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    • North American Church Leaders Call for Peace in Holy Land in Advent Prayer Resource November 29, 2023
      ​CHICAGO — The leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and The Episcopal Church (TEC) have released the Churches Beyond Borders 2023 Advent Cycle of Prayer.The prayer resource calls for justice and peace, especially for churches impacted by the war in […]
    • North American and Holy Land Heads of Churches Meet in Solidarity, Prayer November 17, 2023
      ​On Nov. 16, the North American heads of Churches Beyond Borders met online with their Lutheran and Episcopal counterparts in the Holy Land for a time of solidarity and prayer.The six participating heads of churches included Archbishop Hosam Naoum of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, Bishop Doctor Sani Ibrahim Azar of […]
    • ELCA Church Council appoints the Rev. Michael Burk as Presiding Bishop Pro Tempore November 15, 2023
      ​CHICAGO — The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) appointed the Rev. Michael Burk as presiding bishop pro tempore after its Executive Committee approved Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's request for a four- to six-month leave of absence, to begin Nov. 17. The council, which serves as the ELCA churchwide organization's board […]
    • Announcement November 9, 2023
      ​November 9, 2023The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Church Council Executive Committee approved Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's request for a 4-to-6-month leave of absence. Her leave starts Nov. 17, 2023.The Church Council appointed former bishop of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, the Rev. Michael Burk, as Presiding Bishop Pro Tem to care for the responsibilities of […]
    • A Statement from Bishop Eaton on the Conflict in the Holy Land October 26, 2023
      ​Dear church,The ELCA's commitments call on us to denounce unequivocally any attacks — past, present or future — by any party that lead to civilians becoming victims. Our hearts are with all those who have been killed or injured, and with their families and friends.With an anticipated ground invasion, the most urgent need is for […]
    • ELCA presiding bishop issues statement on Israel-Hamas war October 13, 2023
      ​"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?" —Psalm 22:1 Dear church, As Lutherans, we are accustomed to holding tension between two truths. Thus the ELCA denounces the egregious acts of Hamas, acts that have led to unspeakable loss of life […]