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A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP Recently, I heard the Bach cantata O heilges Geist und Wasserbad. The cantata’s text is based on John 3:1-15, which was the Gospel lesson at the service where the cantata was first Read More →

Falling and not afraid

A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP Our living and our dying are great mysteries. Not long ago a young reporter contacted me wanting to talk about death. She had suddenly come to the realization that she would one Read More →

From the Bishop’s Desk: Driven by hope

AN EASTER MESSAGE FROM BISHOP GRAHAM “In your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting of the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness Read More →

Laborers into the harvest

Laborers into the harvest A CALL TO PRAYER FROM THE CONFERENCE OF BISHOPS OF THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his Read More →

St. Dysmas impacts women’s lives with caring volunteers

by the Rev. Gerry Rickel Community of St. Dysmas Lutheran Church is a unique congregation of the ELCA. It currently meets inside five different state prisons in Maryland, and all its members are incarcerated. With her permission, here’s a story Read More →

Common Mission with Episcopalians firm locally and nationally

Leaders expressed support and encouragement for continued expression of the full communion between our traditions following both the 122nd Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington (EDOW), held January 28, 2017 in D.C., and the Lutheran Episcopal Coordinating Committee Read More →