News Releases

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

Kathy Freeman Summers appointed president and CEO, ELCA Foundation, and executive director, Mission Advancement


Kathy Freeman Summers was appointed to a four-year term as president and CEO of the ELCA Foundation and executive director of the Mission Advancement unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Her term began Oct. 1.

ELCA Conference of Bishops welcomes greater diversity


The ELCA Conference of Bishops met here Sept. 26–Sept. 30 under a theme from 2 Corinthians: “We have this treasure in clay jars.” The conference, an advisory body of the ELCA, comprises 65 synod bishops, the presiding bishop and the secretary. The conference welcomed 13 new bishops elected since the last conference meeting in March.

Presiding bishop and Conference of Bishops urge release of funds for East Jerusalem hospitals


The presiding bishop and Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have issued a letter to President Trump urging the administration to restore funding to Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) and other hospitals in East Jerusalem.

ELCA, Church of Sweden and The Episcopal Church issue climate commitment


The ELCA joins the Church of Sweden and The Episcopal Church in a commitment to work together to advocate for national and international policies that address the urgency of the climate crisis and help create resilient communities while leaving no one behind. 

ELCA’s comprehensive campaign concludes with a total impact of $250 million


​The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's (ELCA) first comprehensive campaign, Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA, has concluded after more than five years with a total impact of $250 million, including $195 million in cash gifts and gift commitments, as well as $55 million for planned gifts to campaign ministries.