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    • Torrison Medical Scholarship awards announced September 13, 2021
      ​CHICAGO (September 13, 2021) – The Dr. George and Emma J. Torrison Scholarship Fund makes scholarships available to students who intend to pursue careers in medicine. An endowment in memory of George and Emma J. Torrison makes these awards possible, with additional support from the Frederick W. Williams Scholarship Endowment. Both endowments are managed by the […]
    • ELCA Executive Committee appoints Carlos Peña as interim vice president August 25, 2021
      ​CHICAGO (August 25, 2021) – The Executive Committee of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Church Council has acted on Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's recommendation to appoint Carlos Peña as the ELCA's interim vice president, effective immediately. Peña previously served as vice president for two terms, having first been elected by the 2003 ELCA […]
    • ELCA mourns death of Vice President Bill Horne August 17, 2021
      ​CHICAGO (August 17, 2021) – William "Bill" Horne II, vice president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), died Aug. 14 of a suspected heart attack. Horne was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Clearwater, Fla. He served as city manager of Clearwater since 2001.  "Bill was a man of absolute integrity […]
    • Presiding Bishop issues response to DACA ruling July 30, 2021
      "I was a stranger and you welcomed me" (Matthew 25:35).Dear church, Jesus taught us that when we welcome the stranger as a person made in God's image, we also welcome God. Our lives, ministries and congregations have been blessed by many immigrants and refugees over the years — from many of our ancestors to those […]
    • Presiding Bishop issues pastoral message on Fulton v. City of Philadelphia June 18, 2021
      ​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 particular response to the June 17 Supreme Court ruling on Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the ELCA stands with our LGBTQIA+ siblings in Christ and reaffirms our commitment to equal protection, […]
    • Dee Pederson elected bishop of ELCA Southwestern Minnesota Synod June 17, 2021
      ​CHICAGO — The Rev. Dee ("Diane") Pederson, St. Cloud, Minn., was elected June 12 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly.Pederson was elected on the fifth ballot, with 205 votes. The Rev. Bryant C. […]

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    • Judges 6:1-10 September 16, 2021
      1The Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD gave them into the hand of Midian seven years. 2The hand of Midian prevailed over Israel; and because of Midian the Israelites provided for themselves hiding places in the mountains, caves and strongholds. 3For whenever the Israelites put in seed, […]
    • John 7:25-36 September 15, 2021
      25Now some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, "Is not this the man whom they are trying to kill? 26And here he is, speaking openly, but they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Messiah? 27Yet we know where this man is from; but when […]
    • Numbers 21:4b-9 September 14, 2021
      ​Holy Cross Day4From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. 5The people spoke against God and against Moses, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is […]
    • Romans 3:9-20 September 13, 2021
      9What then? Are we any better off? No, not at all; for we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under the power of sin, 10as it is written: "There is no one who is righteous, not even one; 11there is no one who has understanding, there is no one who seeks […]
    • James 3:1-12 September 12, 2021
      ​Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost1Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. 3If […]
    • Matthew 21:23-32 September 11, 2021
      23When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" 24Jesus said to them, "I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then […]

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    • Judges 6:1-10 September 16, 2021
      ​5For they and their livestock would come up, and they would even bring their tents, as thick as locusts; neither they nor their camels could be counted; so they wasted the land as they came in. 6Thus Israel was greatly impoverished because of Midian; and the Israelites cried out to the LORD for help.
    • John 7:25-36 September 15, 2021
      ​28Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, "You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know him. 29I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me."
    • Numbers 21:4b-9 September 14, 2021
      ​So Moses prayed for the people. 8And the LORD said to Moses, "Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live." 9So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would […]
    • Romans 3:9-20 September 13, 2021
      ​9What then? Are we any better off? No, not at all; for we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under the power of sin, 10as it is written: "There is no one who is righteous, not even one; 11there is no one who has understanding, there is no one who seeks […]
    • James 3:1-12 September 12, 2021
      ​1Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle.
    • Matthew 21:23-32 September 11, 2021
      ​Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, […]