture, church teachings and advocacy toward gun violence prevention. The readings—designed for use in individual reflection, group Bible study, adult education sessions or congregational daily devotions—begin June 16 but may be used at any time.</p><p>&quot;The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is saddened by the all-too-frequent occurrences of gun violence in the U.S.,&quot; the resource introduction reads. &quot;We mourn the loss of life. We grieve for the victims and their families, who often feel silenced. And we lament for those who have done violence to others and often feel removed from a community of faith.&quot;</p><p>&quot;A 60-Day Journey Toward Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence&quot; is available <a href="https&#58;//elca.org/60days">here</a> along with an easy-to-use guide and appendix noting key ELCA documents and actions, and a gun violence litany.</p><p>- - -<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 nearly 3.5 million members in more than 9,100 worshiping communities 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></p><p>For information contact&#58;<br> Candice Hill Buchbinder<br> Public Relations Manager<br> 773-380-2877<br> Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br> <br></p><p><br></p></div>06/13/2019Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt re-elected bishop of the ELCA Southern Ohio Synod http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7990http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7990<div class="ExternalClassF8A6D202751845B290BE945B3BC3F0AF"><p>​CHICAGO – The Rev. Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt was elected June 7 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Southern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly, held June 7-8 at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. </p><p>Dillahunt was elected on the first ballot, with 252 votes. A total of 215 votes were needed for election. </p><p>Prior to becoming bishop, Dillahunt served as assistant to the synod bishop from 1996 to 2013. She served as co-pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Eaton, Ohio, from 1994 to 1996, as associate pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Gahanna, Ohio, from 1990 to 1994, as co-pastor of Faith in Christ Lutheran Church in Springfield, Ohio, from 1988 to 1990, and as pastor of Christ Lutheran in Springfield from 1987 to 1988.</p><p>Dillahunt received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson in 1981 and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, in 1986. Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University is one of seven ELCA seminaries.</p><p>Information about the Southern Ohio Synod is available at <a href="http&#58;//www.southernohiosynod.org/">www.southernohiosynod.org</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 nearly 3.5 million members in more than 9,100 worshiping communities 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><br></p></div>06/13/2019Richard Jaech re-elected bishop of the ELCA Southwestern Washington Synodhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7989http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7989<div class="ExternalClassD04EC291D0DD467BB7CF48B95C82E932"><p>​CHICAGO – The Rev. Richard E. Jaech was elected June 7 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Southwestern Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly, held June 7-8 at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver, Wash.</p><p>Jaech was elected on the first ballot, with 170 votes. A total of 161 votes were needed for election. </p><p>Prior to becoming bishop, Jaech served as pastor of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Vancouver, Wash., from 1987 to 2013. He served as pastor of St. Mary and St. Martha Lutheran Church in San Francisco, Calif., and director of Lutheran Latino Ministries of San Francisco from 1975 to 1986.</p><p>Jaech earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1971, and a Master of Divinity degree from Christ Seminary–Seminex in 1975. </p><p>Information about the ELCA Southwestern Washington Synod is available at <a href="http&#58;//www.lutheranssw.org/">lutheranssw.org</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 nearly 3.5 million members in more than 9,100 worshiping communities 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><br></p></div>06/12/2019 James Dunlop re-elected bishop of the ELCA Lower Susquehanna Synod http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7988http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7988<div class="ExternalClassF32995A347EE4E348762BE581A23A875"><p>​CHICAGO – The Rev. James S. Dunlop was elected June 8 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly, held June 6-8 at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa.</p><p>Dunlop was elected on the fourth ballot, with 319 votes. The Rev. Stephen R. Herr, pastor of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gettysburg, Pa., received 141.</p><p>Prior to becoming bishop, Dunlop served as pastor of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Littlestown, Pa., from 2005 to 2013. &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </p><p>The bishop received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College in 1978 and a Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (now United Lutheran Seminary) in 2005. Gettysburg College is one of 26 ELCA colleges and universities. United is one of seven ELCA seminaries.</p><p>Information about the ELCA Lower Susquehanna Synod is available at <a href="https&#58;//www.lss-elca.org/">lss-elca.org</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 nearly 3.5 million members in more than 9,100 worshiping communities 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><br></p></div>06/12/2019Tracie Bartholomew re-elected bishop of the ELCA New Jersey Synod http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7987http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7987<div class="ExternalClassD2D0845A670149448EBE85C0122328E1"><p>​CHICAGO – The Rev. Tracie L Bartholomew, Lawrenceville, N.J., was elected June 7 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly, held June 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, N.J.</p><p>Bartholomew was elected on the second ballot, with 298 votes. A total of 267 votes were needed for election. She was first elected in 2013. &#160;</p><p>Prior to becoming bishop, Bartholomew served as assistant to the synod bishop from 1998 to 2013. She served as pastor of Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Ewing, N.J., from 1993 to 1998, as pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lexington, Va., from 1991 to 1993, and as associate pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Roanoke, Va., from 1989 to 1991.</p><p>Bartholomew earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., in 1985, and a Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C., in 1989. The seminary is one of seven ELCA seminaries.</p><p>Information about the ELCA New Jersey Synod is available at <a href="http&#58;//www.njsynod.org/">njsynod.org/</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 nearly 3.5 million members in more than 9,100 worshiping communities 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><br></p></div>06/12/2019William Tesch elected bishop of the ELCA Northwestern Minnesota Synod http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7986http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7986<div class="ExternalClass4A06F4380C554A6E9A169F68750212AE"><p>​CHICAGO – The Rev. William T. Tesch, Sioux Falls, S.D., was elected June 9 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly, held June 7-9 at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.</p><p>Tesch was elected on the fifth ballot, with 265 votes. The Rev. Genelle Netland, pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in Bemidji, Minn., received 161.</p><p>The bishop-elect has served as director for evangelical mission with the ELCA South Dakota Synod since 2009. He served as assistant to the synod bishop from 2007 to 2009, as pastor of Messiah New Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, S.D., from 1992 to 2007, and as pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Madison, S.D. from 1989 to 1992.&#160; </p><p>Tesch received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1984 and a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 1989. Luther is one of seven ELCA seminaries.</p><p>Tesch will be installed Sept. 8 in Moorhead. </p><p>The Rev. Lawrence R. Wohlrabe has served as bishop since 2007 and will retire Aug. 31.</p><p>Information about the ELCA Northwestern Minnesota Synod is available at <a href="http&#58;//www.nwmnsynod.org/">nwmnsynod.org/</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 nearly 3.5 million members in more than 9,100 worshiping communities 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> <br><br></p><p><br></p></div>06/12/2019