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ELCA presiding bishop praises Supreme Court decision on LGBTQIA+ rights - June 24, 2020

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has issued a statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 15 ruling that employment discrimination on the basis of a worker’s sexual orientation or gender identity is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “The court’s decision is an important recognition of equal protection under […]

Thy kingdom come - December 1, 2021

Each September, ELCA congregations are invited to live their faith by serving others on “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. Lutherans across this church gather donations, paint, clean, prepare meals and more. In essence, we’re responding to the gospel call to “prepare the way of the Lord.” Our acts of service flow from faith in the […]

Harvest ground - October 8, 2021

It’s harvest season in various parts of the United States. I’m mindful of a parable Jesus shares about a harvest where the crops were infiltrated by weeds. Jesus compares the kindom of God to a farmer who sows good seed in his field. While everyone is sleeping, the enemy creeps in and sows weeds in […]

“Do you see God in me?” - September 13, 2021

With a global pandemic, a tumultuous election and social justice issues coming to the fore over the past year, many have found themselves engaged in difficult conversations with family, friends, parishioners and even total strangers. These discussions can sometimes be productive, but they can also lead to hurt feelings, misunderstandings and disagreements. “Things have gotten […]

Perspective: Addressing dehumanization - September 9, 2021

“Human beings don’t mind hardship; in fact, they thrive on it. What they mind is not feeling necessary.” ―Sebastian Junger, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging Data shows that suicide and factors increasing the risk of it are one of the most significant health issues in the United States today. Research on suicide reveals the importance […]

Vocation and full personhood - July 16, 2021

Editor’s update: Brenda Bos was installed as bishop of the Southwest California Synod Sept. 12, 2021, at Angelica Lutheran Church in Los Angeles. Many bishops have had interesting and varied career paths to their current calls. But most of those paths don’t travel through Hollywood. Brenda Bos of Glendale, Calif., was elected June 5 to serve […]

Perspective: Have we been keeping Jesus’ greatest commandment? - June 29, 2021

When I was 12 years old, my father came home from a church council meeting a bit disheveled. The church members were torn, he told me, over allowing same-sex marriages in their sanctuary. Many were conflicted, saying that the Bible condemns homosexuality and that we can love our neighbors without encouraging their “sins.” Ten years […]

I’m a Lutheran: Rico Martinez Gonzalez - June 25, 2021

Luther Place Memorial Church, Washington, D.C. Artist and musician, member of N Street Village Ambassadors of Praise, and of Luther Place’s choir and Community Craft Collective ministry My favorite Bible reading is Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd.” My mom, who passed away, loved that psalm. My pastor, Karen Brau, broke it down and […]

Presiding Bishop issues pastoral message on Fulton v. City of Philadelphia - June 21, 2021

Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, has issued the following pastoral message in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the case Fulton v. The City of Philadelphia: “​As children of God, we give thanks for all of the LGBTQIA+ people who experience God’s calling to the holy work of parenting. In […]

Widening the welcome - June 16, 2021

Often dealing with rejection and isolation before the pandemic, many LGBTQIA+ youth have had an even tougher time during COVID-19. In response, Lutheran rostered ministers and others have set up virtual safe spaces for those young people to learn about and embrace the intersections of their sexuality, spirituality and gender identity. Within the ELCA, those […]

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