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ELCA news releases are detailed accounts describing events and ministries of the ELCA

ELCA companions in Asia and Pacific region gather for HIV and AIDS conference


​Recognizing the distinct role faith communities play in helping restore the dignity of those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS, Asian and Pacific companion churches and organizations of the ELCA gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Sept. 21-25 for a conference on HIV and AIDS hosted by ELCA’s Global Mission.

Scholarships awarded to students attending ELCA seminaries


In its commitment to supporting seminary students preparing for ministry, the ELCA – through the ELCA Fund for Leaders – awarded scholarships to students attending the eight seminaries of the ELCA for the 2015-16 academic year.

Lutherans move into next phase of recovery in Nepal


As the monsoon season comes to an end in Nepal, the ELCA will continue to work with partners there to resume earthquake reconstruction efforts and prepare for the winter season.

ELCA bishop joins North American heads of churches for annual meeting


​The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, is gathering with North American Lutheran and Episcopal leaders in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24-25 for the annual heads of church meeting. Joining Eaton are the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and National Bishop Susan Johnson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

ELCA support continues to aid European partners assisting refugees


As ministers of the European Union consider a plan this week for countries to receive and settle refugees streaming in from the Middle East and Africa, the ELCA continues to support the humanitarian efforts of its European companion Lutheran churches and partners, as they assist people seeking refuge now and anticipate their needs for the coming winter.

Lutheran, Episcopal leaders to meet in Washington to address role of faith and politics


​In an effort to deepen relationships and strengthen the intersection of faith and social issues, Lutheran and Episcopal U.S. church leaders will gather in Washington, D.C., Sept. 22-24 for an advocacy convening. As part of this event, leaders will meet with more than 60 congressional offices to advocate for federal funding to protect the environment and to highlight the impact climate change has on people living in poverty.


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