News Releases

ELCA news releases are detailed accounts describing events and ministries of the ELCA

2021 Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge announced


​Presented by the ELCA, the 2021 Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge will explore the theme "Imagining Scriptural Encounters in the New Normal." 

Torrison Medical Scholarship awards announced


​Five students were awarded 2021-22 Torrison Medical Scholarships, a program managed by the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities.

ELCA Executive Committee appoints Carlos Peña as interim vice president


​The Executive Committee of the ELCA Church Council has appointed Carlos Peña as the ELCA’s interim vice president.

ELCA mourns death of Vice President Bill Horne


​William "Bill" Horne II, vice president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, died Aug. 14 of a suspected heart attack. He served as city manager of Clearwater, Fla., since 2001.

Presiding Bishop issues response to DACA ruling


​We lament the anxiety and turmoil this ruling is causing in our communities. We pray for all who may suffer due to the end of this program. We grieve this potential loss to our church and to the communities in which we serve.

Presiding Bishop issues pastoral message on Fulton v. City of Philadelphia


​As children of God, we give thanks for all of the LGBTQIA+ people who experience God's calling to the holy work of parenting. In particular response to the June 17 Supreme Court ruling on Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the ELCA stands with our LGBTQIA+ siblings in Christ and reaffirms our commitment to equal protection, opportunities and responsibilities under the law (Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust, p. 33).