August 2, 2016

Bishop Eaton: A Proclivity For Paradox

Bishop Eaton Wow, Lutherans love paradox! Law and gospel. Saint and sinner. Free and bound. David Swartling, former ELCA secretary, often noted that we are a “both and church” in an “either or world.” This proclivity for paradox, or at least the recognition that this is part of the Lutheran tradition, was often cited as a strength...

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July 20, 2016

Bishop Eaton Issues Statement On Police Shootings

ELCAStacked CHICAGO (July 20, 2016) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has released a statement in response to the shootings in Baton Rouge, La., and Dallas that killed eight police officers. Eaton’s statement follows: My soul is bereft of peace: I have forgotten what happiness is. (Lamentations 3:17) Too...

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July 20, 2016

Coming Up At Churchwide Assembly

gg-freed-and-renewed.ashx Fifty percent of the delegation of clergy, lay people, young adults and youth representing our Synod at the Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans next month will be persons of color. The Assembly meets August 8-13 under the theme “Freed and Renewed in Christ: 500 Years of God’s Grace in Action.” You can follow the Assembly with live video...

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July 1, 2016

What It Means To Be Lutheran

ELCAStacked In the spotlight. In her July column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton notes that the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 may have the media knocking on our doors, asking us to explain ourselves. What will we say? She reminds us that our understanding of the gospel is what makes us distinctive. Download...

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June 29, 2016

Publishing House Takes New Name

1517Media Augsburg Fortress, the publishing house of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has adopted a new name: 1517 Media. Beth A. Lewis, president and CEO of 1517 Media, said the new “doing business as” identity “expresses our rootedness in the Lutheran reforming movement – ignited by events in the year 1517 – and the...

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June 9, 2016

Becoming A Place For All

SMALL-elca-emblem-150px With increasing diversity in our culture and growing mobility of people across and into the U.S., how can we as ELCA congregations become places that affirm the God-given dignity and personhood of everyone? What will it take? What’s our role? What’s working? Watch Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Pastor Ruben Duran, Mikka McCracken and Pastor Matt...

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June 9, 2016

Advocacy Alert: Childhood Hunger

ELCA Advocacy The U.S. House of Representatives could vote soon on a bill that would roll back years of positive steps toward eliminating childhood hunger in the U.S. The ELCA is committed to fighting childhood hunger and advocates for strong renewal of child nutrition programs. This bill would jeopardize access to school meals for thousands of students....

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April 11, 2016

Bishops Exploring ELCA’s Future

ELCAStacked (ELCA) – The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is discerning the denomination’s future directions and priorities in a new process known as “Called Forward Together in Christ.” ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton is leading “Called Forward Together in Christ,” endorsed by the ELCA Church Council and in collaboration with...

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July 1, 2015

Presiding Bishop on Supreme Court Marriage Decision

Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), offered a pastoral letter June 30 to the 3.8 million members of the denomination in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples may now exercise the right to marry. The full text of the statement follows: Dear...

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June 25, 2015

A Day of Repentance and Mourning

ELCA Service of Repentance and Mourning “As we mourn and remember” the six Christian martyrs murdered at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston last week, “it is also a time to repent of the sin of racism that continues to plague our nation and our church,” Bishop Burkat wrote in a pastoral message June 25. She joined Presiding Bishop Eaton’s call...

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May 12, 2015

Bouman Shares ELCA Story

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 1.22.25 PM “When I was a young boy, I once went fishing with my grandfather in northern Wisconsin,” began the Rev. Dr. Stephen Bouman, and at one point his grandfather simply said, “‘the only death to be afraid of is already behind you in baptism’…and then he went back to fishing.” With that reflection Bouman, executive director...

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April 29, 2015

Worship: The hub of our week

ELCAStacked In her May column for The Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton reminds us that worship is at the heart of all we do. Despite competition, it should be the “space of our regrouping.” Read her column at www.thelutheran.org/article/article.cfm?article_id=12544.

November 21, 2014

Bishops Offer Advent Devotions

AdventCandlesELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton and the leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and The Episcopal Church have developed a series of devotions for this Advent season. You are welcome and encouraged to use these devotions individually and in your congregation. For the past five years, the presiding bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran...

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October 27, 2014

Spruce Up Our Spiritual House

Official Documents “Spiritual practices aren’t magic or a kumbaya fad. They have been part of the Christian tradition for millennia,” Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton writes in her November Lutheran column. “Unfortunately, we’ve lost this part of our tradition. We’ve become religious, not spiritual. There is strong evidence that tending the spiritual life is what millennials are...

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July 18, 2014

Bishop Eaton on Gaza Offensive

SMALL-elca-emblem-150px Shortly after Israel launched its ground offensive in Gaza, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton was in contact with Presiding Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, who asks for our prayers. Bishop Eaton requests that we distribute this letter that she wrote to Bishop Younan. Bishop Eaton asks that congregations:...

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