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...
Assignment completes candidacy for all people, including those ordained in another Lutheran church or Christian tradition, moving them toward first call and admittance to the appropriate roster in the ELCA...
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.
We support the work and ministries of our chaplains serving people of all ages who serve in the U.S. military and other federal agencies and institutions through the Bureau for Federal Chaplaincy Ministries of the ELCA. Its work includes the recruitment, support, coordination and continuing education of men and women serving in federal chaplaincies around the world in some of the most challenging contexts and conditions.
More specifically, the Bureau for Federal Chaplaincy Ministries provides:
Continuing education and spiritual nurture for chaplaincies
Liaison between federal agencies and the ELCA
Recruitment of chaplains (administrative assistance)
Ongoing communication with chaplains
Deepening and strengthening of ties between chaplains and the ELCA
Active participation within the interfaith chaplain community
Materials to support chaplaincy ministries as they work with military personnel, families and their home congregations and communities
Please contact us if you have questions about the work of federal chaplains, the process for becoming a chaplain, or what support and resources are available to pastors who serve in this special ministry.
We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person--questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.