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Wesley Haugen, former bishop of ELCA Eastern North Dakota Synod, dies


​The Rev. Wesley Haugen, former bishop of the ELCA Eastern North Dakota Synod, died Sept. 6 in Moorhead, Minn. He was 84.

ELCA works with partners to aid refugees entering Europe


As Europe continues to absorb hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East this summer, the ELCA is working with Lutheran companion churches and partners in Europe to assist people seeking refuge now and to meet their future needs.

ELCA remains in 'prayerful solidarity' with refugees, migrants


The ELCA presiding bishop is calling on the 3.8 million-member denomination to remain in "prayerful solidarity" as refugees and migrants from the Middle East in record numbers are fleeing war and poverty and seeking refuge in Europe.

ELCA supports flood recovery in Europe's Balkan Peninsula


​The ELCA has participated in flood-recovery efforts for more than a year in Europe's Balkan Peninsula, providing humanitarian assistance to families, farmers and others.

New Renewing Congregations grants support revitalization of ELCA congregations


​Congregations and synods of the ELCA seeking to revitalize their ministries are receiving additional support through a new grant program made possible by gifts to the ELCA’s Renewing Congregations priority of Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA.

ELCA members observe 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina


​On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of the United States, killing 1,833 people and displacing hundreds of thousands in the Gulf region. In response to the powerful storm, members of the ELCA contributed more than $27 million to Lutheran Disaster Response to help support the recovery efforts and provided thousands of volunteer hours to help rebuild and restore communities along the Gulf Coast.


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