calendar July 8, 2016 in ELCA

Bishop Eaton Responds To Shootings

CHICAGO (ELCA) – In a July 7 video message responding to the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile in suburban St. Paul, Minn., the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), urged members to “be present in our communities.”

“We are killing ourselves, and until we in the white community feel that the death of a person of color is our death too, it’s not going to change,” said Eaton.

Eaton’s message is available at

On Friday, July 8, at 11:30 a.m. (CDT) the ELCA will be live streaming a service of prayer and lament from the offices of the churchwide organization over the loss of lives due to gun violence and racism. Watch live and join us in prayer at A recording of the worship service will be available for those who are unable to view it live.