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Connecting St. Luke's to People Worldwide: ELCA Global Missions

by Matthew Bishop St. Luke’s is connected to people across the country and around the world through ELCA Global Missions. Every ELCA congregation participates in the work of ELCA Global Missions; it just so happens that St. Luke’s has its own personal connection . . . I work in ELCA Global Mission’s Diakonia team.  We

Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Where Scripture and Faith Inform Our Daily Practices

by Kate Fritz As the new academic year begins, St. Luke’s will help welcome recent graduates participating in Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) here in Chicago. It will be an important moment for those volunteers, and an important moment for St. Luke’s! During my participation in LVC in 2008, I served as a volunteer coordinator with

IAM at St. Luke's: Making the Chicago-South Africa Connection

by Joe Scarry. On Tuesday, June 5, members of St. Luke’s, together with representatives of the Chicago Consultation, Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches, Gay Liberation Network (GLN) Chicago, and other friends met at  St. Luke’s with Judith Kotzé and Ingrid Schoonraad from Inclusive and Affirming Ministries (IAM) in South Africa [LINK: ]. IAM advocates

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,