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Albert Pero Jr., first African American professor at a U.S. Lutheran seminary, dies


The Rev. Dr. Albert “Pete” Pero Jr., professor emeritus of systematic theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) died Nov. 18 in Chicago. He was 79. LSTC is one of eight seminaries of the ELCA.

ELCA to hold its first Grace Gathering


The ELCA is hosting its first Grace Gathering, an event to help prepare Lutherans for the observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It will be held in partnership with the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans.

ELCA, local partners break ground on Lutheran center, clinic in South Sudan


​As part of ongoing work to bring peace and reconciliation in South Sudan, the ELCA and local partners broke ground on a new Lutheran center and clinic in the nation's capital, Juba, earlier this month.               

ELCA celebrates 45 years of ordaining women


​On the 45th anniversary of the ordination of Lutheran women in the United States, "I give thanks for my sisters who were the first women pastors," said the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA. "I give thanks for all women in ministry. We are doing what Mary, the mother of our Lord, and Mary Magdalene did before us – proclaiming the gospel."

ELCA presiding bishop encourages the support of refugee resettlement


In response to the terrorism around the world and people displaced from their homes and seeking refuge, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton issued a statement Nov. 18 to the 3.7 million member church.

ELCA Church Council adopts message on gender-based violence


The ELCA Church Council adopted a social message on gender-based violence and adopted an accompanying foundational document designed for in-depth study and analysis when it met here Nov. 12-15. The council, which serves as the ELCA's board of directors, also took action on a variety of matters designed to help move forward the church's mission and ministries.


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