Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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February 18, 2003

Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) told a meeting of the church's Studies on Sexuality Task Force at a February 7-9 meeting that, during his travels around the church, he senses a reluctance among Lutherans to discuss sexuality issues.Hanson...

November 13, 2002

The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has asked its ministry and worship staff for a process to study and discuss issues related to authorized lay ministry and ordained ministry. The discussion was prompted by resolutions from the church's Southwestern...

September 25, 2002

A candidate for ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has been ordained by a pastor, rather than a bishop--the second time an exception has been granted to rules established by the church's full communion agreement with the Episcopal Church.The Rev. Matthew Kuempel's...

September 17, 2002

Leaders of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), gathered in Wittenberg, Germany, where Lutheranism had its beginnings in the 16th century, urged dialogue with other faiths to ensure that no 'confrontation between religions is allowed to develop anywhere in the world.' 'However unambiguously we...

September 12, 2002

Lutheran Bishop Margot Kaessmann of Germany, one of the most prominent women in the World Council of Churches (WCC), has resigned from the Central Committee in protest over recent changes intended to address objections by Orthodox members of the ecumenical organization. The proposals will...

July 10, 2002

A bishop in the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has granted the first exception to a policy that only bishops ordain clergy, a key component of the 'full communion' agreement between the ELCA and the Episcopal Church.

Bishop Chris Boerger...

July 10, 2002

The highest-ranking leader of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in New York has been suspended for participating in an interfaith service at Yankee Stadium for the families of those killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks. The Rev. David Benke, president of the New York-based Atlantic...

July 2, 2002

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is using a national survey of 420 of its congregations to determine trends in worship attendance and how the results can be used to shape ministry. The results are showing not only who attends but indicates many of them have been members for quite a...

June 16, 2002

The members of the Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Commission (LECC) and staff members from the ecumenical offices of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Episcopal Church met June 3-5, 2002 at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City for three days of intense and...

October 10, 2001

Against a musical backdrop of handbells, a guitarist, a brass ensemble, and a 40-voice choir, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) installed its new presiding bishop, the Rev. Mark Hanson, during a festive and historic liturgy October 6. Over 1,300 people nearly filled the massive...

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