ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has issued a Labor Day message on the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic “has revealed the heroics and faithfulness of the many we now know to be essential workers.”

“While all workers are essential, especially during this pandemic, we give special thanks on this Labor Day for those workers who, despite challenges and dangers to their health, plant and harvest and deliver our food, keep store shelves stocked with essentials, nurture and teach our children, and care for the sick,” the statement read, in part.

“As you take time to observe this year’s Labor Day, may you find time to rest and renew yourselves for the work ahead. As is stated in this church’s economic life social statement: ‘Our vocation is to seek what is good for people and the rest of creation in ways that glorify God and anticipate God’s promised future.'”

Read the full message.

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