News Releases

ELCA news releases are detailed accounts describing events and ministries of the ELCA

A pastoral letter from the ELCA presiding bishop regarding the actions of the Reformed Church in America General Synod 2021

10/20/2021

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton has issued a pastoral letter on the Reformed Church in America's Oct. 14-19 General Synod meeting, at which a Vision 2020 Report was presented, offering recommendations for the future of the denomination.


ELCA issues declaration to American Indian and Alaska Native people

10/11/2021

The ELCA has released "A Declaration of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to American Indian and Alaska Native People," a direct result of the social policy resolution “Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery,” passed by the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.

Presiding Bishop Eaton urges humane treatment of Haitian and other migrants

09/24/2021

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has issued a statement urging the Biden administration to vigorously pursue actions granting protection to migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Telling and Teaching the Truth: The Church’s Obligation to Education about the Ongoing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery

09/23/2021

ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton has co-signed with other heads of churches from Churches Beyond Borders a letter on the legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery, inviting members to commemorate Sept. 30 as a day for truth and healing.

Bishop Eaton joins other church leaders at White House meeting on pending economic legislation

09/22/2021

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and other members of the Circle of Protection coalition will meet today with senior officials at the White House to urge passage of economic bills the U.S. Congress is considering.

2021 Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge announced

09/17/2021

​Presented by the ELCA, the 2021 Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge will explore the theme "Imagining Scriptural Encounters in the New Normal."