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.
Thoughtful, active participation in society is vital to the mission of the ELCA as we join in God’s work in the world. As individual members, and as a larger organized faith community, we are liberated by our faith to love and serve our neighbors and the communities in which they live — questions, complexities and all. Social statements, messages, social policy resolutions and studies of social issues are important tools and resources that guide our church as it participates in what God is up to in society and the world.
“Policies and Procedures of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for Addressing Social Concerns” describes the purpose, character and processes for how we develop social statements, messages, social policy resolutions and studies. For a better understanding of the ELCA’s social teaching and policy development, visit “How the ELCA Addresses Social Concerns.”
Currently, there is one writing project underway on the social issue of “Women and Justice.” The ELCA Task Force on “Women and Justice: One in Christ” is leading the work on this project and is charged with the responsibility to bring a social statement to the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.
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.