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ELCA, Moravian Church observe 15th anniversary of full communion agreement

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the full communion agreement between the ELCA and the Moravian Church in America. The agreement was adopted by the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in 1999 and subsequently by the Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian Church in America the following year.

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Walk for Water raises over $400,000 at ELCA Youth Gathering!

After the Sunday morning offering, money raised totaled more than $402,000 of our $500,000 goal. Thank you! There's still more to do!

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Uganda: Lutheran World Relief to lead five-year AgResults Legume Seeds pilot

The AgResults Uganda Legume Seeds Pilot aims to test the use of a pull mechanism to increase sales of quality, certified soybean, bean and ground nut seeds in Uganda.

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Save the Dates for Portico’s Pre-Retirement Webinars

Portico brings retirement planning to you! ELCA Retirement Plan members over age 50 or within 15 years of retirement are welcome to attend.

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New Lay School of Theology courses offered at Chillicothe and Dayton Campus starting September 19

New courses are 'The Prophets Then and Now' and 'Introduction to the New Testament.'

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'No secrets here' Bishop Eaton's August Column in The Lutheran

In her August column for The Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton says rumors and politics on three issues before the ELCA are at odds with true discernment.

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ELCA presiding bishop to hold live webcast on confronting racism

In an effort to continue understanding the complexity and implications of racism, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, invites the 3.8 million member church to participate in a live webcast Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. (CDT).

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Wheat Ridge Ministries Awards Five New GrantsPlus Grants Totaling $180,000

Consider tapping into this rich resource to fund your programs.

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Update! Southern Ohio Synod/ELCA and Veterans Administration Rural Clergy Training at Good Shepherd, Kenwood, OH, Wednesday, August 12 and Wednesday August 19, 2015

This is a growing ministry area as more and more veterans return home after multiple deployments. If you have a heart for veterans and their families, please consider taking advantage of this workshop.

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ELCA youth rise up to help residents of Detroit

Participants of the ELCA Youth Gathering held in Detroit July 15-19 responded to the event’s theme “Rise Up Together” by taking part in neighborhood service projects throughout the Detroit metro area.

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ELCA members describe life-changing Youth Gathering

Life-changing, amazing, unimaginable, and impactful are some of the words members of the ELCAused to describe their experience during the ELCA Youth Gathering meeting here July 15-19.

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Lutherans support release of detained immigrant families

Leaders of the ELCA and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) expressed gratitude for a move by the Obama administration to begin releasing some detained mothers and children seeking asylum in the United States.

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ELCA youth build relationships with Detroit residents (See Photos from SOS participants!)

Wearing their orange T-shirts and dancing to live music, which reverberated in the streets of downtown Detroit, thousands of youth and adult participants of the ELCA Youth Gathering gathered July 16 at Hart Plaza. They gathered here before boarding buses lined-up for a mile-long, stretching from the Cobo Center to the Joe Louis Arena, to depart for their service work further into the city.

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ELCA youth believe that ‘Love Does’ bind

One message that was heard loud and clear among teenage-age youth of the ELCA is that “Love Does” bind. About 500 youth from across this church gathered July 12-15 at Wayne State University here for the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) – an event designed to empower young people of color and/or whose primary language is other than English.

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A Pastoral Letter & Guidance to Pastors & Congregations of the SOS on Same-Gender Marriage Ruling

Bishop Suzanne Dillahunt sent a letter to all rostered leaders regarding the United States Supreme Court ruling on same-gender marriage. This letter should be read by all of our congregational members as well as rostered leaders.

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ELCA leaders express grief over shooting in South Carolina

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, released a statement June 18 in response to a shooting where nine people were killed at a historic African American church in Charleston, S.C. Local authorities are calling the killing racially motivated.

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Invitation to attend 'Social Media & The Church' workshop on August 20

All members of the Southern Ohio Synod are invited to attend a special workshop in Brecksville, Ohio featuring Pr. Clint Schnekloth, the ELCA Clergy Facebook page adminstrator.

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