ELCA Newshttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/Lutheran publisher adopts new name http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7840http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7840<div class="ExternalClassC034EAFE1DDE4A208C071FF1D7527E83"><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;</font></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">CHICAGO </font><font color="#000000">– Augsburg Fortress, the publishing house of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has adopted a new name&#58; 1517 Media.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </font></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">Beth A. Lewis, president and CEO of 1517 Media, said the new </font></span><span lang="DE" style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">“</font></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">doing business as” identity </font></span><span lang="DE" style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">“</font></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">expresses our rootedness in the Lutheran reforming movement – ignited by events in the year 1517 – and the gifts this tradition continues to offer to the whole church, society and the individual.” The Protestant Reformation sparked by Martin Luther began in 1517.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </font></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">1517 Media creates resources that communicate the gospel, enhance the faith and enrich the life of the Christian church and the communities it serves. The publishing house designs and develops innovative resources for congregations, higher education and the home – delivered in a wide range of media, including print and digital formats, videos, apps and online subscription services.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </font></span><span lang="DE" style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">“</font></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">When I first heard the new name for the ELCA’s publishing ministry, I smiled at the old and the new, the past, present and future all rolled into one,” said the Rev. Gerald L. Mansholt, bishop of the ELCA East-Central Synod of Wisconsin and ELCA Conference of Bishops liaison to the 1517 Media board of trustees. </font></span><span lang="DE" style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">“</font></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">1517 Media connects us to our Reformation history and conveys the vision needed as together we communicate God’s liberating grace for the sake of the world.”<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </font></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">1517 Media has three publishing units&#58;</font></span></p><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt 0.5in;text-indent&#58;-0.5in;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">&#160;&#160;&#160; •&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </font></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">Augsburg Fortress, which serves Lutheran congregations in North America with resources to support worship, faith formation and the congregation’s life.</font></span></p><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt 0.5in;text-indent&#58;-0.5in;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">&#160;&#160;&#160; •&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </font></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">Fortress Press, which supports students and teachers across </font></span><span><span style="color&#58;windowtext;font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;">the</span></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000"> ecumenical and interreligious landscape with resources for the classroom and for individual study.</font></span></p><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt 0.5in;text-indent&#58;-0.5in;"><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">&#160;&#160;&#160; •&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </font></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">Sparkhouse, which creates Christian faith formation resources for children and youth in congregations. Resources for the home are created through Sparkhouse Family.</font></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial unicode ms&quot;,sans-serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><br> <font color="#000000"></font><br> </span></p><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span lang="DE" style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; “</font></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">For 200 years our publishing predecessors in North America have carried on a Lutheran reforming perspective under a variety of imprints, along the way reaching ever-wider audiences,” said Lewis. </font></span><span lang="DE" style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">“</font></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">And even as the reformers embraced the emerging media of their day, we will embrace a wide array of media to meet the needs and support the ministries of the diverse audiences we serve. We think 1517 Media captures both our rootedness and the innovative, forward-looking commitment of the organization.”<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </font></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">More information is available at </font></span><a href="http&#58;//1517.media/"><span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0462c1">http&#58;//1517.media</font></span></span></span></a><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">.​</font></span></p><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><span lang="DE" style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">- - -</font></span></p><p style="margin&#58;0in 0in 0pt;"><strong><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America</font></span></strong><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">&#58;</font></span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;arial unicode ms&quot;,sans-serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><br> </span><span style="font-family&#58;&quot;times&quot;,serif;font-size&#58;12pt;"><font color="#000000">The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of &quot;God's work. Our hands,&quot; 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.</font></span></p><p>​</p></div>06/29/2016Lutherans represented at historic Orthodox Church council meetinghttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7839http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7839<div class="ExternalClassDE2DF9EA486541B4BC2C8FD2119B8A2E"><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; CHICAGO<em> </em>– The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) joined Christians from around the world in offering prayers as the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Christian Church convened on the island of Crete June 20-25. It was attended by 220 Orthodox bishops and archbishops, as well as 70 official advisers. According to the council's website (orthodoxcouncil.org), the last time such a council was convened was 1200 years ago – predating the Reformation by 700 years.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; The Rev. Donald McCoid, former assistant to the ELCA presiding bishop and executive for ecumenical and inter-religious relations, was invited to represent The Lutheran World Federation at the meeting. McCoid, who served as co-chair of the U.S. Lutheran-Orthodox dialogue and the Lutheran World Federation-Orthodox dialogue from 1995 to 2012, described the opening session which convened on the Monday of Pentecost&#58;<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;When the opening session began with the patriarchs, metropolitans and other official&#160; representatives invoking the Holy Spirit with the Pentecost chant, I was deeply moved,&quot; said McCoid. &quot;After so many years of planning and an uncertainty about when a council might happen, it was finally here. The strong image of the Orthodox Church in council is one that should inspire all Christians. Let us remember Orthodox leaders and members in our prayers so that God's will and way may unfold in all ways.&quot;<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; In his keynote address, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, leader of the worldwide Orthodox Christian Church, stressed the importance of unity among the 14 churches that comprise the Orthodox Christian Church. Ten of the 14 churches attended the council meeting.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;The voice of the Comforter calls all to unity and calls us to turn our attention and widen our heart toward all people, lovingly embracing the vital problems that concern them, preaching the good news of peace and love to those near and afar,&quot; said Bartholomew.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; In addition to McCoid, ecumenical observers included representatives from the Anglican church, the Vatican, the Middle East Council of Churches, the Orthodox Coptic church and the Oriental Orthodox church.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Addressing these guests in his keynote speech Bartholomew said, &quot;We have journeyed together in theological dialogue and ecumenical cooperation in our willingness to respond to the theological divisions of the past and the global challenges of our time.&quot;<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;The occurrence of the Orthodox Council is itself remarkable,&quot; said Kathryn M. Lohre, assistant to the ELCA presiding bishop and executive for ecumenical and inter-religious relations. &quot;And the opportunity for the Rev. McCoid to be present was a precious gift for deepening our understanding as Lutherans in relationship to the Orthodox and our partnership together. The unity of Christ's church, wherever it is sought, is of life-giving importance to us all.&quot;<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; During the meeting, the council affirmed dialogue with other Christians but indicated there would not be any compromise in doctrine.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; A statement released at the conclusion of the council reads, &quot;Our church attaches great importance to dialogue, primarily with non-Orthodox Christians. In this way the remainder of the Christian world comes to know more precisely the authenticity of the Orthodox tradition, the value of patristic teaching and the liturgical life and faith of the Orthodox. Dialogues conducted by the Orthodox Church never imply a compromise in matters of faith.&quot;<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; The council adopted joint declarations on Orthodox mission, diaspora affairs, church autonomy, fasting and ties with other Christian churches, and a document on marriage, which states that heterosexual unions are &quot;an indispensable condition for marriage,&quot; and which barred church members from &quot;same-sex unions or any other form of cohabitation.&quot;<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; The council also made a commitment to the unity of the church, according to the principles of conciliarity, or the highest form of church administration and decision-making.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;In a time of rapidly changing religious landscapes, Christians around the world are seeking to understand and explore what conciliar life looks like and how it functions,&quot; said Lohre. &quot;This Holy and Great Council has provided a glimpse for all of us into those important questions.&quot;<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; In addition to the commitment to the unity of the church, the council lifted up commitments toward inter-religious dialogue, human rights and religious freedom.<br></p><p>- - -</p><p><strong>About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America</strong>&#58;<br> The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of &quot;God's work. Our hands,&quot; 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.<br> <br></p><p>For information contact&#58;<br> Candice Hill Buchbinder<br> 773-380-2877 or Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br> <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/news"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">ELCA.org/news</span></a><br> Facebook&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.facebook.com/Lutherans"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">facebook.com/Lutherans</span></a><br> Living Lutheran&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.livinglutheran.com/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">livinglutheran.org</span></a></p><p>​</p></div>06/28/2016Barbara Collins elected bishop of Upper Susquehanna Synodhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7838http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7838<div class="ExternalClass7C768C14F25E49309B54A18CEC72BF68"><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; CHICAGO<em> </em>– The Rev. Barbara Jeanne Collins, Selinsgrove, Pa., was elected June 18 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Upper Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly June 17-18 at Weber Chapel at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Collins was elected on the fifth ballot with 133 votes to 122 votes for the Rev. William S. Henderson, pastor of Christ's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lewisburg, Pa.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;I'm humbled by and in awe of being given this responsibility by our Synod Assembly voting members. The Holy Spirit is definitely doing something new here,&quot; said Collins. &quot;This confirms the growing sense for mission across our synod. We're talking about renewal and about building relationships.&#160;We're talking about how we are blessed by God's abundance – empowering us to be generous in our living. I am impassioned to be able to help engage others in this vision to be the church, to be the change, and to be in the midst of our communities where God is calling us to be.&quot;<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Collins has served as assistant to the bishop and director for evangelical mission of the Upper Susquehanna Synod since 2013. She was pastor of a two-point parish serving at St. John Lutheran Church in Potts Grove, Pa., and Follmer Lutheran Church in Milton, Pa., from 2002 to 2012.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;The bishop-elect&#160;earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in Bloomsburg in 1997 and a Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 2001. Gettysburg is one of the ELCA's eight seminaries.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; The Rev. Robert L. Driesen, current bishop of the Upper Susquehanna Synod, has served as bishop since 2007 and will retire Aug. 31.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Collins will be installed as bishop Saturday Oct. 29, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sunbury, Pa.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Information about the Upper Susquehanna Synod is available at <a href="http&#58;//www.uss-elca.org/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">uss-ELCA.org</span></a>.</p><p>- - -</p><p><strong>About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America</strong>&#58;<br> The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of &quot;God's work. Our hands,&quot; 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.<br></p><p>For information contact&#58;<br> Candice Hill Buchbinder<br> 773-380-2877 or Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br> <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/news"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">ELCA.org/news</span></a><br> Facebook&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.facebook.com/Lutherans"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">facebook.com/Lutherans</span></a><br> Living Lutheran&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.livinglutheran.org/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">livinglutheran.org</span></a></p><p>&#160;</p><p>​</p></div>06/23/2016Jeffrey Clements elected bishop of Northern Illinois Synodhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7837http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7837<div class="ExternalClassB4EBB2A7C7A74BA0862BC88A2C89AA51"><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; CHICAGO&#160;– The Rev. H. Jeffrey Clements, Rockford, was elected June 18 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Northern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly June 16-18 at Centennial Hall at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Clements was elected on the fifth ballot with 278 votes to 181 votes for the Rev. Stacie R. Fidlar, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Rock Island.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;I have never yet served a call in this church that I would have anticipated or sought. Yet, each time the Holy Spirit has spoken through the church, I have been challenged and happy,&quot; said Clements. &quot;The same is true today. I am honored and humbled to receive this call and will gladly serve the Northern Illinois Synod in a time of great transition in the church.&quot;<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Clements has served as assistant to the bishop of the Northern Illinois Synod since 2002. He was pastor of First Lutheran Church in Prophetstown, Ill., from 1990 to 2002.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Clements earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1977 and a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 1983. Luther is one of the ELCA's eight seminaries.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; The Rev. Gary M. Wollersheim, current bishop of the Northern Illinois Synod, has served three six-year terms and will retire Aug. 31.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Clements will be installed as bishop Saturday, Sept. 24, at First Lutheran Church in Rockford.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;Information about the Northern Illinois Synod is available at <a href="http&#58;//www.nisynod.org/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">nisynod.org</span></a>.</p><p>- - -</p><p><strong>About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America</strong>&#58;<br> The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of &quot;God's work. Our hands,&quot; 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.<br> <br></p><p>For information contact&#58;<br> Candice Hill Buchbinder<br> 773-380-2877 or Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br> <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/news"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.ELCA.org/news</span></a><br> Facebook&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.facebook.com/Lutherans"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.facebook.com/Lutherans</span></a><br> Living Lutheran&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.livinglutheran.com/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.livinglutheran.com</span></a></p><p>&#160;</p><p>​</p></div>06/22/2016William Gafkjen re-elected bishop of ELCA Indiana-Kentucky Synodhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7836http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7836<div class="ExternalClassE544CC813E0846B1B44F0C723A1F74FA"><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; CHICAGO – The Rev. William O. Gafkjen, Indianapolis, was re-elected June 9 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the synod assembly June 9-11 at the Century Center in South Bend, Ind.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Gafkjen was re-elected on the first ballot with 290 votes. A total of 270 votes were needed for election.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;I am grateful for and humbled by the strong affirmation and call from the people of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod to serve another six years as their bishop,&quot; Gafkjen said. &quot;This is also affirmation of the work of the rest of the synod staff, synod council and other synod leaders as we have worked together with congregations and their leaders over the last six years to see where God is doing new things and, together, to get on board with them.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;As our synod assembly theme put it, we are Spirit filled, Spirit sent people. I look forward to being a part of the surprising and transforming work of the Spirit in and through God's people across this territory in the years ahead.&quot;<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Gafkjen has served as bishop of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod in Indianapolis since 2010. He was an assistant to the bishop of the synod from 2002 to 2010.<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Gafkjen earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., in 1979 and a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 1985. He received a Doctor of Ministry, Gospel and Culture from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. St. Olaf is one of 26 ELCA colleges and universities. Luther is one of the ELCA's eight seminaries. Columbia is one of 10 seminaries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Information about the Indiana-Kentucky Synod is available at <a href="http&#58;//www.iksynod.org/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">www.iksynod.org/</span></a>.</p><p>- - -</p><p><strong>About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America</strong>&#58;<br> The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of &quot;God's work. Our hands,&quot; 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.<br></p><p>**Nathan Gafkjen is an intern for the Strategic Communications team of the ELCA. He is a 2016 graduate of Valparaiso (Ind.) University, with a Bachelor of Arts in theology and ministry and a minor in communications.<br></p><p>For information contact&#58;<br> Candice Hill Buchbinder<br> 773-380-2877 or Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br> <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/news"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.ELCA.org/news</span></a><br> Facebook&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.facebook.com/Lutherans"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.facebook.com/Lutherans</span></a><br> Living Lutheran&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.livinglutheran.com/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.livinglutheran.com</span></a></p><p>​</p></div>06/14/2016Paul Erickson elected bishop of ELCA Greater Milwaukee Synodhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/7835http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7835<div class="ExternalClass8F11CBB4F07B406EAC7C2418FDC506F0"><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; CHICAGO (ELCA) – The Rev. Paul D. Erickson, West St. Paul, Minn., was elected June 4 to a six-year term as bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the synod assembly June 2-4 at the Tarble Arena at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis.</p><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Erickson was elected on the fifth ballot with 190 votes to 165 votes for the Rev. Lisa Bates-Froiland, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.</p><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;I'm excited and hopeful about our future as we continue the work of establishing vibrant faith communities committed to working with God in the establishment of a more just, peaceful and compassionate world,&quot; Erickson said. &quot;The ELCA Greater Milwaukee Synod has a strong history of creative and faithful ministry, and I look forward to finding out what God has in store for us all as this next chapter unfolds.&quot;</p><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Since 2014 Erickson has served as director of Agora in St. Paul, Minn., a ministry that helps develop lay leaders for immigrant and multicultural congregations in Minnesota and South Dakota. He was assistant to the bishop for evangelical mission in the Saint Paul Area Synod from 2008 to 2014.</p><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; The bishop-elect earned a Bachelor of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., in 1983 and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1989. Erickson earned a Doctor of Ministry in congregation mission and leadership from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 2012. Adolphus Gustavus is one of 26 ELCA colleges and universities. The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Luther are two of eight ELCA seminaries.</p><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; The Rev. Jeff Barrow, current bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod, has served one six-year term and will retire this summer.</p><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Erickson will be installed as bishop Saturday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. at St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa, Wis.</p><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Information about the Greater Milwaukee Synod is available at <a href="http&#58;//milwaukeesynod.org/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">milwaukeesynod.org/</span></a></p><p>- - -</p><p><strong>About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America</strong>&#58;<br> The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of &quot;God's work. Our hands,&quot; 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.</p><p>**Nathan Gafkjen is an Intern for the Strategic Communications team of the ELCA. He is a 2016 graduate of Valparaiso (Ind.) University, with a Bachelor of Arts in theology and ministry and a minor in communications.<br></p><p>For information contact&#58;<br> Candice Hill Buchbinder<br> 773-380-2877 or Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org<br> <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/news"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.ELCA.org/news</span></a><br> Facebook&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.facebook.com/Lutherans"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.facebook.com/Lutherans</span></a><br> Living Lutheran&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.livinglutheran.com/"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.livinglutheran.com</span></a></p><p>&#160;</p><p>​&#160;</p><p>​</p></div>06/14/2016