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...
With gratitude for those who have gone before and hope for the future, the ELCA gives thanks to God for the ministry of women. In 2019 and 2020 we celebrate 50 years of Lutheran women being ordained in the United States, 40 years of women of color being ordained, and 10 years of LGBTQIA+ individuals being able to serve freely.
In its simplest form, becoming a sanctuary denomination means that the ELCA is publicly declaring that walking alongside immigrants and refugees is a matter of faith. In baptism, we are brought into a covenantal relationship with Jesus Christ that commits us to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois has won the sixth annual
Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. The $25,000
award honors LSSI's Second Family Program, which combines the
agency's child welfare and HIV-AIDS services. "Through Second
Family, HIV-infected parents are linked with AIDS services in
their communities to help them develop permanent placement plans
for their children, enabling them to choose second families for
their children without giving up custody," said Tracy Sadlon,
director of resource development for LSSI. HIV-infected parents
often fear that at their death, or even before, their young
children will become wards of the state. A permanency plan would
allow the birth parents to choose from a pool of prospective
parents recruited and trained by LSSI to care for the special
mental and physical needs facing children in such situations.
The "second family" becomes more involved in the care of the
child as the HIV-infected parent's health deteriorates. LSSI
works with government services to ensure that legal, financial
and counseling assistance is available. The agency is one of
more than 250 social ministry organizations affiliated with the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The Drucker Award will
be presented Nov. 1 in San Francisco.
For information contact: Ann Hafften, Dir., ELCA News Service,
(312) 380-2958 or AHAFFTEN@ELCA.ORG; Frank Imhoff, Assoc. Dir.,
(312) 380-2955 or FRANKI@ELCA.ORG
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