Joint call to Prayer, Fasting, & Advocacy

Yesterday, the presiding bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church issued a joint invitation to a season of prayer, fasting and advocacy. The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA and The Most Reverend Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, extended this call out of concern for

Bp. Elizabeth Eaton to be Installed as ELCA Presiding Bishop on October 5th

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton will be installed as presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Saturday, October 5, at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago. The installation is open to the public; tickets are not required. Worship begins at 2:00pm Central; doors open at 1:00pm. A free public reception will follow. Eaton

Marriage Equality Push to Be at Center of Church's Community Festival

This weekend, members of a Lutheran church in Logan Square will be highlighting their ministry to the LGBTQ community and collecting signatures on a banner that they and others from the Logan Square community will be carrying to Springfield on October 22 to demand marriage equality. It puts the marriage equality push at the center

In Preparation for the ELCA's 25th Anniversary in 2013, Conference of Bishops Addresses Interfaith Dialogue, Congregational Life, and More…

The following is a press release distributed by the ELCA following the recent Conference of Bishops held in Chicago last week. As the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2013 under the theme “Always being made new,” ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson said the theme embodies far

ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson Speaks on the Circle of Protection

As the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, said that our church’s commitment to those who live in poverty is “a biblical imperative for which Christ frees us to serve.” The poverty rate fell to 15 percent in 2011, down slightly from 15.1 percent from the year

2012 Vacation Bible School Opportunities

Children who are potty-trained through the 5th grade are invited to participate in a Vacation Bible School program called, “Flawed and Forgiven: Ordinary People/Extraordinary God.” This program will look at Biblical characters and uncover God’s steadfast, trans-formative, and never-ending love.  In addition, this program provides a great opportunity for your children to explore their faith

ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson's Letter to President Barack Obama on Immigration Reform

Dear President Obama: As the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and a member of the Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, I write to lift up the support of our national church body for comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act. We are a church that belongs to Christ,

Hearing the Cries: Faith and Criminal Justice

Over the summer, members of St. Luke’s met for five weeks on Sunday mornings before worship to study the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) proposed social statement on genetics.  In a practical display of what Lutherans call “the priesthood of all believers,” the class was co-taught by Pastor Erik, Scott Shippy and Erika Dornfeld,