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  • Kits and finances helpful relief tools


    The Lutheran World Federation, a Lutheran World Relief (LWR) partner, has already distributed LWR Project Promise Personal Care and Baby Care Kits to people located in the hardest hit southern region of Haiti following Hurricane Matthew (LWR Press Release, 10/14/16). In the U.S., synods, affiliate-organizations and Lutheran Disaster Response coordinators are collaborating with community leaders, civic organizations, ecumenical partners and officials on damage assessments and planning proper responses. “As this Hurricane has exposed the vulnerabilities we all face in the presence of such powerful force of nature,” says Pastor Joseph Chu, Program Associate for Lutheran Disaster Response-U.S. “It also helps us see the connectedness we

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  • 499th anniversary of the Reformation


    Spend the afternoon on Reformation Sunday at Washington National Cathedral at a synod-hosted worship service. Music and majesty will blend under an October sky while we have a chance to brush with our roots and our continued growth in faith. Reformation Sunday Worship takes place October 30 at 4 p.m. A choir from Luther Place Memorial in D.C. will bring a musical offering and the Rev. Dr. Gordon Lathrop, retired Professor of Liturgy and Worship, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, will preach. We look forward to being

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  • Martin Marty part of next webcast


    Tune into the live webcast on Thursday, October 27 at 8 p.m. EDT. "Ecumenical Witness on the Eve of the Reformation Anniversary" will feature a panel including American Lutheran religious scholar, Martin Marty, and the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop. Submit questions for the live telecast using livinglutheranelca.org (include your name and your congregation's name/city/state) or use #ELCAwebcast on social media. Visit ELCA.org/webcast to connect and get more

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  • #BellsforAleppo ring for prayer and presence


    At five o'clock in the evening today - and every day through Oct. 24 - church bells are ringing symbolizing people’s sadness and solidarity with the people of Aleppo, Syria. Local congregations are invited to take part. The war-torn city of Aleppo has been embroiled in violence as attacks continue. Scores of civilians have perished while marketplaces and medical facilities have been reduced to rubble. Ringing bells together is one way in a moving way to be present in spirit and prayer for the people of Aleppo, who are facing a humanitarian crisis as war continues around them, said Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The ACT Alliance in collaboration with the Lutheran World Federation and

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  • #ELCAvotes initiative continues


    The #ELCAvotes movement is helping our community engage through conversation, prayer and action this election season. ELCA Advocacy suggests several #ELCAvotes tools: a Bible Study on “Voting Rights Today,” a “Civic Participation and Voter Education Guide,” and social media connection with the hashtag #ELCAvotes. Also leading the #ELCAvotes effort are ELCA Racial Justice Ministries and ELCA Young Adult Ministry. ELCAvotes is an initiative to: Expand the role of the church in encouraging faithful and non-partisan voter participation by providing faith based resources around voting; Provide a framework for all Lutherans to understand and speak out about the intersection of voting/elections, racial/gender and economic

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