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A visual tour of ELCA congregations, people and events.


ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarships, part 3

Jan 12, 2015

ELCA Fund for Leaders is an ELCA initiative to build an endowed scholarship resource to provide tuition assistance for qualified candidates studying at ELCA seminaries. Sixteen full-tuition and four partial-tuition scholarships were awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year. In a special four-part series, meet our scholarship recipients!

ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarships part 3

Kwame Pitts is a Mission Developer Scholarship recipient attending the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarships part 3

Joshua Parris is attending the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C.

ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarships part 3

Laurel Midthun is a Mission Developer Scholarship recipient attending Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarships part 3

Emily Kuenker is attending Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarships part 3

Jamie Jordan-Couch is attending Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.

ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarships, part 2

Jan 05, 2015

The ELCA Fund for Leaders is an ELCA initiative to build an endowed scholarship resource to provide tuition assistance for qualified candidates studying at ELCA seminaries. Sixteen full-tuition and four partial-tuition scholarships were awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year. In a special four-part series, meet our scholarship recipients!

FFL scholarships

Branden Hunt is attending Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

FFL scholarships

Benjamin Hogue is attending Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif.

FFL scholarships

Alexandra Hjerpe is attending Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.

FFL scholarships

Lauren Heywood is attending The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

FFL scholarships

Nicole Harvell is attending The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarships, part 1

Dec 30, 2014

The ELCA Fund for Leaders is an initiative to build an endowed scholarship resource to provide tuition assistance for qualified candidates studying at ELCA seminaries. Sixteen full-tuition and four partial-tuition scholarships were awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year. In a special four-part series, meet our scholarship recipients!

Fund for Leaders

Cassandra Chavez is attending Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif.

Fund for Leaders

Justin Ferko is attending Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

Fund for Leaders

Ellen Clough is attending the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C.

Fund for Leaders

Erin Branchaud is attending the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Fund for Leaders

Preston Fields is attending the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

A diversity of holiday festivals

Dec 22, 2014

A variety of multinational festivals and holidays are celebrated around the world, whether within particular religions, cultures or otherwise. December offers a great opportunity for sharing such festivals and holidays including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Las Posadas.

Holiday diversity

Hanukkah began the evening of Dec. 16 and will end the evening of Dec. 24. Since the 1960s, Lutherans have studied the history of Jewish-Christian relations to end misinterpretations of Judaism and identify areas of potential cooperation.

Holiday diversity

The Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Beit Jala and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hope in Ramalleh, two congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, recently held their annual Christmas bazaars featuring handmade items and food.

Holiday diversity

Members of Zion Lutheran Church, an ELCA congregation in Elgin, Ill., re-enact Mary and Joseph's search for shelter in Las Posadas. A 400-year-old Mexican tradition, "Las Posadas" means "the inns," as there was no room in the inn for Mary and Joseph the night Jesus was born.

Holiday diversity

Kwanzaa is celebrated for seven days beginning Dec. 26 and concluding Jan. 1. On each of the seven nights, families gather and a child lights one of the candles on the Kinara (candleholder).

Holiday diversity

Students at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, sing at a Kwanzaa celebration. Luther is one of 26 ELCA colleges and universities. Kwanzaa is an African American holiday that celebrates family, community and culture.

Holiday diversity

A Kwanzaa celebrant fills the Unity cup at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Holy Land Christmas bazaars

Dec 15, 2014

The Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Beit Jala and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hope in Ramalleh, two congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, recently held their annual Christmas bazaars featuring handmade items and food. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, a companion of the ELCA, has about 3,000 members in six congregations throughout Jordan, Palestine and Israel. The church’s work is concentrated in humanitarian ministries, helping to foster interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims and promoting a just peace in the Middle East.

Holy Land Christmas bazaars

Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Beit Jala made kubbeh to sell at the annual Christmas bazaar. Kubbeh is a mixture of ground meat and onions inside a bulghur wheat pastry.

Holy Land Christmas bazaars

A number of emerging artisans showed their wares at the Christmas bazaar at the Lutheran Church of Hope in Ramallah, including the self-taught baker who created these Christmas-themed cupcakes.

Holy Land Christmas bazaars

The choir from the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah sang Christmas carols for the opening night of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hope's annual Christmas bazaar.

Holy Land Christmas bazaars

Women from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Beit Jala embroidered a number of pieces to sell at their Christmas bazaar.  The stitch found on this shawl is unique to the Beit Jala and Bethlehem area of Palestine.

Holy Land Christmas bazaars

Munib Younan, bishop of the Evanglical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and president of The Lutheran World Federation, is led through the Christmas bazaar of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Beit Jala on opening day.

Holy Land Christmas bazaars

Bishop Younan, speaks to students from St. Joseph's School in Ramallah about the products they've brought to the Christmas bazaar at Lutheran Church of Hope.

Holy Land Christmas bazaars

Volunteers for the Christmas bazaar at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Beit Jala pose for a group photo before the opening of the bazaar's first day.

Celebrating baptisms

Dec 08, 2014

“In holy baptism the triune God delivers us from the forces of evil, puts our sinful self to death, gives us new birth, adopts us as children, and makes us members of the body of Christ, the church” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship p. 225). Although a person is baptized once, the gift of baptism continues throughout a Christian’s life. Enjoy these photos of a baptism at Cross Lutheran Church, an ELCA congregation in Milwaukee.

Celebrating baptisms

The Holy Spirit calls and invites us to receive God’s grace. Sponsors present those to be baptized, and we promise our support.

Celebrating baptisms

With the whole church, we confess our faith in the triune God.

Celebrating baptisms

Dying with Christ in baptism, children of God are raised to new life through water and the word.

Celebrating baptisms

Water connected to the word – God’s saving promise in Jesus Christ – is at the center of the baptismal celebration.

Celebrating baptisms

The members and friends of Cross Lutheran Church welcome all people, regardless of ethnic heritage, religious backgrounds, socio-economic status or sexual orientation – in other words, everyone.

Celebrating baptisms

Members and friends of Cross Lutheran Church in Milwaukee operate programs and provide services, many of which have grown and flourished to help the greater Milwaukee area.