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Past issues: 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 Blessing20:07 A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven20:06 We are the Church; 20:05 Let's Endure; 20:04 A Future with Hope; 20:03 The Gift of Wonder; 19:11 Love Justice; 19:09 Life as a Story; 19:08 How to Pray; 19:06 The Love of God; 19:05 The Work of Healing; 19:04 We Belong to Each Other; 19:03 Faith as a Wellspring; 19:02 What To Do About God; 19:01 The Mantra of Advent; 18:12 Unstuffing the Turkey; 18:11 Where To Next; 18:09 Is Your Ego in the Way; 18:07 Subject to Authority; 18:06 Unexpected Voices18:05 The Tie That Binds; 18:04 Meeting Up; 18:03 Believing or Trusting; 18:02 Abiding in Love; 18:01 A Moment in Time; 17:12 A New You; 17:10 An Exhortation17:09, 17:08; 17:05; 17:04; 17:03; 17:02; 17:01; 16:12; 16:11;16:10; 16:09; 16:08; 16:06; 16:05; 16:04; 16:03; 16:02; 16:01; 15:12; 15:11; 15:10; 15:09; 15:08; 15:06 15:05; 15:03; 15:02; 15:01; 14:10; 14:09; 14:08; 14:07; 14:05; 14:04; 14:02; 14:01

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ELCA News

​CHICAGO – The Rev. Paul D. Erickson, Milwaukee, was reelected May 21 to a six-year term as bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the synod assembly, May 20-21 at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. The assembly was also available online.

The bishop was reelected on the fifth ballot, with 215 votes to 100 votes for the Rev. Michelle Townsend de Lopez, pastor of Cross Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. A total of 158 votes was needed for election.

Prior to becoming bishop, Erickson served as director of Agora, a ministry helping to develop lay leaders for immigrant and multicultural congregations in Minnesota and South Dakota, in St. Paul, Minn., from 2014 to 2016. He served as assistant to the bishop for evangelical mission in the Saint Paul Area Synod from 2008 to 2014.

Erickson earned a Bachelor of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., in 1983, a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1989 and a Doctor of Ministry in congregational mission and leadership from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. in 2012. Gustavus Adolphus is one of 26 ELCA colleges and universities. The Lutheran School of Theology and Luther are two of seven ELCA seminaries.

Information about the Greater Milwaukee Synod is available at milwaukeesynod.org/.

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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 3.3 million members in more than 8,900 worshiping communities across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands.," 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:
Candice Hill Buchbinder
773-380-2877
Candice.Buchbinder@ELCA.org


​Chicago – In a May 18 letter, bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) urged congressional leaders to support the transfer of much-needed funds to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to cover debt owed to Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) in East Jerusalem.

AVH is owned and operated by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and supported by the ELCA and several other member churches of the LWF. Located on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, the hospital provides lifesaving health care to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. The hospital's cash flow problems stem from the inability of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to make regular payments on the fees for cancer patients it refers to the hospital.

"AVH is the first and only hospital to provide radiation therapy for cancer patients in the Palestinian territories and the only medical facility in the West Bank offering pediatric kidney dialysis," the letter states. "On a daily basis, these and other specialty services touch countless lives, both young and old, from communities across the Palestinian territories. . . .

"Please support the transfer of $120 million to the USAID to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people in 2022. These allocations are needed to cover the PA's debt to AVH and the other East Jerusalem hospitals," the letter continues.

"From the Holy Land, our Lutheran Palestinian siblings are crying out, asking us to step into the breach and renew funds to Augusta Victoria Hospital," said the Rev. Laurie Larson Caesar, bishop of the ELCA Oregon Synod. "Due to no fault of their own, the situation has become an urgent humanitarian crisis. Let's not close our ears and eyes. We are proud of the crucial role this Lutheran medical center has played in the West Bank, but when funds are threatened, so are the lives of refugees, children, elders and more." Caesar is chair of the ELCA Conference of Bishops Middle East Ready Bench.

Read the letter.

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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 more than 3.3 million members in more than 8,900 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands.," 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:
Candice Hill Buchbinder
Public Relations Manager
773-380-2877
Candice.Buchbinder@ELCA.org.


"Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored?" —Jeremiah 8:22

Our hearts grieve for those who have been killed and our souls cry out against more lives lost to the hatred birthed by racism. As we mourn those lives lost as a result of the racially motivated killings in Buffalo, we ask God to ease the continued suffering and trauma of our Black siblings throughout the nation and in our church. We are one body in Christ, so when one part suffers, we all suffer.

We of the ELCA acknowledge our complicity in the ongoing cycle of violence that grows out of white supremacy. "Through colonization and slavery, the United States of America helped to create and embrace a system of valuing and devaluing people based on skin color and ethnic identity," the National Council of Churches declared in 2020. "The name for this system is white supremacy." As a predominantly white church, we benefit from this system, and we must double our efforts to dismantle it.

In 2019 the ELCA Churchwide Assembly adopted the social policy resolution "Condemnation of White Supremacy and Racist Rhetoric." Through this action we committed to pushing back and speaking out against racist ideas that divide God's children and perpetuate white supremacy in our church and society. At the Heidelberg Disputation of 1518, Martin Luther reminded us that "a theology of glory calls evil good and good evil. A theology of the cross calls the thing what it actually is." Calling a thing what it actually is can be a first step toward healing the wounds of God's people, but not the last. We must take real and lasting action now—through education, relationship-building with Historic Black Churches, ongoing anti-racism education, advocacy, and self-reflection. Churches have a foundational role in eradicating racism and white supremacy in society.

The ELCA's European Descent Lutheran Association for Racial Justice (a network of white leaders committed to anti-racism in our church) calls upon all ELCA members, especially white congregations and leaders, to join their communities and other congregations in prayer, study and actions utilizing many churchwide and ecumenical resources. The association will host a drop-in Zoom call on Tuesday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time. Advance registration is required at bit.ly/DropInGathering.


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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 more than 3.3 million members in more than 8,900 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands," 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:
Candice Hill Buchbinder
Public Relations Manager
773-380-2877
Candice.Buchbinder@ELCA.org


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