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.
Chaplains in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs serve in medical centers for veterans around the country. These are large, multi-disciplinary hospitals serving the complex range of medical needs of U.S. military veterans. There is no place where God is not already present and calling leaders to participate in the work of bringing healing and hope through the good news of Jesus Christ.
ELCA pastors serve among the chaplains in these medical centers to carry out a word and sacrament ministry to those who otherwise may not experience the presence and support of a faith community and its witness of the good news of Jesus Christ. Because of the setting and the needs of the veterans served by these medical centers, Veterans Affairs chaplains representing the ELCA are ordained clergy.
Qualified applicants for Veterans Affairs chaplaincy have a minimum of two units of Clinical Pastoral Education and the best qualified will have a year of Clinical Pastoral Education, often in a Veterans Affairs training center. Positions for Veterans Affairs chaplains are posted on the federal government’s "USAJobs.gov" Web site, and any ELCA pastor seeking a Veterans Affairs chaplain position must obtain an endorsement in advance of applying. For information about endorsement for Veterans Affairs ministry and about the work of ELCA chaplains serving in these special settings, contact the Bureau for Federal Chaplaincies at 202-417-3693 or email.
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