Martin Luther was eight years old when Christopher Columbus set sail from Europe and landed in the Western Hemisphere. Luther was a young monk and priest when Michaelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel in Rome...
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The ELCA Conference of Bishops' Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Liaison Committee and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Committee commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by signing a joint statement during a Lutheran-Catholic service of Common Prayer.
Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-Five Theses” in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517, and the resulting debate about Christian teaching and practice led to changes that have shaped the course of Western Christianity for almost 500 years.
ELCA disburses $1 million for Philippines typhoon relief
11/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) provided $1 million to support immediate relief efforts for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines Nov. 8. The funds were disbursed through Lutheran Disaster Response to Lutheran World Relief. “We are showing up,” said the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop. “Lutheran Disaster Response, working through Lutheran World Relief, is meeting the immediate needs of people affected by this storm. This means that our entire church is on the ground in the Philippines, and we will stay there until the work is done. We are a church that does God’s work with our hands,” she said. The relief funds will provide for the distribution of cooking utensils, shelter repair kits and debris removal. “Lutheran World Relief is a tried and true partner,” said Carl Stecker, ELCA director for global diakonia. “Their long presence in the Philippines and their experience in disaster response, recovery and development provide strong reason to have confidence that our $1 million commitment will be used to meet the immediate and longer term recovery needs in some of the hardest-hit areas. We know that they are results- oriented and will provide systematic and timely reports of their activities. We are proud to partner with them,” he said. According to the United Nations, at least 9 million people are affected and more than 600,000 are displaced from their homes as a result of the storm. Widespread destruction has complicated relief efforts, leaving thousands stranded in at least eight regions of the country. Lutheran Disaster Response International will also provide assistance through the Lutheran Church in the Philippines, an ELCA companion. The response will be coordinated with The Lutheran World Federation. Financial gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response will be used 100 percent to support relief efforts for all survivors impacted by the typhoon. Information about Lutheran Disaster Response is available at www.ELCA.org/typhoon. Lutheran World Relief is an independent Lutheran agency that works with community-based partners. --- About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of “God's work. Our hands,” the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer, Martin Luther.
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