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Past issues: 23:02 Need to Find a Way to Love; 23:01 Love, the Universal Glue; 22:12 Advent & Hope; 22:11 Christ's Cycle; 22:09 A New Look at Matthew; 22:08 Perfect In Every Way; 22:06 Shooting; 22:05 A Number of Days; 22:04 Renewal; 22:03 The Transformational Path; 22:02 The Antonine Plague Lesson; 22:01 Chairs instead of pews?; 21:12 Living in Advent21:11 Cloud of Witnesses21:10 Biblical Basics?21:09 Slipping Into the Future21:08 We Belong to God21:07 It Takes More Than a Village21:06 Pentecost-Coming or Going21:05 A Return?21:04 A Season of Penance21:03 Lenten Reflection;  21:02 The Racist Lawyer20:12 Look to Fore20:10  Where are the Christians?20:09  Remember to Laugh20:08 The Bonding, the Blessing

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ELCA News

"Christians in their longing for Christ find themselves deeply immersed in the sufferings of the world. Christians are not aloof spectators, watching the world's troubles. ... [F]aith leads us into solidarity with suffering." —ELCA social statement, The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries (2013)

As the nation watches another video exposing police violence against a Black man after a traffic stop, there will be great suffering and despair emerging from across the United States. In just over a week we have witnessed mass gun violence in California – twice – and the shooting of a protester at a future police training site in Atlanta. Each of these tragedies inspires grief, not only for the lives lost and forever altered but also for our loss of confidence in a system that continues to fail us, over and over.

It's important to remember that images are powerful and can retraumatize communities. The anticipated video footage of 29-year-old Memphis resident Tyre Nichols being beaten promises to stir many emotions and reawaken the grief of tens of millions of Americans who have seen this in their own communities. It will feel personal for those who have witnessed this trauma inflicted upon their own families.

As Americans, we must all face this problem. Together we must cry out, much as Rachael wept in loud lamentation, "How long, O Lord?"   
  
How long, O Lord, will we need to suffer at the hands of injustice?  
  
How long, O Lord, will we hear of lives taken by another shooting and fear for our own lives and our families' lives?  
  
How long, O Lord, will we fear a system that is supposed to protect all lives?  
  
Dear church, now is the time to focus, listen, learn, counsel, advocate for just reforms, and lament a grief that seems relentless, that is awoken again with each act of tragedy and injustice across this nation.  

In Christ, 

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with 3 million members in more than 8,700 worshiping communities across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. The ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.

For information contact:
Jocelyn Fuller
Sr. Director, Strategic Communications
773-380-2547
Jocelyn.fuller@elca.org


​CHICAGO — The ELCA Foundation is pleased to announce a new partnership with the investment consulting firm Fund Evaluation Group LLC (FEG).

Previously, the Foundation worked with Graystone Consulting to provide reporting and oversight of three core portfolios — the Ministry Growth Fund, Charitable Gift Annuities and Charitable Trusts. The decision to switch providers was driven mainly by a desire to enhance the service model; what has historically been research-based, objective consulting will now follow an outsourced chief investment officer (OCIO) model, aimed at building and maintaining portfolios that will specifically meet the ELCA's goals.

"Following an extensive search analyzing the services of a variety of investment consulting firms, we are excited to begin our work with FEG," said Annette Shoemaker, interim president and CEO, ELCA Foundation. "Given the complexities of the markets and the fiduciary responsibility the Foundation maintains for so many ELCA organizations and ministries, we believe that utilizing an outsourced chief investment officer alongside traditional investment consulting services will not only provide increased oversight of our gift pools going forward but introduce us to new investment strategies and vehicles. FEG brings years of foundation experience to our team, and we look forward to working with the firm."  

In the traditional investment consulting model the consultant provides advice and guidance on managing assets but the final investment choices lie with the Foundation's Investment Committee. In an OCIO model the consultant will make investment decisions in line with the committee's strategic guidance, providing daily supervision to the portfolios. This, in turn, will provide additional management and faster decision-making for the donation investments.

The FEG partnership will not disrupt the existing investments held with Portico Benefit Services, which will remain a vital investment adviser within the Ministry Growth Fund. Portico invests in a manner consistent with the faith and teachings of the ELCA. FEG will complement these existing funds with sophisticated alternative strategies common among larger, institutional investors like the Foundation, such as private equity, private debt, private real assets and other alternative strategies. FEG will further monitor and manage the risks of the entire portfolio, helping to ensure that no unintended risks are taken and driving growth of the portfolio.

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About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with 3 million members in more than 8,700 worshipping communities across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. The ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.

About the ELCA Foundation
The ELCA Foundation, a separately incorporated ministry of the ELCA, holds and manages endowment assets; offers pooled investment services for the ELCA and its related congregations, synods, agencies and institutions; and provides planned giving programs that support the mission and ministry of the ELCA.
 

About FEG
FEG is a 100%-employee-owned, full-service investment advisory firm—one of the largest independent advisory firms in the U.S., with more than 30 years' experience and approximately $70 billion in assets under advisement. FEG specializes in working with nonprofit organizations, which comprise 94% of FEG's OCIO clients.

For information contact:
Candice Hill Buchbinder
773-380-2877
Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org


Dear church, 

On Sunday the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) will for the first time ordain a woman into pastoral ministry, Sally Azar. I invite you to join in the celebration by watching this short documentary about what women's ordination means for the ELCJHL, and the livestream of the ordination service, which will begin at 7 a.m. Central time. 

At the service Lutherans from all over the world will gather at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem to bear witness to the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit in that place. I will be honored to participate, along with 18 of our synod bishops and church leaders, in this hopeful occasion in the life of Christ's church. 

The ordination of the first woman in Palestine is no accident. It is the result of the prayerful discernment, theological reflection and concerted effort of the ELCJHL — the first member of the Lutheran World Federation to adopt its Gender Justice Policy. This is an example for us all.

In 2020 the ELCA celebrated the 50th anniversary of U.S. Lutheran churches' decision to ordain women. This celebration continues through the work and witness of our church — and of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) — for gender justice and women's empowerment. We give thanks for the LWF's steadfast commitment to the ordination of women into pastoral ministry as a calling of God and a gift to Christ's church.

Let us pause this Sunday to reflect, rejoice and recommit ourselves to accompanying each other in the challenges and joys along the way. Sally, we pray for you especially. Now and always may God bless and keep you — and, through your ministry, all whom you are called to serve. 

In Christ, 

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Statement of the Lutheran World Federation, Jan. 18, 2023: "First Palestinian Woman to Be Ordained as Pastor" | The Lutheran World Federation 

Sally Azar was a Bible study leader at last year's ELCA Churchwide Assembly Bible: CWA22 Bible Study | Sally Azar | July 17, 2022 3pm CT | ELCA Churchwide Assembly 2022 - YouTube


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