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.
“AIDS and the Church's Ministry of Caring,” was the first social message of the newly formed ELCA in 1988. Although now clearly dated, it speaks of the ELCA's concern for human suffering, anxiety and well-being, and recognizes that AIDS is a disease that affects women, men, children and entire communities around the world. The body of Christ has AIDS, and this social message continues to urge the church and all people to be well-informed and active in this ongoing issue of health and justice.
This message commits the ELCA to a ministry of caring that welcomes all people into the life of our congregations and supports efforts within the church, communities and society to eliminate the spread of AIDS and care for those who are affected by AIDS.
You can read or download the full social message on “AIDS and the Church’s Ministry of Caring.”
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