ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has issued a issued a pastoral message on the current conflict between the United States and Iran. “Our country and Iran need urgently to find ways to resolve our differences through a de-escalation of the current crisis, using diplomacy and other peaceful means,” the message reads, in part.

“Our social statement, ‘For Peace in God’s World,’ offers guidance: We of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America share with the Church of Jesus Christ in all times and places the calling to be peacemakers ….The basis of the Church’s peace-calling is in God’s final peace, the peace of God’s eternal reign. That calling is to proclaim the Gospel of God’s final peace and to work for earthly peace.

Read the full message.

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