After consultation with the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and per the Sierra Pacific Synod Constitution (S8.54), the Sierra Pacific Synod Council has appointed the Rev. Claire S. Burkat as its interim bishop. She hopes to begin working in the synod the week of July 10.
The Rev. Stacie R. Fidlar of Rock Island, Ill.,
was elected June 18 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Northern Illinois
Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took
place during the synod assembly, which met online on June 5 and 12 and then in
person at Augustana College in Rock Island June 17-18.
In a joint statement, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Lutheran Refugee and Immigration Service (LIRS) renew their commitment to empower those driven from home because of conflict, persecution, poverty, climate change, and disease, committing to the Lutheran legacy of generous and compassionate welcome for those who seek refuge in our communities throughout the United States.
The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will join faith and government leaders on June 17 to mark the seventh anniversary of the racially motivated shootings at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The leaders will participate in a commemorative Bible study event that will kick off a yearlong Bible study across the country.
The Rev. William O.
Gafkjen, Indianapolis, was reelected June 9 to serve a third six-year term as
bishop of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
(ELCA). The election was held during the synod assembly, June 9-11 at the Horizon
Convention Center in Muncie, Ind.