Presiding Bishop Messages and Statements

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ELCA Letter to President Obama

ELCA Letter to President Obama

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Pastoral Letter on Global Climate Change

Pastoral Letter on Global Climate Change

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Pastoral Letter on Iraq

Pastoral Letter on Iraq

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Letter to Bishop Younan

Letter to Bishop Younan

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Joint Statement on EPA's Rules: Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Joint Statement on EPA’s Proposed Rules to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Joint Statement on EPA's Rules: Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions

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A Word on the Overland KS Shooting

A Word on the Overland KS Shooting

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A Message of Solidarity with the Church in South Sudan

A Message of Solidarity with the Church in South Sudan

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Easter Message 2014

Easter Message 2014

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A Call to Peace and Prayer for Ukraine

A call to peace and prayer for Ukraine from the heads of The Anglican Church of Canada, The Episcopal Church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

A Call to Peace and Prayer for Ukraine

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Christmas Message 2013

 

Christmas Message 2013

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2013 Call For Prayer to End Hunger

Advent is a season of hopeful longing. Hope for the coming of the Christ child and longing for the abundant life Christ promised. But we know many in our communities and around the world are hungry.

2013 Call For Prayer to End Hunger

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Federal Minimum Wage Letter To US Senate

Federal Minimum Wage Letter To US Senate

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2012: Message on Racial Justice in the Wake of Trayvon Martin's Death

This is the presiding bishop's letter about racial justice in our society following the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

2012: Message on Racial Justice in the Wake of Trayvon Martin's Death

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2012: Ascension Day Sermon: Southwestern Texas Synod Assembly

This is a sermon given on Ascension Day, explaining its non-commercial status in our culture.

2012: Ascension Day Sermon: Southwestern Texas Synod Assembly

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2012: ReconcilingWorks Keynote Address

This is the keynote address to ReconcilingWorks, the advocacy group for LGBT equality and reconciliation in Christ.

2012: ReconcilingWorks Keynote Address

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2012: 150th Anniversary of Gustavus Adolphus College Keynote Address

This is the presiding bishop's address at Gustavus Adolphus College on the 150th anniversary of the college. Topics include the growth from a sectarian Swedish school to an interfaith, intercultural college and living one's faith in the society.

2012: 150th Anniversary of Gustavus Adolphus College Keynote Address

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2012: Installation of Bishop James Gonia Sermon

This is the installation sermon for Bishop James Gonia delivered by the presiding bishop. He talks about evangelism and the growing Christian community in China.

2012: Installation of Bishop James Gonia Sermon

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2012: Conference of Bishops Sermon

This is a sermon delivered by the presiding bishop at the Conference of Bishops. Topics include the Adam and Eve story, gender roles, the human community and being alone.

2012: Conference of Bishops Sermon

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2012: Church Council Sermon

This is the presiding bishop's sermon to Church Council in the second week of Easter about how nothing can keep us from God's reconciling love.

2012: Church Council Sermon

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2012: Celebration of Ecumenical Ministry Sermon

This is an address delivered by the presiding bishop celebrating our ecumenical relationships with our full-communion and conciliar partners.

2012: Celebration of Ecumenical Ministry Sermon

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2012: Message on the ELCA's 25th Anniversary

This is a short message anticipating the 25th anniversary of the ELCA in 2013.

2012: Message on the ELCA's 25th Anniversary

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2011: Trinity Lutheran Seminary Commencement Address

This is a sermon delivered to the graduating class of Trinity Lutheran Seminary.

2011: Trinity Lutheran Seminary Commencement Address

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2011: Comment on President Obama's Middle East Speech

This is a letter responding to President Obama's speech on the situation in the Middle East.

2011: Comment on President Obama's Middle East Speech

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2011: Statement on the US Veto of the UN Resolution on Israeli Settlements

This is a letter about the US veto of a UN resolution on stopping the expansion of Israeli settlements in Palestine.

2011: Statement on the US Veto of the UN Resolution on Israeli Settlements

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2011: Message on the Death of Osama Bin Laden

This is the presiding bishop's letter responding to the death of Osama bin Laden.

2011: Message on the Death of Osama Bin Laden

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2011: Churchwide Assembly Sermon

This is the sermon delivered by the presiding bishop at the 2011 Churchwide Assembly in Orlando, Fla.

2011: Churchwide Assembly Sermon

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2011: Churchwide Assembly Report Part 2

This is the oral report delivered by the presiding bishop at the 2011 Churchwide Assembly in Orlando, Fla.

2011: Churchwide Assembly Report Part 2

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2011: Churchwide Assembly Report Part 1

This is the written report of the presiding bishop at the 2011 Churchwide Assembly in Orlando, Fla.

2011: Churchwide Assembly Report Part 1

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2011: Message on the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

This is a letter about the 10th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001.

2011: Message on the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

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2010: Zion Chaplain Conference Sermon

This is a sermon delivered to chaplains of specialized ministry.

2010: Zion Chaplain Conference Sermon

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2010: World AIDS Day Message

This is a letter to everyone about World AIDS Day.

2010: World AIDS Day Message

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2010: Northwestern Ohio Synod Assembly Sermon

This is the sermon at the Northwestern Ohio Synod Assembly on May 13, 2010. It was Ascension Day.

2010: Northwestern Ohio Synod Assembly Sermon

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2010: Statement on the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS

This is the presiding bishop's message on the healing of AIDS during the National Week of Prayer.

2010: Statement on the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS

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2010: Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Law Letter to the Secretary of State

This is the presiding bishop's letter to Secretary of State Clinton about the anti-homosexuality legislation in Uganda.

2010: Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Law Letter to the Secretary of State

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2009: Letter to Rostered Leaders about the Assembly Actions on Sexuality

This is a letter to rostered leaders after the adoption of ministry policies changes at the 2009 Churchwide Assembly.

2009: Letter to Rostered Leaders about the Assembly Actions on Sexuality

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2009: Holy Land Visit Reflection

This is the reflections of the presiding bishop on the Bishops' Academy in January 2009 in the Holy Land.

2009: Holy Land Visit Reflection

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2009: All Saints Sunday Sermon Celebrating Full Communion with the United Methodist Church

This is a sermon delivered on All Saints' Day to celebrate our full-communion agreement with the United Methodist Church.

2009: All Saints Sunday Sermon Celebrating Full Communion with the United Methodist Church

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2009: Churchwide Assembly Opening Worship Sermon

This is the sermon at the opening worship for the 2009 Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis.

2009: Churchwide Assembly Opening Worship Sermon

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2009: Churchwide Assembly Report

This is the written report of the presiding bishop at the 2009 Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis.

2009: Churchwide Assembly Report

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2009: Churchwide Assembly Closing Remarks

These are the closing remarks to the 2009 Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis.

2009: Churchwide Assembly Closing Remarks

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2008: Statement on Gaza Violence

This letter was published on December 31, 2008, as the violence in Gaza was escalating and the presiding bishop was about to leave for the Holy Land on an ecumenical journey.

2008: Statement on Gaza Violence

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2008: Report to the Lutheran World Federation: Melting Snow on Kilimanjaro

This is the report to the Lutheran World Federation Council, "Melting Snow on Mt. Kilimanjaro: A Witness of a Suffering Creation."

2008: Report to the Lutheran World Federation: Melting Snow on Kilimanjaro

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2008: Joint Statement for Peace in Sudan

This is a joint statement from the ELCA and The Episcopal Church about the refugee crisis in Sudan in June 2008.

2008: Joint Statement for Peace in Sudan

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